GIVEAWAY: “Palouse Prairie Field Guide, Lollygagging”

For a chance to win a FREE copy of the Palouse Prairie Field Guide, tell if you’ve read the Little House on the Prairie series (and how old you were when you read them) in the comments below. I’ll toss your name into a hat and draw a lucky winner sometime mid-August.


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  1. Brenda White says:

    Yes! I love Little House on the Prairie ❤️ I read the series in Junior High. One of my favorite young girl series. I was 11.

  2. Amanda Mathis says:

    I have not read The Little House on the Prairie series. It is definitely on my list of books to read!

  3. Elisabeth Perkins says:

    I love Little House on the Prairie!! I have read and reread the series many times!! I was probably around 8-10 when I first read them. My favorite books in the series would be the later books about Laura and Almanzo. I really want to go out to South Dakota, Minnesota, Missouri, and Kansas and visit all the little house sites one day! It’s a dream of mine!

  4. Madelyn Shields says:

    I love the romance of the prairie. It was nothing but hard work for our pioneers and settlers but the ways and means by which they survive and dug out homes, literally, is nothing but amazing. The vastness and expanse is beautiful and mindboggling. I love the prairie and all it stands for.

  5. Peggy Enerson says:

    My mom read the series to my family when I was very young. Great stories! I have visited the site in SD.

  6. connie richardson says:

    My Mamaw turned me on to books at an early age and she had shelves of them. I read the Little House books probably around the age of ten. It was delightful to sit by the open fireplace and read as much as my heart desired. I bought my daughter a set when she was eight or ten and she still has them. She is now the librarian at a nearby college. Her daughter, a new college freshman is an avid reader, so the love of books has been passed down.

  7. Krista says:

    I have not read the Little House on the Prairie series. I have heard much about them and would like to read them some day. They are on my large list of things to read!

  8. Marlu H. Lewis says:

    I have not read the series but my great grandgirls are 7 ?8 years old and do you think that is to young for them to read? I read the Nancy Drew books !

  9. susan b says:

    I read the series when I was about 10 years old – I couldn’t wait to start the next one!

  10. Jennifer says:

    I loved Little House! Great show and loved the books too. (Still have a set:) )I was 8-10 at that time. Little sis loved it as well!

  11. Well, I can’t really remember when I read them, but, of course I did! And, over & over, too.
    As well my 3 sisters, my 2 children were read to and then read them on their own, even my 2 grandsons were read to and I look forward to reading to my great-grand daughter. Had the complete set, gave them to my daughter for her boys and plan to get a set for msH, too.
    Loved them all!

  12. I have read the Little House series again and again. From young adult (I am very old) to even the present.
    Would love to have a Palouse Field Guide specially since my daughter and family ranch near there.
    Thank you

  13. Nancy Good says:

    I love your magazine..
    Everything anout it. I sure enjoy this field guide..

  14. Jaylyn Morehouse says:

    Yes, I had a strong addiction to them when I was in 3rd/4th grade, and my family even took some roadtrips to places that Laura lived in her childhood. Now, I have collected all of them after years of thrifting from various bookstores. They are patiently waiting for the day when my kids are ready to read them 🙂

  15. Kelly ONeal says:

    I read Little House series in middle school. My children all read it. Also now we all watch the tv series reruns. We just adore all books and the show.

  16. Kim Anderson says:

    I read little house on the Prairie when I was 8 yrs old. It was awesome!

  17. Denise says:

    YES! The first time was not until I was in my 20’s, but I’m hooked and I read the series every year since then. That’s a lot of years. I even had my mom reading them before she passed away.

  18. Dara says:

    I read the series in fourth grade, loved them all!

  19. Frannie says:

    I started reading the series when I was ten. I received the boxed set for Christmas. I always asked Santa for books! ( Still do)

  20. Jennifer Wentland says:

    I loved Little House on the Prairie. I was a young girl of 12-13 and read all the books in the series.

  21. Cyrie Wilson says:

    My mom used to read them to me when I was a baby.

  22. Janie A. says:

    I still occasionally watch Little House on the Prairie T.V.series. My mom bought me the book collection when I was between the age of about 10 or 11. I Loved it so much, that I read the whole book series during my summer break. As a small child, that was a great accomplishment for me. Also, I still have the book collection.

  23. Winnie Nielsen says:

    I read the series in the 1980s with my girls. Today, I still think about Laura and her family life on that big prairie. These are so many aspects of these books that cross all barriers of time!

  24. margie conner says:

    My first grade teacher read them to us. Two or three chapters a day every day after our noon recess. I was in heaven! I have read them to my children and a few of them to a grandson. The others are too into games, and tv. 😞 times have changed. But I have a grand daughter coming up who will LOVE them!

  25. Nancy Couden says:

    I was in third or fourth grade. They are all wonderful to read and read again.

  26. Stacey says:

    I did not read the entire series but thanks for the reminder, on my must read list!!

  27. Donna Lettsome says:

    Loved the Little House Series. I feel many times as if growing up in e 50’s was a lot like those prairie daya. Good times, friends, family. There were many hardships but everyone worked together. School was so important, as was church and community.

  28. Jill says:

    My grandmother read the Little House books to me when I was in fourth grade. I read the books to my five daughters every year until they were in high school. Love the first hand, real life American history that Laura Ingalls Wilder shared with all of us!

  29. Mechele G. says:

    Oh yes, I read these books when I was around 8-9 years old (I’m talking about the mid-1960s). LOVED them!! They were always one of my favorites so of course I was thrilled when the TV series came about.

  30. Jacque Stroh says:

    I have not read the series but I loved to tv show! Does that count? Maybe one day I will get the books and read them. ; )

  31. MK Smith says:

    I think I read some way back when. But not sure.

  32. Alicia Winkler says:

    Yes! Though not as a child. I watched the series growing up and always enjoyed it. A few years ago, I read the ENTIRE series to my family. Now the series is still good, but it drives me crazy when they mix up the stories! We have had an addition since then, so it is about time to pull them off the shelf again! Last spring we visited Mansfield and took a tour of Rocky Ridge Farm. It was so neat to see where Laura wrote!

  33. Teresa Switzer says:

    I was 12 when I first read the Laura Ingalls books. I lover Little House on the Prairie.

  34. Catherine Regan says:

    I have not read any books written about the prairie days of The Ingalls Family. This may be a good time to have my dil get them from the local library for me to read to my grands. I enjoy walking and trying to identify fauna and flora. The fragrance of pine always brings me back to when my peers and I would go to “The Meadow” and create a huge pile of needles and call it the throne. The 3 of us would chose a princess who sat on this precious pine throne and 2 of us set out to find a Queen’s Anne’s Lace flower with the black velvet in the middle to give to the princess of the moment. Each girl had a chance to be the princess each time we played our game. Thanks. MaMere

  35. Faith Williams says:

    I read the series when I was in elementary school-second and third grades.

  36. Vicki Meeds says:

    My grandmother introduced me to Little House on the Prairie and Laura Ingalls when I was nine or ten. I enjoyed reading the books and discussing them with my grandma. My parents bought the entire set of books for me and I’ve read and re-read them many times.

  37. Kim Babcock says:

    I read the series as a young adult, about the time the tv series was winding down. I was especially drawn in to the books because of the detailed adventures with the Morgan horses, since I had just purchased my first Morgan brood mare.

  38. Sara says:

    As a young adult, reading the Little House on the Prairie series at home gave me a deep appreciation for the traditional ways and means to live by those pioneers where church, community, and good times as well as hardships were cherished. My parents frequently took us children on field trips to learn and identify many different plants, fauna, and flora in the hills and beyond. The Palouse Prairie Field Guide is a great addition to carry on the tradition of field trips.

    • Catherine Regan says:

      Sara, our family grew to be 16 kids. My father told us to look for money on the ground. Still do this, now I save to bring to my sister who is in charge of collecting for St. Jude’s Hospital, a fave of our mother’s. He taught us to stretch out on the ground and watch the formations of the clouds change. I guess we would call our trips in the back of the dump truck to pick blueberries or blackberries a field trip. Or throwing some hay on the dump truck floor and call it a hayride around our small town. Or running around during a hail storm to see who could pick up the most hail. Later, as my own family grew, a sister & I would throw a blanket on the kitchen floor, call it a trip to Hawaii or Florida and have a picnic in the kitchen. The Ingall Family brought so many smiles of similar experiences to my family as we discussed this great memory of our USA.

  39. Sara says:

    Catherine, your last sentence is so true! Like you, I grew up picking mountain berries and rode in the back of an old 1950s chevy truck with family. Warm memories of “field trips” knows no bounds, including herbcrafts because of my strong commitment to family tradition with home remedies being passed down that are very meaningful to me. I love how you describe your “field trips” from childhood that are similar to mine–so nostalgic!

  40. Joye Gulley says:

    I loved reading the Little House series; I read them as an adult when my daughter read them in 5th grade. She got a set of the series for the Christmas that she was in 5th grade.

  41. Linda Davis says:

    Have not read Little House on the prairie series,watch all the tv series.

  42. Sue Parkin says:

    I read the whole series when I was 7, then again at 10, because they wouldn’t let me go to the ‘junior high’ section and I’d already read everything else. Loved it. Wanted to be Laura and be adventurous!

  43. Karen Funderburg says:

    Yes, Read these aloud to my children when I was in my late 20’s. Have probably seen every tv episode too. My mother’s side of the family grew up in the Dakota’s and Minnesota. 1800’s to the first part of 1900’s. My grandma was born in a sod house.

  44. Amy Seaman says:

    I loved the whole Little House On The Prairie books! We weren’t allowed to watch much T.V. growing up, had no T.V. during the summer at my great Grandma’s camp we stayed at, so I loved
    to read!! I read this series probably in the 4th or 5th grade. We were allowed to watch the T.V. series when it did come on. I loved the show, especially where Laura met Manual and called him Manly! So cute.

  45. Barbara Rosenbach says:

    I didn’t read the Little House books until I was a stay-at-home mom in my 30’s. Now, I have my first granddaughter and am looking forward to reading them with her. The prairie has always been one of my favorite places.

  46. terry steinmetz says:

    I read the Little House books firstly at nine years old and I read the whole series each year in the winter “just for fun”. I read my books so much that I have gone through 3 sets of the paperbacks, to which I finally purchased a set of the hard covered books! An now my grandgirls have read them with gusto!

  47. Renae Ratterree says:

    Oh my gosh, Little House on the Prairie series were my favorite stories. I don’t remember how old I was when I started reading them, but I was young. I would start with the first one and read them in order and when I was finished with the last one I would go back to the library and start all over. I would be upset sometimes because when I would go back to check them out they would already be checked out and I would have to wait. I bought my own set when I got older and I read and told my children about them. I’m rambling but I just loved those books.

  48. I read little house on the Prairie when I was about 10 or 11. My Grandmother,had many wonderful book that she shared with me.

  49. Joanie Hendricks says:

    I started reading the series almost as soon as I could read, around 8 years old! I was given a copy of “Little House in the Big Woods” about that time. I loved the illustrations by Garth Williams, and I read the books over and over during the years.

  50. Susanne says:

    Oh yes! I read Little House on the Prairie at least 4-5 times starting when I was about 9 and I still love the books and read them to my children. We didn’t have a TV at home but I remember my grandma being so excited for me to get to watch Little House on the Prairie at their house for the first time. I was totally upset with the first show I saw because it wasn’t anything that had happened in the books and Pa didn’t even have a beard. I recently found an old video of the first episode of the show and loved it since it followed the story very well.

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