The Ingalls family has seen both joy and hardship since the end of On the Banks of Plum Creek. Mary has been left blind from a battle with scarlet fever, and a new sister, Grace, has been born. Pa decides to move to a railroad camp in the unsettled Dakota Territory to work as a bookkeeper to earn money. Eventually, Laura, her sisters, and Ma travel by train to join Pa at the spot he’s claimed for their new home. They spend a long winter in the surveyor’s house, and in the spring, Pa begins to build a store. It’s the first building in what will become the town of De Smet. Finally, the Ingalls family’s travels by covered wagon are over.
The nine books in the timeless Little House series tell the story of Laura’s real childhood as an American pioneer, and are cherished by readers of all generations. They offer a unique glimpse into life on the American frontier and tell the heartwarming, unforgettable story of a loving family.
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By Russell Bernard on 04-03-18
Charles’s big break.
The narration could not be better. Chery Jones nails it.on the shores of silver lake is exciting, charming and all the other adjectives I can’t think of. Some of it is fiction but don’t let that stop you. These books are a fantastic picture of the 1800s on the prairie they are more fun than my Antonia, which is a wonderful book and Owl on every post is also worth listening too.
So grab you wife and children and enjoy another segment of Laura Ingles Wilder.
The family does have some very good times together and the pony raceing is very fun.
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By Gillian on 10-02-17
Life On A Different Kind Of Prairie!
Life turned unkind for the Ingalls family on Plum Creek. Scarlet fever struck them all, leaving Mary blind, and Pa doesn't know how to pay doctor bills. But then a job working with the railroad leads them to the Dakota Territory, 'by the shores of Silver Lake'.
There are such vivid descriptions of nature, after all, Laura has to be Mary's "eyes" from now on, and there's plenty of singing (when I read the books, I used to wonder what Mary's song, "Highland Mary" sounded like; now I know)!
They settle into the surveyor's house during winter, snug as bugs, and live off the land. Laura's wild heart feels the difference of this prairie; it's so big, so quiet, so different from Indian Territory, and she yearns to go west as more and more people settle down.
But here she learns her future: she's to be a teacher. And when they hear of a school for the Blind, there's a dream to send Mary.
Expect beautiful writing, rousing tunes sung by cousins who laugh together and race little black ponies, the friendship of Mr. and Mrs. Boast, and always: there's Laura's laughing spirit!
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