Question about the "Little House" books

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When I was in kindergarten, I received copies of the first 3 Little House books. They were in order of publication:

1. Little House in the Big Woods
2. Little House on the Prairie
3. Farmer Boy

This Christmas, my kindergarten daughter received copies of the entire set (from the same aunt who bought me mine!), but now they are in this order:

1. Little House in the Big Woods
2. Farmer Boy
3. Little House on the Prairie

Does anyone know why the order changed? I tried Google and came up empty.
I don't know. They did the same thing with the Narnia books--instead of putting The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe first and The Magician's Nephew last, they put MN first and LWW second. I know MN is a prequel but I don't think the author intended it to be the first in the series, and it used to be marketed as the last in the series.

That's weird. I'm of no help, but I just checked the inside cover of "Little House in the Big Woods" and it lists them the way you first mentioned. Odd that they'd change it.

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My daughter and I just spent the last few months reading the whole series. Farmer Boy does fit in as Book 2 timewise, but many collections change the order or leave it out completely, because Farmer Boy is the only book that isn't about Laura and her family. It's about Almonzo growing up and his family. I think it's the best book, personally, but little girls don't tend to want to read a Laura book that doesn't include Laura.

You can read any of the LIW books in any order. They all stand on their own.
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There is also one called... something like Golden Years...I think...
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That was my favorite series in the entire world as a child...I must have read the whole set a few dozen times.

I think it's the best book, personally
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
I agree, the stories and descriptions seemed so much more vivid in that book!
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I don't know. They did the same thing with the Narnia books--instead of putting The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe first and The Magician's Nephew last, they put MN first and LWW second. I know MN is a prequel but I don't think the author intended it to be the first in the series, and it used to be marketed as the last in the series.
Originally Posted by iris427
I think somwhere I read that CS Lewis actually did intend MN to be first, but it wasn't written/published first. And the action is chronologically before LWW.

Farmer Boy is chronologically the first book, because Almanzo was 10 years older than Laura, but if you're going to mess with the series, why not place it much later, like after Almanzo is introduced as an adult, I think in "The Long Winter?" Where the book stands now, it's sort of "Hey, who are these people and what happened to Laura?" Not that I mind, because they're all wonderful stories!

I just haven't seen anything that says why they were switched. And yes, RCW, I'm well aware I can read them any way I want.
I don't know. They did the same thing with the Narnia books--instead of putting The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe first and The Magician's Nephew last, they put MN first and LWW second. I know MN is a prequel but I don't think the author intended it to be the first in the series, and it used to be marketed as the last in the series.
Originally Posted by iris427
I think somwhere I read that CS Lewis actually did intend MN to be first, but it wasn't written/published first. And the action is chronologically before LWW.

Farmer Boy is chronologically the first book, because Almanzo was 10 years older than Laura, but if you're going to mess with the series, why not place it much later, like after Almanzo is introduced as an adult, I think in "The Long Winter?" Where the book stands now, it's sort of "Hey, who are these people and what happened to Laura?" Not that I mind, because they're all wonderful stories!

I just haven't seen anything that says why they were switched. And yes, RCW, I'm well aware I can read them any way I want.
Originally Posted by Poodlehead
I know that chronologically it takes place first. I guess if CS Lewis wanted it to be first that would explain why they changed it, although I think it works well as the last book too.

As for the Little House Books, it doesn't make a lot of sense.
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