Books: Little Houses

THE FIRST FOUR YEARS by Laura Ingalls Wilder. 134 pages. Harper & Row. $4.95.

Some 40 years ago, an elderly lady sat down in a farmhouse on the edge of the Missouri Ozarks and wrote a book about her frontier childhood in the 1870s. Warm and straightforward, full of detail, Little House in the Big Woods was followed by seven more volumes—only slightly disguised as fiction —that carried the heroine. Laura Ingalls, to the point of marriage with Almanzo Wilder. Collectively and individually, all the books have become classics of children's literature. It is...

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