Summary

The adventures of Laura Ingalls and her family continue as they leave their little house on the prairie and travel in their covered wagon to Minnesota. Here they settle in a little house made of sod beside the banks of beautiful Plum Creek. Soon Pa builds a wonderful new little house with real glass windows and a hinged door. Laura and her sister Mary go to school, help with the chores, and fish in the creek. At night everyone listens to the merry music of Pa's fiddle. Misfortunes come in the form of a grasshopper plague and a terrible blizzard, but the pioneer family works hard together to overcome these troubles.
And so continues Laura Ingalls Wilder's beloved story of a pioneer girl and her family. The nine Little House books have been cherished by generations of readers and listeners as both a unique glimpse into America's frontier past and a heartwarming, unforgettable story.
Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts.
©1937, 1965 Little House Heritage Trust (P)2003, 2016 HarperCollins Publishers
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5 out of 5 stars
By Gillian on 09-02-17

Oh, How 'Naughty' Laura Can Be! :)

Driven from Indian Territory, Laura and her family settle in Minnesota for "On the Banks of Plum Creek." Here Laura's independent spirit and restless nature really start to shine through. How naughty she is (or what passed for naughty way back when)! She'll dip herself into a raging creek (only because her skin, her very skin, NEEDS to feel the water), and she'll get back at that mean ol' Nellie Olsen, especially when nature provides such things as crabs! And leeches! And she'll save her beloved Charlotte, no matter who thinks it's wrong (But Ma is a kind woman, and she knows that Laura's heart is good and that it was the right thing to do).
A big girl, going on eight, Laura faces school for the first time, church, and is introduced to Sunday School where Teacher doesn't know just how well little Laura knows the Bible.
And always is the background of a life on the land, of living and buying, banking on the wheat crop. Of living through blizzards, of living through glistening clouds that drop grasshoppers like rain.
Cherry Jones does a stellar job, as usual, really bringing the family to life, the angst, the joy.
What wonderful books!

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5 out of 5 stars
By JesseStu on 13-04-18

Another wonderful Little House recording

What made the experience of listening to On the Banks of Plum Creek the most enjoyable?

I never read these books as a kid. Boy, was I missing out. We've listened to these as a family--myself, and my four- and six-year-old boys--and we all love them equally. Laura's relationship with nature is probably my favorite element--how she learns through play and exploration. I also enjoy the elements of self-sufficiency, creativity, resourcefulness, history, and old fashioned family dynamics. Above all, though, these books are just good stories. After all, a childrens' story that is only enjoyed by children is not a good story. These pass that test every time for me.

What did you like best about this story?

Laura's relationship with nature is probably my favorite element--how she learns through play and exploration. I also enjoy the elements of self-sufficiency, creativity, resourcefulness, history, and old fashioned family dynamics. Above all, though, these books are just good stories. After all, a childrens' story that is only enjoyed by children is not a good story. These pass that test every time for me.

Which character – as performed by Cherry Jones – was your favorite?

Laura

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No

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