I loved to get carried away in the stories that unfolded in those books, and my fascination with a simpler time has stayed with me into adulthood. Kids can learn so many good qualities from those books, from having responsibility for their own food and animals to how to handle the very real struggles of poverty and loss.
The Little House on the Prairie books may be about a time none of us saw, but their lessons will never be dated. Caring for one another, sticking together in tough times, and everyone sharing the burden to sustain a household will always be things our kids should know and apply to their own lives.
My son told me the other day that he wants the pig from the store, even though I told him about raising our own pigs for meat. He insists that there is a difference, and that disconnect is not unique to my children, I am certain. We need to teach our kids about the cycle of life and the symbiosis between species. We can’t afford for them to forget their roots.
The Little House on the Prairie series is a must-read for any child, and the lessons it imparts are lessons for a lifetime.