Allison Cronk: My first reading love

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The first books that I can distinctly remember loving as a child were the Little House on the Prairie books. I know I read and loved books before I discovered the world of Laura Ingalls Wilder but her account of her childhood and growing up in a changing world has claimed a space in my heart forever. To this day, I am still drawn to the series and do occasionally skim through them. (I have all of the books up until Laura and Almanzo moved to Missouri with their daughter Rose and the books transitioned into Rose’s life story.)

I think what drew me to the books, and still draws me to them, is the time period of Laura’s life. Can you imagine growing up before the United States was the United States? Settling on land in states that were brand new and becoming some of the very first settlers? I would love to go back in time and experience that time period. Just for a day or so though – I am very, very, very thankful for all of the advances in technology and fashion and medicine that have come about since the 1800s!

Laura had such a way of writing about her life though that I was able to imagine the log cabin that she lived in, in the woods of Wisconsin. I can picture her and her family traveling by covered wagon across the country to settle in new, undeveloped lands. Everything about the Little House books has stayed in my mind. They are a treasured part of my childhood and I will always remember them with fondness.

Do you have a book (or books!) that you read as a child that you still love to this day? Share your story with us in the comments!

Allison Website photoAllison Cronk is a voracious reader. When she’s not working as the Editorial/Marketing Associate for The Story Plant, she is at the library borrowing multiple books at a time. (She finds it very hard to leave the library with just one book, even if that’s all she went to the library for!)

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