Little House in the Big Woods

Maxwell’s Daily Find 02.19.13

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Little House in the Big Woods

• $11.55
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A great rediscovery and a current fave. I recommend buying an older hardcover version, which Amazon calls "collectible", but really don't cost too much more.

"In the morning Pa was there. He had brought candy for Laura and Mary, and two pieces of pretty calico to make them each a dress. Mary's was a china-blue pattern on a white ground, and Laura's was dark red with little golden-brown dots on it. Ma had calico for a dress, too; it was brown, with a big feathery white pattern all over it.

They were all happy because Pa had got such good prices for his furs that he could afford to get them such beautiful presents.

The tracks of the big bear were all around the barn, and there were marks on his claws on the walls. But Sukey and the horses were safe inside.

All that day the sun shone, the snow melted, and the little streams of water ran from the icicles, which all the time grew thinner. Before the sun set that night, the bear tracks were only shapeless marks in the wet, soft snow...."

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Maxwell left teaching in 2001 to start Apartment Therapy as a design business helping people to make their homes more beautiful, organized AND healthy. The website started up in 2004 with the help of his brother, Oliver.