Very good book. I love how you learn so much about that time's history about how they did things. I had no idea they had steam powered snowplows. It was exciting to read about Almonzo and Cap Garland's adventure they took which really helped save the town. What a rough things to go through so many months of blizzards. Makes me truly appreciate the short months of snow we get here in NJ
On the empty winter prairie, gray clouds to the northwest meant only one thing: a blizzard was seconds away. The first blizzard came in October. Then it snowed almost without stopping until April. The temperature dropped to forty below zero. Snow reached the rooftops. Worst of all, no trains could get through with food and coal. The townspeople began to starve. The Ingalls family wondered if they'd make it through the winter. Finally, Almanzo Wilder knew he would have to risk his life to save the town.
Somehow I never read these as a child. Now I volunteer at a little museum dedicated to Arizona's pioneer history, and it seems every child who comes in is reading (or watching) Little House on the Prairie. This one is pretty gripping, with all the foreshadowing of the terrible winter shown as the Ingalls make hay and then the descriptions of the howling wind, the frost inside the house, twisting hay to burn, and the hunger. I was really interested in all their survival tactics. I often hear the young mothers who visit us say "Oh wasn't it better to live in simpler times!" I don't actually scoff at them but I do ask them to think about things like going to the dentist, dying in childbirth, and the sheer physical labor involved in every daily task. Now I can talk about winter - although here in central AZ that's not going to impress anyone.
We loved all of the original Laura Ingalls Wilder books and this was probably our favorite. It told of hardship, perseverance, putting others first, self-discipline, motivation to learn, and discouraged an attitude of self-pity or laziness- just like all the Laura Ingalls books!
A blizzard is moments away... The first terrible storm comes to the barren prairy in October. Then it snows almost without stopping until April. Snow has reached the rooftops, and no trains can get through with food or coal. The people of De Smet are starving, including the Ingalls family, who wonder how they're going to make it through this terrible winter. It is young Almanzo Wilder who finally understand what needs to be done. He must save the town, even if it means risking his own life.
Laura Ingalls wrote this wonderful story about her life one long winter when she was younger. A snowstorm hits in October, and doen't stop until April! The family is starving, so Almanzo Wilder risks his life to save the whole town.
Gray clouds to the northwest mean only one thing - A blizzard is moments away... The first terrible storm comes to the barren prairie in October. Then is snows almost without stopping until April. Snow has reached the rooftops, and no trains can get through with food or coal. The people of De Smet are starving, including the Ingalls family, who wonder how they're going to make it through this terrible winter. It is young Almanzo Wilder who finally understands what needs to be done. He must save the town, even if it mean risking his own life.