Do you love Little House on the Prairie®? I think every homesteader does.
Recently I was contacted by the folks at Family Friendly Productions, LLC to review the newly-remastered Little House on the Prairie®: Season 1 television show. They’ve redeisgned the Little House on the Prairie® website, LittleHouseOnThePrairie.com! Along with the DVD of the TV show, I was sent a DVD documentary, The Legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder to review.
I hadn’t watched the TV show, Little House on the Prairie®, since I was very young. In essence, I was watching the show as if I had never seen it before, although I do remember the book well.
The compelling story lines of the TV show interested even my husband, who usually only cares about cars.
The quality of the DVD was excellent, and you’ll be sure to have an enjoyable watching experience.
What struck me the most, however, was the meeting of 1970’s American culture with Wilder’s descriptions of life on the American frontier. As a child, I couldn’t appreciate the level of risk the Ingall’s family took when they moved from Wisconsin to Kansas to take advantage of the Homestead Act.
It must have seemed like insanity at the time to move from relative security in civilization to a something of a war zone, where there was little support if they got into trouble. The TV show does a great job of evoking the emotions associated with the trials of the Ingall’s family.
The Ingalls family tried making it as farmers, and time and again, they were thwarted by the US government or nature. Each time, though, they survived and worked hard to create a better life for themselves.
The TV show is very much a product of it’s time: 1970s America. That being said, it harkens back to a time in modern American culture when television was made to inspire and be enjoyed by all age levels – something that’s missing in television today.
You can watch this show, your children will learn something about life in the 1800’s frontier society, and you can feel good about it. The quality of the writing and the acting brings to life the Little House storylines in a way everyone can enjoy.
The documentary, The Legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder, covers the creation of the Little House books as well as Wilder’s inspiration for each novel. It also delves into her relationship with her daughter, Rose, who encouraged her mother to write the Little House books.
I thoroughly enjoyed the documentary, and think it’s a good learning tool for school-age children and adults.
Both the DVD Little House on the Prairie® (Seasons 1-4) and the documentary, The Legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder can be purchased on the Little House on the Prairie website, along with the Little House books.
If you head over there right now, you can get in on a giveaway! You have the opportunity to win the first 4 seasons of Little House on the Prairie®, the best selling Pioneer Girl autobiography (packaged with an exclusive Pioneer Girl tote bag!), and the recently released documentary about Laura Ingalls Wilder. You can enter here!
Maat van Uitert is a backyard chicken and sustainable living expert. She is also the author of Chickens: Naturally Raising A Sustainable Flock, which was a best seller in it’s Amazon category. Maat has been featured on NBC, CBS, AOL Finance, Community Chickens, the Huffington Post, Chickens magazine, Backyard Poultry, and Countryside Magazine. She lives on her farm in Southeast Missouri with her husband, two children, and about a million chickens and ducks. You can follow Maat on Facebook here and Instagram here.