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LITTLE HOUSE CHRONICLE FEBRUARY 28, 1870 BRIANNA G. ISSUE NO. LA6Little House in the Big Woods visit friends and relatives. During the summer months, Ma gardened and PaBy Laura Ingalls Wilder hunted and did the fieldwork. The girls watched or helped with tasks, some of the Little House in the Big Woods is a fun one’s were making straw hats and largehistorical fiction, that Laura Ingalls begins rounds of cheese. All summer the familyby telling her own story from when she was works to prepare food for the winter, buta little girl, growing up in the deep woods of they aren’t isolated as friends can come overWisconsin in the early 1870’s. The story to visit, and they also go for visits to housestakes place over one whole year as she of their friends and relatives.describes what life is like with her A huge part of the book centerspioneering family through experiences and around the harsh fringed winter and being soall kinds of adventures. isolated. A devastating winter storm hits the The story opens with Laura living Big Woods, the Ingalls family have to workwith her Pa, Ma, and two sisters Mary and together to make the best out of a really badCarrie in a log cabin, with their trusty dog situation. You have to read the book to findJack, far away from the nearest town, on out all the amazing things they do totheir farm. The woods they live in are home survive.to many bears and wolves. Wolves are rightoutside their door and howl. The family THE INGALLS LOG CABIN:fears them, but when Pa kills a bear, theyhave fresh meat to eat. MY ONE TO ONE INTERVIEW In the autumn, Pa and Ma start to WITH DAUGHTER LAURAgather food for the winter. Laura and Mary INGALLShave "chores" every day. They do them By: Brianna G.without being told or complaining. Onlywhen they are done do they go and play. In I had the pleasure recently of sitting down inthe cold months Ma and Pa do the majority the Ingalls log home to have a conversationof the chores. Pas chores included hunting with their daughter Laura to learn aboutfor fresh meat, trapping for furs, taking care what it is like living in the Wisconsinof their animals and cleaning his gun. Laura woods.loved the evenings in the winter as Paplayed his fiddle and told the girls all sorts Laura Ingalls is a 6 year old little girl, withof stories from when he was growing up. short brown hair, who lives with her Pa, MaWhen spring time came there was spring and two sisters. Laura is the middle sibling (CONTINUED from PAGE 1)planting and Laura got to go on her first tripto town. Laura and her family also got to 1
ONE TO ONE INTERVIEW WITH DAUGHTER tend to the fire so it doesn’t go out, and helpLAURA INGALLS mom cook and clean up. Sometimes after our chores Ma cuts out paper dolls for Marywith an older sister Mary and a baby sister and I to play.Carrie. Laura is close with her older sisterMary and they do almost everything B: What do you do in the winter when it istogether, as there are no houses anywhere too bitter cold to go out?near them to have other close friends. Asmuch as Laura enjoys playing outside she L: Mary and I like to play house in the attic.knows she must be very careful as there are Mary has a ragdoll named Nettie. My firstdangerous wild animals. Laura is doll was a corncob wrapped in aresponsible when it comes to doing chores handkerchief named Susan. My favoriteand often volunteers to help others. Laura Christmas was when I got my first realnever hesitates to speak up and is often ragdoll. I named her Charlotte. In thescolded for interrupting. Laura is known to evenings we all gather around the fire.have a hard time sitting still at times she While Pa is greasing the traps he uses toshould be quiet and winds up getting into catch wild animals, he tells us all sorts ofmischievous trouble. stories and jokes. The best part is after he finishes with the traps he takes out his fiddleB: What is your least favorite part of living and plays. We listen until it’s time for bed.on the farm? B: Are there ways you help your familyL: The squealing of a hog bothers me so prepare for the long winter months?much, when Pa and Uncle Henry arebutchering it; I run and hide under my bed, L: I help my Ma and Pa a lot. I gathercover my ears and won’t come out until the potatoes, carrots, beets, turnips and cabbagessquealing has stopped. from our vegetable garden and I help take them down to the cellar to store because it’sB: What happens after the hog is killed? cooler there.L: There’s a lot to do and all the fun starts. B: What are some unusual things yourThe best part is when Pa gives Mary and me family does to stay warm in the winter?the pig’s bladder and tail. Pa blows up thebladder and ties the end with a string. Mary L: We stuff all the window panes with clothand I use it as a balloon that we play with to keep out the frigid temperatures. If we arefor hours. The pig’s tail is very yummy to shivering under our fur blankets we put oneat. Ma helps us roast the tails on sticks over our coats and mittens. Ma then puts pipingthe cook stove. hot potatoes in our pockets and it helps warm us up.B: Can you tell me what some of yourchores are? B: How does your family get other supplies you need when you are so far out here in theL: It depends on what time of the year it is: woods?weeding the garden, feeding calves andhens, gathering eggs, washing dishes,straightening beds, carrying in firewood, (CONTINUED from PAGE 2) 2
HISTORIC BLIZZARD NOTONE TO ONE INTERVIEW WITH DAUGHTERLAURA INGALLS ONLY CRIPPLES TOWN OF PEPIN, LEFT INGALLS FAMILYL: The town Pepin is 7 miles away from our TRAPPED AT LOG CABIN INcabin. In the spring my Pa walks to the town WISCONSIN WOODSstore to trade the fur from the animals he By: Brianna G.trapped all winter long. He exchanges themfor items we need and can use for several Old man winter started early this year withmonths. bitter cold weather. It left little time for folks to prepare for the long winter months. FolksB: Have you ever been to town? reported waking in the night from what sounded like loud howling noises. It was tooL: Pa just took me for the first time; we went dark to see anything outside and frightenedwith our horse and buggy. It was the first folks would not open their doors to thetime I saw houses next to one another. We unknown. The townsfolk quickly realized itwent to the town store. There were so many was not wild animals, as the winds pickedbolts of cloths Ma got to choose from to up and glass panes rattled. Knowing theremake us new clothes and sheets. was nothing they could do folks go back to bed. The townsfolk of Pepin woke to beingB: Laura thank you for sitting down and covered in blankets of snow, with blindingsharing what your life is like with your snow still coming down, were unable to seefamily. anything outside. Folks had no choice but to stay in their homes as it was too dangerousL: Ma can I go outside and play with Mary outside. The blizzard conditions were farnow? worse for the Ingalls Family. Their log cabin in the Wisconsin woods was covered under snowdrifts. They could not see out of the windows or open the door as it was blocked by the snow. The only thing they could do was wait the storm out by listening for ‘quite’ outside. They were beginning to run out of firewood when the snow finally stopped. However, when they opened the door the snow was as high as their 6 year old daughter Laura, and blocked the way. Pa Ingalls was able to shovel to the woodpile. It was so bitter cold that when they uncovered the pork and bear meat hanging by their door it was frozen solid. It took Pa a long time to shovel a path from the cabin to the barn. All the snow resulted in there being no wild game for meat. The down trees blocked the paths into town and it was impossible to make it by foot for the seven miles, and too dangerous to travel by horse and buggy. There was no way into town for weeks. 3
BRI TELLS ALL TRUTHFUL BRIBy: Brianna G. Dear Truthful Bri,The book I am recommending this month is My family says we can’t waste trading theLittle House in the Big Woods by Laura family’s fur in exchange for candy, as thereIngalls Wilder. I give this book 5 stars. From are more important necessities. But mythe very first page you won’t want to wait to sister Mary and I want a sweet treat for thesee what happens next. As the reader you days we are stuck inside our house, becausewill be so engrossed, as the words on the of bad weather. My sister and I think this ispages come alive, and you can feel what it is very unfair. We help Ma and Pa everydaylike to live the life of a pioneer and with whatever chores they ask us to do, andexperience all the adventures of being in the don’t complain when even doing chores wewoods of Wisconsin in the 1870’s. The book don’t like. We want Ma and Pa to be kindis beautifully illustrated by Garth Williams, and let us have candy. Can you help uswho really helps you to visualize the convince Ma and Pa we should be rewardedauthor’s words coming to life. You can see with candy for our hard work or should welife through Lauras eyes - the hardships, the stop asking?unpredictable winter weather, wild animalsroaming the woods and the family’s Sincerely,struggle to survive. One message I took Candy Craving Sisters from a little house inaway was life is survivable without all of the Big Woodstoday’s technology. In the past it tookcaring, sharing and the entire family Dear Candy Craving Sisters,working together for survival. It did not Part of being a part of a family is everyonematter how old you were to pitch in and help pitching in to help. It’s not who has whatyour family. It was all about togetherness. I chore, but everyone working together as areally enjoyed the descriptions of early ways team. Sounds like your Ma and Pa areto make cheese, butter churning, making already doing a lot for you girls, as you livecandy, and soaking bundles of oats to make in a house. I do understand how you arestraw for hat. I loved the part of how they feeling as everyone likes sweets. I have anused pig bladder to make balloons. I would idea that I think you will like, that you canrecommend this book if you enjoy learning do together with your family when you arewhat it was like to live in the early west. It is stuck inside on snowy days. This is a simplevery appropriate for ages 10 through 12. I do and inexpensive way to make homemadethink that girls will like the book more as it candy. Ma and Pa need to supervise. Boilis told through the eyes of a little girl. molasses and sugar together until it is thick syrup. Put some clean white frozen snowMILKING COW FOR SALE Inquire at Pepin Town Store into some pans. Pour the dark syrup in little streams onto the snow. You can make different shapes. It will harden at once, and now you have homemade candy to share with everyone. From, Truthful Brihttp:// www.flickr.com/photos/dampoint/8157141950/ 4
Sale atLETTERS TO THE EDITORRe: Animals, Not Just For Food; TownStore Sells Beautiful Fur Blankets By: Brown BearI am writing in response to you encouragingpeople to go out and kill animals just for Pepin Towntheir fur. You imply this is a good way totake care of your family when living so faraway from the town. But, are you really justwanting the town store to make a profit asfurs are in great demand. There are otherways to take care of a family withoutunnecessarily harming animals. If we areconstantly killing animals for fur you Storedecrease the population of animals. We needanimals for meat to eat, especially in thewinter when you are so far away from town.In the end if there is less meat for food wecan’t survive. I think it would be better tofind ways people can survive using morethings from land, like vegetable gardens. Ifpeople still need a way to stay warm weshould sheer more sheep to make woolblankets and sweaters. Killing animalsshould be a necessity not to makepleasurable items.Needed Helper: Strong man to help harvest oat crops.Exchange of labor for 3 dozen fresh eggs. inquire at Ingallsfarm http://www.flickr.com/photos/japi14/742383235/ v BOLTS OF CLOTH IN ALL SORTS OF NEW COLORShttp://www.flickr.com/photos/freefoto/7589952900/ AND PATTERNS 5
v NEW ETCHED GLASS LANTERNS – 1 WICK CAN LAST FOR UP TO 5 DAYS.v DEER LEATHER BOOTS FOR ADULTS AND CHILDRENv NEW KNIVES FOR HUNTING AND BUTCHERINGØ FOR EACH 2ND PURCHASE/EXCHANGE, STORE WILL ADD A PIECE OF CANDY 6