My first Little House book didn't even have LITTLE HOUSE in the title. The first Laura book I ever read was On The Banks of Plum Creek which told the story of the Ingalls family's life in Walnut Grove, Minnesota even though the town was never actually named in the book. Luckily Michael Landon came along years later and took care of that little problem.
She had the whole series and one day she let me borrow On The Banks of Plum Creek. I'm not sure why we started with that one, maybe it was her favorite or maybe it was because it was the only hardback on the shelf. It didn't matter, I loved. loved, loved the book. The idea of living in a dugout in the ground (with a dirt floor!) was fascinating to me and, of course, this was the book that introduced Nellie Oleson, the villain of the series so there was all sorts of drama. It's an exciting book with grasshoppers, leeches, blizzards and long-legged snipes. No wonder I was hooked. I immediately decided to read the series from the beginning and I've been reading it ever since.
You may wonder how I am able to get a current picture of Kathy's book...I loved it so much, it never went back to Kathy. Oops.