Little Blog on the Prairie is an ingenious way to bring pioneer life to modern children and still make it fun.
Genevieve Walsh is less than happy when she’s informed her family is spending the summer at Camp Frontier, where they will live like the pioneers of the 1890s. She’s even more appalled when they arrive and she discovers she’ll have to churn butter, remove weeds from the corn field, and use an outhouse. Luckily, she was able to sneak in her cell phone–the one she isn’t supposed to get until they return home–and is able to share her pioneer experiences with her friends.
Her friends turn her texts into a blog that quickly goes viral. When a TV crew arrives at Camp Frontier wanting to know all about Gen, she’s afraid she might have ruined the vacation for everyone, even herself.
The Lil’ Diva, who knows I am a huge Laura Ingalls Wilder fan, saw this book at the library and decided she must read it. We ended up reading it together and it made me laugh so hard I couldn’t put it down. I loved the idea of this book so much, it’s getting added to the list of books I wish I wrote. It’s like taking PBS’ Frontier House and putting it into a book. Not all the neighbors get along. Tempers flare. But Gen makes a great narrator and you can’t help but follow along as she discovers things about herself.
I enjoyed the romantic triangle among Gen, Caleb, and Nora–the owners’ daughter. It’s innocent enough and definitely makes it a more realistic story. Nora made a great sympathetic villain for this story because these kids spend one summer there and then they are gone, but she lives Camp Frontier 365 days of the year. I would love to see a book about Nora after the events in Little Blog on the Prairie considering how the book concluded.
Definitely a must read.
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Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Level: 7 and up
Lexile Measure: 820L (What’s this?)
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; Reprint edition (May 24, 2011)