The long hard winter was over. The people of DeSmet, South Dakota, came outdoors and began to live again. They held church socials. dances, and "literaries." In the summer Laura took a grueling job--making shirts, through long hard hours. She wanted to get the money to help send Mary to the college for the blind in Vinton, Iowa. Suddenly, Laura was a young lady. And who but the dashing Almanzo Wilder escorted her home in the evenings.
This is a very interesting book. Laura is growing up. The little settlement that weathered the long, hard winter of 1880-81 is now a growing town. Laura is growing up, and she goes to her first evening social. Mary is at last able to go to a college for the blind. Best of all, Almanzo Wilder asks permission to walk home from church with Laura. And Laura, now fifteen years old, receives her certificate to teach school. This is a transition period for all the Ingalls family. This is a true story, and we see the United States transition as well.
Very sweet story. However it is probably my least favorite of the books thus far, but it was enjoyable to see what life was like for a teenager during those early 1880s. I really don't understand how anyone could be as annoying and selfish as Nellie Oleson. You'd think she'd grow up a little from the last time she was mentioned in the series. Goodness those kids learned things so much more advanced than kids these days. We're pretty stupid these days. Makes me sad.
A still beloved classic which both adults and children enjoy.
Beautifully shares the next stage of Laura Ingles- great book for any young girl!
My 3rd favorite of the series. I love everyone is growing up and the love starts to build with Laura and Alamanzo... I love the entire series but the last 3 were my favorites!
my favorite books are little house books by laura ingalls wilder.. this book live up to what i expected to read.. excellent..
I have read the whole Little House series, and loved every moment. I kinda of hate getting ride of the books, but I know my boys wont read them. So instead of letting them waste, I'm passing them on. The books are different from the tv series. As much as I love the Tv series, the books are much better. This series is a classic and should be read by every child, well at least every girl...lol.
A good historical read for both adult and children. This series are classic.
Classic story. Great addition to your family library.
The long hard winter was over. The people of De Smet, So. Dokota, came outdoors and began to live again. They held church socials, dances, and "literaries." In the summer, Laura took a grueling job--making shirts, through long hard hours. She wanted the money to help send Mary to the college for the blind in Vinton, Iowa. Suddenly, Laura was a young lady. And who but the dashing Almanzo Wilder escorted her home in the evenings!
Get a glimpse of life as it was when this country was being settled.
Classic books, well-loved by girls for decades. Reading level: ages 8-12
Beautiful Gift book.
The town of De Smet is filled with relief! The long horrible winter is finally over. Everyone is so happy to be able to have fun outside and to eat real meals again!
The Ingalls family is back out on the claim and Laura is thrilled! She loves to run through the grass and help Pa with the chores.
The book starts with Laura accepting a job in town. She is uncertain about how she will handle being cooped up inside all day, but she is eager to earn money for Mary's schooling.
Fourth of July comes and Pa takes Laura and Carrie into town for the celebration. The town is bursting with activity. The girls are nervous about being in such a crowd, but they are excited to drink fresh cool lemonade and to watch the horse races.
All too soon it is time for Mary to attend college. They all know how wonderful it will be for her and how happy she will be to be learning and growing in a world that teaches her how to live blind. All of these good things do not diminish the aches in their hearts as they bid sweet, gentle, thoughtful Mary good-bye.
When Laura and Carrie start school again, they are dismayed to see Nellie Olson appear! They do not want to have to deal with her again. True to form, Nellie causes trouble, which makes this section of the book very entertaining. Laura is such a spitfire that it is fun to read of her adventures.
This winter in town is a far cry from their last winter. This winter brings laughter and gaiety in the form of name cards, literariness, a birthday party and rides with Almanzo with his beautiful Morgan horses.
'Little Town on the Prairie' is a delightful book. It is interesting, entertaining and often funny. You will enjoy it! I enthusiastically recommend you add it to your collection!
I reread the whole of Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House series almost every year - it is one of my favorite children's book series. This volume is about Laura's teenage years - her friends and enemies, meeting her future husband Almanzo, ending with her getting hired to be a teacher in a tiny community twenty miles away from home.
The series was also my daughter's favorite in her childhood, and whenever American history was discussed, she would ask "How old was Laura then?"