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Based on the real-life adventures of Laura Ingalls Wilder, On the Banks of Plum Creek is the Newbery Honor-winning fourth book in the Little House series, which has captivated generations of readers. This edition features the classic black-and-white artwork from Garth Williams.The adventures of Laura Ingalls and her family continue as they leave their little house on the pBased on the real-life adventures of Laura Ingalls Wilder, On the Banks of Plum Creek is the Newbery Honor-winning fourth book in the Little House series, which has captivated generations of readers. This edition features the classic black-and-white artwork from Garth Williams.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. They settle into a house made of sod on the banks of beautiful Plum Creek. Soon Pa builds them a sturdier house, with real glass windows and a hinged door. Laura and Mary go to school, help with the chores around the house, and fish in the creek. Pa’s fiddle lulls them all to sleep at the end of the day. But then disaster strikes—on top of a terrible blizzard, a grasshopper infestation devours their wheat crop. Now the family must work harder than ever to overcome these challenges.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 sticking together through thick and thin....

Title : On the Banks of Plum Creek
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ISBN : 9780060264703
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Number of Pages : 340 Pages
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On the Banks of Plum Creek Reviews

  • Michelle
    2019-04-20 12:11

    Good grief, as an adult and as a parent, have I grown too practical to read and completely enjoy these books? When Ma and Pa packed up the kiddos and left the Big Woods because there were too many people, less land and game to go around, I thought a little bit to myself, Um...Pa, did we think through this completely? Are you sure? Are we safe? But Pa is supposed to be an example of Great American Spirit. So, fine, we let this happen. There were some bumps in the road, but oh boy, we have some major battles for survival in Plum Creek. To the point where I wanted to grab Pa and yell, "Do you see? What can happen? With little research and no family to rely on, this new way of life you're trying out, riding high on the hog after that wheat crop comes through, can do to you? Because there's no wheat, Pa! Only grasshoppers. Listen to those freakin' Norwegians, will you? 'Grasshopper weather' isn't just some cutesy foreign term for, 'Gee, it's warm," it means that zillions of grasshoppers are going to take over the world!!! "And by the way, Caroline, Pa doesn't always know what's best, so seriously do not let him leave when it might blizzard. Because then he might get caught in it. And be outside for FOUR DAYS with nothing to eat but the children's Christmas candy."All that yelling aside, this is the reason (not Tolkien) that I want to live in a hill. With a charming creek outside. And I could skip around with my cow and my faithful dog Jack (and not my stick in the mud sister Mary) and hope my crazy, adventure-loving parents don't kill us all. Sorry, I'm yelling again.Moments I loved: Christmas. Again. It just warms my heart when they have these sweet, simple holidays but are just so truly happy to be together (and alive, cough, Charles). They go to church for one Christmas, and see an actual Christmas tree, and Laura gets a fur cape and muff that blows away Nellie Oleson's. Ma keeping the family together and strong while Charles is gone, making money to make up for their lost wheat, or when blizzards come through and he's missing. Oh, Ma, you're so tough. And Pa, when he says to Laura, "We must do the best we can, Laura, and not grumble. What must be done is best done cheerfully." Word, Pa. The next time somebody's bitchin' at me, I'm going to preach some Little House to them.

  • Deborah Markus
    2019-04-07 10:16

    It's easy to get so stuck on the subject matter of the stories Wilder tells that we fail to notice her brilliant, deceptively quiet writing. Her descriptions of scenery are gorgeous, of course; but I love the tiny sentences that tell so much, like this one when eight-year-old Mary and seven-year-old Laura are confronted by a wild herd of cattle:Mary was too scared to move. Laura was too scared to stand still.Or similarly simple descriptions of the girls waiting for their mother to come home:The house was empty and still, with Ma gone. Ma was so quiet and gentle that she never made any noise, but now the whole house was listening for her.Wilder understood that the impersonal forces of nature are far more frightening than any imagined monsters, because nature doesn't care and so it can't be pleaded with or placated. When it destroys life, it's not being cruel or even indifferent. It simply is. As Laura learns when she thinks she can play safely in the creek after a strong rain:The coldness soaked into her. This was not like wolves or cattle. The creek was not alive. It was only strong and terrible and never stopping. It would pull her down and whirl her away, rolling and tossing her like a willow branch. It would not care.Later, safe at home, Laura reflects:The creek would go down. It would be a gentle, pleasant place to play in again. But nobody could make it do that. Nobody could make it do anything. Laura knew now that there were things stronger than anybody. But the creek had not got her. It had not made her scream and it could not make her cry.I hate it when people think that writing for children is limiting and limited. Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote for the entire world, or at least those members of the world who enjoy being captured and held willing prisoner by a story. She just happened to remember that children are an integral part of that group.

  • Tatiana
    2019-04-22 10:20

    This place should be called "Hell Hole", not "Plum Creek". Grasshoppers and blizzards. Another crappy decision by Pa.

  • Diane
    2019-04-21 11:16

    I was visiting relatives in Minnesota recently and was hit with a wave of nostalgia when I saw a sign for the Laura Ingalls Wilder museum in Walnut Grove. Somewhere in my mother's photo collection there is a picture of 8-year-old me, crouching by the grassy mound that was once the dugout home of Laura Ingalls and her family in the 1870s. Laura's stories from that period are told in the book, "On the Banks of Plum Creek." Coincidentally, Laura was also about 8 in the book.I loved the Little House books when I was a kid, and last summer I reread the first three in the series. If you were a fan of the TV show "Little House on the Prairie," several of the town characters are first introduced in the "Plum Creek" book, including mean Nellie Oleson. (Nellie in the book is just as awful as she was on the TV show -- she is always sneering at little Laura and making fun of her "country" ways. What a brat.)These stories have held up well over time and are still excellent children's books, with one caveat about the blatant racism toward Indians in book 2, the one named "Little House on the Prairie." In that book, the family had moved to Kansas and knowingly settled in what was still Indian Territory (a foolish move, but there's no point arguing about it nearly 150 years later). After some tense situations with local tribes, the family leaves Kansas and heads back to Minnesota, where the story picks up in "Plum Creek." First the family lives in a dugout home, and then Pa builds a sturdy wooden house. Thankfully there were no racist comments in "Plum Creek," just some good stories about homesteading in Minnesota, including a grasshopper plague that ruined the Ingalls' crops for several years, some intense and scary blizzards, and a prairie fire. Man, pioneering was rough! Like the other Ingalls books, there are also some charming stories of happy Christmases, helpful neighbors, and their loyal dog, Jack. I enjoyed "Plum Creek" so much that I plan to continue rereading the series. And the next time I'm in Minnesota, I'm going to stop by that museum.

  • Miranda Reads
    2019-04-05 10:16

    The Ingalls Family versus the WorldLaura and her family drove their covered wagon all the way to Minnesota to begin life anew.Their new house? Built into a bank, with mud walls and a grass roof. A dugout. Ma is not pleased (especially when a cow manages to go through the roof!) but the girls found little ways to be delighted. There's a little creek full of fish and crayfish. There's school - full of new people and learning. And there's family - all together and happy.Except, the crops are ruined . And will stay ruined. Winter is right around the corner and they hardly have anything to eat. Ma, Pa and the girls need money so they can survive. And so, Pa does what he thinks is best andwalks 300 miles to find work. Will he be home in time for Christmas? Will he come home at all?As always, the book is beautifully written and stunningly heartfelt.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-04-01 15:15

    Decided to re-read this preparatory to visiting Walnut Grove!When I was 7 or 8 this was my favorite of the series and all I remembered about it was the creek and the school and Laura's rivalry with Nellie Oleson. Which is quite remarkable because that is only a couple of chapters, and the rest of the book - the BULK of the book - is the battle against poverty, drought, and mainly, GRASSHOPPERS. The descriptions of the grasshopper swarms are absolutely CHILLING. I literally had goosebumps every time they turned up, for pages upon pages. No offense, Andrew Smith, but I found these three trillion (an actual estimate) grasshoppers, in a swarm 1800 miles long and 110 miles wide, about three trillion times creepier and more horrific than the maneaters in Grasshopper Jungle, which made me go "ha" and "ew" a lot but didn't give me CHILLS. Truth is, actually, a LOT stranger than fiction.As phenomenal as the story of the swarm is, what's even more chilling is that 25 years later the Rocky Mountain Locust was extinct. The last one was spotted in Canada in 1902. Scientists are still baffled as to what actually killed them. Probably it was us, changing the land. More here:

  • David Schaafsma
    2019-04-21 14:11

    Listened with the family to the great Cherry Jones read this on cd and it is really (again) so surprisingly good. Listening in the car from Davenport, Iowa back to Chicago to finish it, I can't recall stretches of road (gulp). What I recall is Pa telling his story of snow blindness and falling into a ditch in a blizzard and sleeping in a bearskin coat for a couple days under six feet of snow and then, when the storm clears, seeing he was very close to his Plum Banks home and trudging in. Makes RV camping as a way of engaging with the wilderness look a little tame, let's say.Some great and memorable scenes: the leeches dance, the terrifying swarm of grasshoppers, the incredibly intense blizzard, followed by one of those sweet Wilder Christmases with almost nothing to share but oyster stew and no presents but Pa's guitar music and his blizzard survival story. This is great autobiographical fiction, memoir, really, and a history of 1870's plains life for one (white!) family, a family facing nature as frightening as any Chthulu monster with some grace and music and game-playing and storytelling. A sweet, lyrical and evocative tale worth the name of classic. A great family story for a family to read or listen to. I am serious!

  • Philip
    2019-04-01 11:25

    Eleanor and I are here to review the latest installment of the Little House series, so Eleanor, I'm going to move it to the "Read" shelf.E: What color shelf is Gwen's?Dad: Oh. It's not the color red. There are 3 shelves: read - meaning "I read it," currently reading, and I want to read it.E: Oh. Maybe for the next book, we could sit on the computer bench and move the Silver Lake book to the "currently-reading" shelf.D: Ummm... Ok. We can do that. Or, I could I could move it to the "currently-reading" shelf right after the review, and we could go down and read a chapter.E: FOR REAL?!?! TODAY?!?!! *Gasps* FOR REAL? Are you kidding me? Are you kidding me, daddy?D: Nope.E: OK! Lets do that!!! Um. Dad. We used to just do the review, then read it the next day. Do the review, read it the next day. But this time we're doing it differently. Cool, huh?D: Yeah.E: Can we tell now?D: About the book?E: Yeah.D: Yeah, go ahead.E: In chapter one they gave Pet and Patty and Bunny to another person. And in chapter two!!! Sorry. I'm getting excited. I'm starting to think about reading a new one.D: Well go ahead.E: They found a house in the dug-out.D: What was that like?E: That had a Hooooole at the end. Not a window. A hole. WHEW! THAT TICKLES!D: What tickles?E: I tickled my foot. *muttering* ...there's two kids and they had a dog for breakfast and the dog was yummy. the end...D: Did you just say two kids had a dog for breakfast?E: No. That was my fingers.D: They're always goofing around during the reviews. Can we focus here please.E: *Sigh* Yeah. You should write that part in the review.D: I'll think about it. E: Ok.D: So, why do you like the Little House books so much?E: Because Carrie is in it, and Carrie is a BABY.D: But she won't be a baby forever.E: Does it tell about Carrie growing up?D: I'm sure it does. I guess we'll find out.E: Like we find out about how(view spoiler)[ MARY GOES BLIND?!?!?! (hide spoiler)]D: Yeah. Like that. (Eleanor is kind of excited about that part since (view spoiler)[she's blind too. (hide spoiler)])E: Will (view spoiler)[Laura and Carrie go blind too? (hide spoiler)]D: We'll have to see. Lets get back to talking about Plum Creek right now though.E: I'm sitting criss-crossed.D: What was your favorite part?E: My FAVORITE part waaaaassssss.... whhhheeeeeeennnnnnnnn.... Carrie was like: (in a high pitched "baby" voice) "Ma! Ma! I want my breakfast."We read "Grasshoppers Walking" when I had a tummy-ache.D: What does that have to do with anything?E: Cause Carrie's like... It sounds like she's crying it: "Ma! Ma! I want my breakfast!" You read it like that to make me feel better. Remember?D: ...Well... I don't think I remember quite as much as you. Any other favorite parts?E: When the grasshoppers were falling all over Laura and when they (view spoiler)[ate the wheat. (hide spoiler)]D: That wasn't really a fun part though, was it? I mean, that was really bad for Laura and Pa, Ma, Mary, and Carrie, right?E: BUT DAD! The person that reads the book. It's not really happening any more. We're just hearing about it. I wasn't crying during that part. I was just sitting on the floor, happy, smiling, listening.D: Good point. Good point.E: Why is it a good point?D: It just is. Anything else?E: Ummmm... Nnnn... (thinking) When... AHH! When it had "The Day of Games!"D: Why did you like that?E: BECAUSE! It had a lot of PLAYING in it.D: Yeah. Do you think other people should read the book?E: YES! YES! And I liked it when Laura and Carrie were drawing with their thimbles.D: Me too. Can I tell them about the video?E: Yeah.D: We made a video of Eleanor saying all the chapters of On the Banks of Plum Creek. It's kindof long, but we wanted to share it.*EDIT* We forgot to put the stars... the MOST IMPORTANT PART OF THE REVIEW!!!! (or so says, Eleanor...)D: Eleanor, how many stars should we give it?E: Fiiiiiiiivvvvvveeeeeee!!! Five--iiiive-iveive. Five-iiiive-iveive.D: Got it. Really, I do.

  • wanderer
    2019-04-22 16:33

    This isn't my favorite Laura book but it contains two of the most impressive, and perhaps famous, scenes: Nellie Olson dancing about with leeches on her legs (the absolute best example of "what goes around, comes around" I've ever seen) and the coming of the grasshoppers (nightmare material, that.) This is also the book where the doll Charlotte goes and comes back--in two favorite, love-hate scenes--and the book where Laura gets a fur muff. Oh, how I wanted a muff. There are more simple, beautiful Christmases, of course. The dugout on Plum Creek might have been the coolest Little House, of all, and this book might have the best ending, too. Pa speaking: "Look, Caroline," he said, "see how Laura's eyes are shining."***Following is my review of the series, in general:The Little House books were almost as much a part of my childhood as my little sisters and my Siamese cat, and random snippets of text or an occasional illustration still pops into my mind at random moments. I’ll never hear about or witness a butchering day without remembering the drawing of Laura, playing with the pig’s bladder balloon. Most of my hazy knowledge of maple syrup making comes from Little House in the Big Woods. Leeches? I’m straight back with Nellie Olson On the Banks of Plum Creek.Now that I’m older, I realize how effortlessly Laura Ingalls Wilder handed young readers a slice of history. We had no clue we were learning, we just devoured the story. I can’t thank Wilder enough for that.The fact that many of Laura’s homes were familiar places only added to their charm. I was born (and mostly raised) in Kansas, which Laura traveled through in Little House on the Prairie. My mom spent her first six years in South Dakota, very near the site of the last five Little House books. When I was twelve we moved to Wisconsin, land of Little House in the Big Woods. It seems fitting, then, that as an adult I moved to Missouri, where Laura lived when she wrote the set.My favorite book was probably always Little Town on the Prairie and my least favorite was definitely The Long Winter. I haven’t read the books for years—they’re on my to-read-soon list—and I’m curious to know what I’ll think of them as an adult.

  • Anne
    2019-03-28 11:16

    I loved reading this book while camping. I wasn't exactly in a prairie, but it was great to read this outside lost in the nature. This book was so sweet and charming, and its simplicity was refreshing after some other heavier books I was reading. I loved following Laura and Mary around their underground house, picking up plums and playing in the creek. I loved feeling happy for them when they made a button garland for Carrie's Christmas, or when they got a new cow. And I could sympathize and feel bad for them when their crop was destroyed by grasshopers, and Pa had to leave for many months to find work. It was such an easy, lovely book to follow and I put it down with a happy sigh of contentment when I finished. Classics like that are not to be missed; there is a special feel to the Little House books that is unique to them, and everyone should experience it.

  • Lisa
    2019-04-06 12:29

    this is maria i am lisas daughter.i think the book was favrit part is when laura allmost drowns on the footbrige.the end was very exsiting whith the blizerds.i want to read the next book about this family.

  • Audrey
    2019-03-27 16:20

    I loved this book! I am currently rereading the entire Little House series, which I have not visited since I was a kid. I feel like the books just keep getting better. Since it had been such a long time since I read this, I had forgotten most of the plot and, consequently, it was almost like reading this for the first time. I was left with a few unanswered questions. For example:(view spoiler)[ What did they eat when Pa was away the first time? They had no money and all their crops were destroyed. What were the fireball things that came down from the stovepipe? Where did the grasshoppers come from and how did they know when to leave?(hide spoiler)]The girls are growing up in this, and Laura especially tests her boundaries a bit more than in the previous books. Sometimes Mary and Laura are downright naughty, but I think that makes the stories more realistic...and of course they usually come to see the consequences of their actions. (view spoiler)[ I thought that was a mean trick of Laura to play on Nellie (regarding the bloodsuckers), even if Nellie was mean and spoiled.(hide spoiler)]I loved the attention to detail (everything from Ma opening a letter with a hairpin to the joy accompanying a long-anticipated rain), the description, and emotion that just sweeps you into this family's life in such a personal way. I feel like Wilder is really an excellent writer, and her style really makes me feel like I am there on the prairie with the Ingallses. I also love how their pioneer spirit really shines through. In the midst of so many ups and downs they always find a way to keep up hope and to keep moving forward. It's inspiring!{Listened on audio book narrated by Cherry Jones.}

  • Dawn Trlak-Donahue
    2019-03-24 14:27

    Starting to really agree with a review I read of the Little House books. One woman wrote about how on top of things Alamonzo's family seemed in Farmer Boy. They had a permanent home, savings, etc. Whereas Papa Ingalls was a hot mess. He dragged the family away from their relatives in Wisconsin where they had a home, to Indian country. Along the way they were almost swept away down a river when he insisted they could cross it, wagon and all. (Jack, the dog, gets the short end of the stick overall. Everytime they move, he has to run under the wagon, hundreds, sometimes thousands of miles for months on end.) Then, the government made them move out of Indian country, which was just as well, seeing as the Indians were always stealing their food and tobacco. Not to mention the problems with bears and other wild animals. So, they move to Minnesota and live in a sod home for a while. When, finally, Papa builds a home on credit, their wheat gets eaten up by the locusts for 2 seasons and he has to walk 200-300 miles away each year to get work laboring on other farms in order to keep the family alive. Then, there was the time he had to live in what amounted to a snow igloo when he insisted he could go to town during winter blizzard season. He had to eat all of the measly crackers and Christmas candy to stay alive. The family had no presents that year. If I had read just the Ingalls' story, I would think that was just how everyone lived at that time. But, Alamonzo's family didn't live like that. I think it had a lot to do with crazy Papa and his wild ways.

  • Mimi
    2019-03-28 18:41

    Ha! I couldn't even tell you what the cover illustration was on this one (although I'm sure it was the above) as it has been gone for so very long. A few years ago, my Book Club read The Children's Blizzard, which talked about the settling of the Midwest by the mostly Scandinavian immigrants and how harsh the land was, and really unsuitable for homesteading. While at the time, I thought of The Long Winterthis book illustrates the point as well. When they first arrive, Mr. Nelson is heading west and trades his dugout and land for their ponies and in a moment of shocking hubris, Pa wonders why he planted so few crops. So many of the scenes in this book were familiar, and favorites - going to school (oh how I wanted a slate and a speller), the rushing river, the dugout itself (and I was surprised to discover I'd forgotten that they'd moved out of the dugout into a house, all bought on credit), Nellie's party and later comeuppance, and Charlotte. I was also interested at how less Puritanical Ma and Pa were in this novel, how harsh the landscape was, and Pa's hiding his laughter when Laura told him they weren't jumping off the haystack, but rolling down the side. A wonderful re-read.

  • Kelly
    2019-03-23 14:40

    Aside from Pa's failures to produce the promised wheat crops (he sure talks a helluva game about this in this book) and his need to "walk 300 miles" to find a job, this book features the Ingalls family staying in one place the entire book. No worries, though. We know how irritating the Norwegians are, how the church folks can't sing in tune, and how the grasshoppers are the root of all evil. Also, Laura is a vindictive little bitch toward one of her classmates and it was kind of fantastic to read.

  • Jyotsana Rastogi
    2019-04-11 10:41

    I'll never be too old for reading one of Laura Ingalls' books. The utter simplicity which characterizes them, the mouth watering description of their sumptuous repasts with interludes of wise thoughts and mischiefs makes it one of my favorite books to go to. The best part is that you can read it at any age and anytime you read it again, it gives you fresh perspectives to ponder over.

  • Sterlingcindysu
    2019-03-28 10:39

    This was the first book I read of the series because we lived in Plum Borough (by Pittsburgh, PA) and yes, there was a Plum Creek. My aunt gave it to my sister for her birthday way back when.

  • Stephy
    2019-03-27 11:40

    My gosh, what didn't I learn about real history from these books. Laura Ingalls Wilder was a staple of my library most of my childhood. back then you could cite me a line and I knew which book it came from, who said it and in what circumstance! I learned that as my father, born in 1899, was fond of pointing out to us, we had life easy! People worked really HARD for a living back then, and lucky to have three sets of clothing, and hope you liked mush, 'cause you ate it a lot! Dresses down to the floor in mud a foot deep in some seasons. Snow so deep Pa had to run a rope from the cabin door to the barn door, so not to get lost in the blizzards in winter, when he went to see to the animals! Every word of it borne out by Chicago weather, hot in summer, cold in winter, flies that bite, bees that sting. Hornets that chase you right into the water! The only music was home made, even the fancy dances. The best kind of music. And musical tunes and lyrics accurate to the time. Wasn't I amazed when "Women's Music" finally came along, and women were singing those songs, ditties women sang back then! it grew in me a lifetime love of history, people's history, not just names and dates and wars. Some day I will commence to use sentences and paragraphs again. I love these books! All of them from "Little house in the Big Woods" to "These Happy Golden Years." Laura Ingalls Wilder was one of my childhood heroines!

  • Mary Schumann
    2019-04-07 12:29

    wow. As other reviewers have stated - the contrast between Pa & Almanzo's father could not be greater. Reading these as an adult is rather mind-blowing. Add "as a parent" and it takes on a whole new level of "holy crap!". I simply cannot fathom doing the things that they did, nor weathering the storms that they did - quite literally. Nor putting my children in the way of harm the way that was done then (as when Pa decides to leave the whole family alone for months on end or simply days on end when he goes to town and is trapped outside in a blizzard). You would think that their awareness of the fragility of life would be even more pronounced than ours since we live in a bubble of perceived safety.After reading about the grasshopper plagues that they lived through (a miracle when you think of the impact not just on their crops, but their livestock and every other means of sustenance) I decided to look up some info on what happened and when and why it doesn't happen anymore. I discovered that they "grasshoppers" which numbered literally in the MILLIONS (likely Trillions considering the geographic area that they absolutely covered like carpeting) were "Rocky Mountain Locusts" and that they are now extinct. There are entire books written about the survivors of these plagues that occurred year after year at one point. I love this series.

  • midnightfaerie
    2019-04-09 14:40

    Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder is an exquisite set of books that I cherished growing up. Read until they were dog-eared, this series has to be one of my childhood favorites. A story about a young girl growing up on the frontier, it was so popular they made it into a T.V. series even though the series didn't do it justice. Stories as a young girl I could relate to, the mean girl in town, fights with my sisters, and just the struggles of everyday life of any family. The love Ma and Pa had for each other showed through so much so, that even today I can still see Caroline's eye's sparkling bright blue as Pa whirled her around the dance floor. This series is a perfect example of a story well told. When you're there in Laura's life so much that you can feel her fear when in trouble, or you can taste the penny candy on Christmas, that's a story. I have no doubt this will be a children's classic for years to come. I highly recommend it. Note: Reading again with my son, what a joy to see him loving these too! We've even started watching the tv series along with the reading!

  • Penny
    2019-04-22 15:40

    Another read through of this, as a read-aloud to several children. This one is all about making the prairie into a home, being swamped with grasshoppers and surviving the winter.I am finding that the re-reading of these as an adult reveals such a different picture. Charles and Caroline leave their hard won cabin on the prairie to move to a sod house cut into the banks of a creek. Imagine that in winter or flood. They finally build another house by borrowing money against their large wheat crop which is thriving on the land that Charles has cleared, foot by foot. The grasshoppers come and eat the lot, plus all the grass for the cows and horses and all the fruit coming on the trees. Not only that but they leave millions of eggs so that the following year literally millions of grasshoppers hatch out again and so there is no point in planting a crop. Charles has to leave his home to find work to feed the family - but so do all the other farmers in the area. The sheer, unrelenting hard work of these pioneers is hard to imagine. The stories have a back-story that Laura as a little girl is not fully privy to - and Charles and Caroline must survive as best they can.And of course, after all this, we know that they up sticks again for the next book!

  • Laura
    2019-03-29 18:21

    This was easily my favorite book of the series so far. The chapter length was perfect for reading out loud to my kids and most chapters read like its own little adventure. I also enjoyed how this book didn't go into super lengthy detailed descriptions, unlike the previous books. Parts of the book made us laugh out loud. We all enjoyed the stories from a simpler time, a time when people didn't have so much stuff and a pair of shoes where cherished. There were several important life lessons that expressed how important obeying, working hard and doing whats right really is. This had fun stories about living at the creek, going to school for the first time, grasshoppers destroying crops, dangerous fires, blizzards and, yes, we get to meet Nellie Oleson for the first time in this book:DIf you are interested in reading a Laura Ingalls Wilder book and only want to read one..... I would suggest reading this one. It really is a great piece of literature that should not be forgotten.

  • Alana
    2019-04-11 12:27

    This one has some of the most memorable moments in the Little House series: the little dugout house, the cow putting his foot through the roof, leeches in the creek, locusts, doing chores by following a rope between the house and barn in a blizzard..... all those moments of life in a pioneering era of hardship and pure heart. Despite knowing how these stories turn out, I still get anxious for Pa coming home in the storm, or when trying to put out a prairie fire, and get grossed out by the leeches, cheer for Laura in her troubles with Nellie Oleson, and long to see the beautiful sunsets and sunrises described. Wilder tells stories with such remarkable narrative ability, you can't help but get deeply buried into each story. I look forward to reading these over and over again.5/5

  • Anastacia
    2019-04-02 18:15

    The whole time I was reading this book, I kept feeling like I had read it before. I mean, I have read it before, but years and years ago, as a kid and as a teen. I kept reading, and I kept telling myself what was going to happen next, and it finally dawned on me, I had recently re-read the book - I just didn't update goodreads with the info, or bother to write a review! So this book, so far, is my favorite in the series. I love the imagery that Ingalls uses throughout the book to describe the scenes, and I love how Pa does everything he can to take care of the family, even leave them for months. Ma struggling through the snow to take care of the animals, her fear for her husband (while making sure her kids aren't scared), is amazing.

  • Tamsen
    2019-04-05 15:27

    Reread January 5, 2017.Ma says in this book, "There is nothing in the world so good as good neighbors." I always was, as a kid, and am still now, fascinated by the Ingalls' neighbors. There is Norwegian Mr. Nelson in this one and the kindly, wildcat from Tennessee, Mr. Edwards, who brings the girls their Christmas gifts in "Little House on the Prairie." They interest me, partly because neighbors were so necessary, so needed, for well digging (Mr. Scott), helping to build houses and stables, to help your wife save the haystacks from prairie fires... but also we never hear their stories about going west or even if they survive their homestead attempts. We can only wonder and guess.

  • Imani
    2019-03-24 11:12

    OMG! I forgot I'd ever read this book! And it was one of my favorites as a kid! I read it over and over, and I KNOW I owned it. What the heck even happened to it? D: I think it got destroyed somehow which is so sacrilegious...but omg I'm so glad I found this on GR. It's such a classic and written so beautifully.

  • সালমান হক
    2019-04-17 14:32

    লিটল হাউজ সিরিজের বই গুলোর মধ্যে অন্য রকম একটা আকর্ষন আছে। পড়া শুরু করলে থামা যায় না। একদমই সহজ সরল সাদা মাটা জীবনের বর্ণনা । কিন্তু লেখিকার লেখার হাত এমন যে মনে হয় সব কিছু চোখের সামনে ঘটছে। পুরো বই এর মাঝেই কেমন জানি কিউট কিউট একটা ভাব আছে। :) আমার ধারণা যে কোন বয়সের যে কেউ এটা পড়তে পারবে। ভালো না লাগার কোন কারণ নাই। আগে সেবার অনুবাদ টা পড়েছিলাম, কিন্তু ওটা এতই ছোট যে অনেক কিছুই বাদ পড়ে গিয়েছিল।

  • Jillian
    2019-04-19 16:13

    First read December 2010.Reread with Ma for Christmas 2016. MUCH COZINESS WAS EXPERIENCED.

  • Melissa
    2019-04-13 17:33

    So Pa decides to take his family from the (relatively) safe and comfortable home on the prairies of Kansas, uproot them, and resettle in Minnesota, living in a dugout hole in the ground. Why? He has dreams of making his fortune selling wheat, which he believes will make the family rich enough to afford all sorts of luxurious things that they have never had before. Why does he believe this? Laura never explains. But this entire story seems to be a cautionary tale of what happens to people when they don't do their due diligence and research the places they plan to settle. The Ingalls family can hardly understand a single word that the local Norwegian population speaks, but they understand enough to hear it when they call the mild winter "grasshopper weather." Yet, they go on with their lives, planting a large crop of wheat and building the best house they have ever had .... on credit. Pa is CONVINCED that he will be a rich man by fall. ... Until the grasshoppers show up. Holy cow! What an awful, awful thing! I can't even fathom what it would be like to see so many grasshoppers in the air that they black out the sun. I can't imagine watching them as they devour every single living plant in the area. Every single thing! I can't imagine them covering the earth so that there is no place to stand without squishing them. Ewwwwwwww. Pa lost his entire crop. But that's not all. When it isn't "grasshopper weather" it is actually blizzard season. I cannot imagine a multi-day snow event that is so intense that you could get lost walking from your house to the stable. Snow is so thick that you can't see your hand in front of your face ... for THREE days straight! What an awful, awful time this must have been for this family. This is definitely the most depressing of the Little House books I have read up to this point. There is a poignant scene when Pa is lost in the blizzard, and Laura peaks downstairs in the middle of the night to see Ma quietly sitting before a lamp she has placed in the window, obviously distraught, but unwilling to let her children witness her fears. But, weirdly, despite the awful events of this story, it never feels as if Laura is complaining about that time in her life. It just was what it was. They endured. I think there is a lot to learn from that sort of endurance ... like maybe it would be a good idea to question Pa's wild plans once in a while. Maybe. Four stars!

  • Jeanne
    2019-04-18 16:38

    As a child, reading this book was full of fun and adventure. As an adult, I was terrified. I am also reading Prairie Fires, a biography of Wilder, that expands on the history of the time and fills in the tragedies that Wilder excluded in her Little House stories. It makes a great companion to these stories.