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Little House in the Big Woods

I love children’s literature and while I was pregnant, I so looked forward to reading to Devan. I wanted to share all my childhood favourites and discover new ones together. We just finished reading Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House in the Big Woods. I wanted him to see that being a kid wasn’t always all about going to school, playing video games and getting dessert after supper. Those children in the 1800’s had a very different sort of life than he has now.

A bonus when reading to Devan is finding references to knitting. I’ve always wanted to compile a list of kid’s books that are either about knitting or have a knitting reference. The Little House book did not disappoint.

In the chapter entitled, Christmas, handknit presents were plentiful:

Laura’s mittens

In each stocking there was a pair of bright red mittens, and there was a long, flat stick of red-and-white-striped peppermint candy, all beautifully notched along each side.

[…] Pa and Uncle Peter had each a pair of new, warm mittens, knit in little squares of red and white. Ma and Aunt Eliza had made them.

Laura received a very special present too:

Laura’s doll Laura colour

… Laura was the happiest of all. Laura had a rag doll.

She was a beautiful doll. She had a face of white cloth with black button eyes. A black pencil had made her eyebrows, and her cheeks and her mouth were red with the ink made from pokeberries. Her hair was black yarn that had been knit and raveled, so that it was curly.

Something else that’s quite different now-a-days. This is from the chapter entitled, Sundays.

On Sundays Mary and Laura must not run or shout or be noisy in their play. Mary could not sew on her nine-patch quilt, and Laura could not knit on the tiny mittens she was making for Baby Carrie.

I’m glad we can knit on Sundays now!

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