There. I’ve said it. I’m in some sort of freak demographic of people who homeschool and love children’s books yet don’t love Laura Ingalls Wilder. I haven’t even ever read them all. I read the first couple as a kid. I was a voracious reader, but they didn’t interest me. That was the end of that. Or so I thought.
Since entering into the world of homeschooling, I’ve discovered there’s a fanaticism for these books. It’s not just among homeschoolers, but they certainly seem to lead the pack. Here’s my very uninformed take. I think the nostalgia for a forgotten way of life really appeals to some people. The way the family in the books sticks together and makes a life for themselves really speaks to homeschoolers in particular. A lot of homeschoolers like to see themselves as part of a tradition of home education that stretches back to the early days of this country and the Little House books help reflect that. However, I’ve never had historical nostalgia. I refuse to believe things were better once upon a time. Every generation has different problems. Even as I kid, I don’t think I bought that things were ever better before modern medicine. Plus there’s the issue of the racism embedded in the books. I know it was just part of the time period, but these aren’t just casual mentions. The family got their land because they took it from Native Americans.
So I think that may be why this undeniably well-written series never appealed to me. I just never caught that element of it.
So they’re not for me. No one hate me. Please.