As usual, I have a million things I'd like to say here, and not enough time to post them.
So here's one random thing.
My boys have been listening to 'Little House on the Prairie' in the car the past week (side note: Cherry Jones is a great reader and that book makes great audiobook (not a lot of dialogue/voices, more description). At first they weren't excited that I checked out that book, but I told them we could switch after we finished one disc if they didn't like it.
Yeah, it took about 5 minutes for them to be hooked! We finished the audiobook today and they are currently watching this version of it (we've had it for years - much more true to the book than the tv show!). They have enjoyed pointing out the differences between the book and movie, and as soon as he heard 'mosquito' Monkey said 'Oh, it's Fever and Ague!'
The Redhead was excited to learn there are more books in the series, and has been asking a lot of questions about Native Americans and white settlers.
We have also been talking about navigating the wagon, Jack the dog, wolves, healthcare for early settlers and tons of other stuff..
And that, friends, is why historical literature rocks. Autobiographical is even better.