Thursday, February 07, 2008

Little House on the Prairie arrives on CD

Shall auld acquaintance be forgot, and the days of auld lang syne?

When the fiddle had stopped singing Laura called out softly, "What are the days of auld lang syne, Pa?"

"They are the days of a long time ago, Laura," Pa said. "Go to sleep, now."

Relive the days of auld lang syne. Newly arrived at Lansing Library is Laura Ingalls Wilder's "Little House" series on CD. These classic tales tell of Laura's life as a child, traveling by covered wagon and growing up on the Dakota prairie. The audio versions include fiddle music to help bring the stories alive for the listener.

Audiobooks are a great way to pass the time during a long (or short) car trip. They're great for struggling readers to listen to and follow along with the story. And unabridged versions like these leave nothing out, giving you the whole story just as you would read it yourself.

Share one of these classics with your children today, or reacquaint yourself with the series. Begin with Little House in the Big Woods and move on from there. You'll be transported to the snowy woods of Wisconsin, to a time where fresh meat came from hunting and trapping and a trip to town was a very special occasion indeed. Revisit the joys of a sugaring dance, of a roasted pig's tail, and of a simple rag doll named Charlotte.

Laura lay awake a little while, listening to Pa's fiddle softly playing and to the lonely sound of the wind in the Big Woods. She looked at Pa sitting on the bench by the hearth, the fire-light gleaming on his brown hair and beard and glistening on the honey-brown fiddle. She looked at Ma, genly rocking and knitting.

She thought to herself, "This is now."

She was glad that the cosy house, and Pa and Ma and the fire-light and the music, were now. They could not be forgotten, she thought, because now is now. It can never be a long time ago.

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