The Little House books has inspired many people to adopt a pioneer-style life. The books, which are based on Laura’s experiences growing up as a child on the American frontier, depict a simple and self-sufficient way of life that many find appealing in today’s overly commercialized world.
The characters in the books are resourceful and hardworking, relying on their own skills and the resources around them to survive, such as when Laura and her father made hay sticks to burn for heat during the Long Winter, or even some of the chores they did to sustain their life, such as churning butter and making syrup that would never be done by most people today.
The pioneering spirit of the Ingalls family has motivated many people to live a simpler life, grow their own food, and reduce their dependence on modern conveniences. This emphasis on self-reliance and resilience has influenced modern-day homesteaders, who seek to live off the land and reduce their dependence on modern conveniences. For example, many people have written books about their personal homesteading experiences in today’s world and often refer to the simple times in the Little House books that served as inspiration to their current lifestyle.
Additionally, the books have inspired an interest in traditional crafts and skills, such as quilting, gardening, and preserving food. Multiple quilting books have been released over the years that have the patterns Laura mentions in her books, such as the Dove in the Window quilt block pattern, as well as cookbooks inspired by recipes mentioned in the books or that Laura herself was known for later in life.
Sometimes, families – while still partaking in today’s modern conveniences – will draw inspiration on some of the things from the books that they can incorporate into their daily lives, such as baking bread instead of purchasing commercial loaves, supplementing their produce with some vegetables from a personal garden, or raising chickens for eggs.
Overall, the Little House books, as well as the popular television show, has had a significant impact on the way many people view and pursue a simpler, more sustainable way of life.
Are you inspired by the life depicted in the Little House books? Be sure to check out our crafts & activities section for everything from grinding wheat and churning butter, to how to make your own braided rug or even Little House on the Prairie costumes.