I loved The Little House Series when I was nine, ten and eleven. Little House on the Prairie was not my favorite, however. I liked Farmer Boy best, even though it wasn't even about Laura & her family, but her husband, Almanzo Wilder. I also loved The Long Winter- it seemed so cozy and perfect- a long winter snowed in with comfy soups to eat. (Of course, if my family had been snowed in for 7 months, we probably would have killed and eaten each other.)
Little House on the Prairie has been a beloved classic since 1935. It was not until the 1990s that the book became the target of book banners. In 1993, parents in Thibodaux, Louisiana demanded the removal of the book from school libraries because it was offensive to Indians.
The novel was also banned from classrooms in Sturgis, North Dakota for the same reasons. I clearly remember reading those parts about the Indians as a child and thinking "That's the way people were back then." I understood- just as my white, Asian & Hispanic classmates did. We were children, but we were reasonably smart children .