Little Town on the Prairie is an autobiographical child’ novel written by Laura Ingalls Wilder. The main theme of the book, Little Town on the Prairie talks about the importance of family, American pride, and the pioneer life on the prairie. The authors opinion shown in writing is that she wrote this historical fiction book to express the childhood of the pioneer family and to tell how hard they worked, even they struggles over hard time, but they still manage to stick together and helped each other as a family and lived happily together.
The main character in this book is Laura, she is hardworking and is loyal to its family. She cares about her sister Mary much. She got a job that she doesn’t really like to contribute to Mary’s college fees. She saves money for their family and is sensible too. Pa is proud of his family in being American. To him, America stands for independence and freedom. “Laure and Carrie knew the Declaration by heart, of course, but it gave them a solemn, glorious feeling to hear the words. They took hold of hands and stood listening in the solemnly listening crowd. The Stars and Stripes were fluttering bright against the thin, clear blue overhead, and their minds were saying the words before their ears heard them.”(Chapter 8) In this chapter, Laura and her family attend Fourth of July celebrations. This quote shows the pleasure they take in being American and the symbols that represent this such as the American flag and the Declaration of Independence. As a pioneer family, they feel independent and free and respect their young country.
In my collage, I made using Canva includes four pictures which represent different meanings. The picture on the top left has a woman doing house work, this is a unique scene being described in the book too. They knit clothes to make money, milk the cows and doing house hold duties are required. The picture on the top right corners shows the family members told in the story. This shows the strong relationship between the families. The bottom left shows an American flag, this flag is very important and represent the family royalty between each other and pride to their nation. At last, there is a picture of the big prairie and a baby calf. I put this picture because I want to give a visual picture of the story.It was quite difficult to live on a prairie because the pioneers were setting up their new towns and there was no safety net against the harshness of the weather, it might be dangerous for to live. To Pa, Being an American means they can fix anything as long as they work hard.
“Then the storms had stopped school, and all through that long winter the blizzards had howled between the houses, shutting them off from each other so that day after day and night after night not a voice could be heard and not a light could be seen through the swirling snow. All winter long, they had been crowded in the little kitchen, cold and hungry and working hard in the dark and the cold to twist enough hay to keep the fire going and to grind wheat in the coffee mill to grind wheat for the day’s bread.”(Chapter 2) This quote shows loneliness, as well as the struggle of pioneer life. The book shows man vs nature is like enemy. Both Laura and Pa love the outdoors and land, but they are both well aware of natural disaster nature can cause. Crops cold be destroyed by a single hailstorm. Winter can bring starvation to entire town. These challenges are inevitable.
I think this book is really cool and if you want to read more about the author, click this hyperlink to see more series of the little house books by Laura Ingalls Wilder.