Essay on Little House On The Prairie

818 Words Feb 15th, 2015 4 Pages
Little House on the Prairie

One of the most important moments in my literacy development happened in the third grade when my teacher, Mrs. Stutzman, handed each student in class a paperback copy of “Little House in the Big Woods” for our next reading assignment. After she gave us a brief introduction to pioneer life and Laura Ingalls Wilder, we were given the rest of our reading period to get started on the first chapter. I knew just a few pages in that I felt differently about this book than any other humdrum reading assignment I had been given before. I had never felt such warmth and delight reading. I wanted to get home straight away so that I could read more. Little did I know that would be the first book of a series that would have such a lasting impact on my childhood. I learned that reading could be fuel for my imagination while also gaining an appreciation for pioneer life and forming a lasting bond with my grandma.
My imagination had been sparked. It was the first time that someone else’s words could paint so vividly a picture in my head. For the first time, I felt the eager anticipation for the next page. I couldn’t wait to see what adventures lay ahead for Laura and the rest of the Ingalls family. My imagination took over where her words left off. I could taste the sticky sweetness of maple sugar candy. My toes felt the crisp, cool water as Laura waded into the river on a hot summer day. I had no clue my imagination had such power. It was also a way…

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