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On the Banks of Plum Creek (Little House #4)

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  70,174 ratings  ·  953 reviews
For the first time in the history of the Little House books, this new edition features Garth Williams’ interior art in vibrant, full color, as well as a beautifully redesigned cover.

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 o
Paperback, Full Color Collector's Edition, 339 pages
Published May 11th 2004 by HarperCollins (first published 1937)
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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 ma
Deborah Markus
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:

Diane Librarian
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
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 t
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 fee ...more
V. Gingerich
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, beautif
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.
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
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 M ...more
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)
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 w
Dawn Trlak-Donahue
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 ...more
Mary Schumann
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 en ...more
Oct 10, 2008 Stephy rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: every child six and over
Recommended to Stephy by: My Father brought them home to me, one by one, as they came out.
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 ...more
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-rea
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.
We are back to Laura's childhood and here is where they and the reader meet Nellie Oleson and other characters that form the basis for what would become a beloved television program. The Ingalls family are able to attend church, Sunday School and for the first time Laura and Mary are able to attend school. As always they are faced with many of the challenges of settling in a new territory and farming is not an easy way to live when nature prevails to take back the land. Yet there is love, laugh ...more
A welcome relief after the drudgery of "Farmer Boy". The girls and I raced through this one in comparison! They both were excited to read it daily, and we'd often do several chapters at a time. At the end of the book tonight, we realized the last chapter is the THIRD Christmas in the book! (Molly likes the second Christmas the best with all the unexpected presents, I like the third with no presents except Pa safe and sound, everyone warm at home through the winter storm and the prospect of wheat ...more
On the Banks of Plum Creek has always been one of my favorite Little House books. This story makes me want to run barefoot through tall prairie grasses, roll down haystacks, and wade through muddy creeks. It makes the idea of only getting a package of candy for Christmas seem extra-special and a dinner of “beautiful brown baked beans [and] golden corn-bread” sounds more appealing than steak and crème brulee. I don’t know how she does it, but Laura Ingalls Wilder weaves some sort of prairie magic ...more
This was one of my favorite Little House books as a kid because I thought it would be so fun to live in a dugout on Plum Creek! I also remember being appalled at the meanness of Nellie Olsen, and I still think she was mean! I thought I was making up the memory of the story about Laura leading Nellie into the leeches in the creek, but then, there it was, just as I remembered it! It really is fun to revisit some childhood favorites. As a kid I thought it would be fun to be Laura Ingalls Wilder, bu ...more
Salman H. Dhrubo
লিটল হাউজ সিরিজের বই গুলোর মধযে অনয রকম একটা আকরষন আছে। পড়া শুরু করলে থামা যায় না। একদমই সহজ সরল সাদা মাটা জীবনের বরণনা । কিনতু 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, কিনতু ওটা এতই ছোট যে অনেক কিছুই বাদ পড়ে গিয়েছিল। ...more
I'm pretty sure that I read this when I was younger, but some parts of it were a little foggy. However, I loved this book! I still think I like it better than By The Shores of Silver Lake, which I just finished. It's sort of an idyllic childhood book. Laura and Mary grow up by Plum Creek in Minnesota. I found it interesting that it didn't snow that much during the grasshopper weather. I always thought Minnesota was called Minnesnowta!

Parts of this book are depressing, such as the grasshoppers a
Shawn Thrasher
On the Banks of Plum Creek is sort of a disaster movie, told through the eyes of a child. Fires, floods, snow storms - and the grand high poobah of disasters, a plague of locusts. Wilder's descriptions of those grasshoppers is one of the most vivid and scary in all of literature too - she only needs to add some blood and gore, and she's entering in Stephen King territory (I exaggerate only slightly - those grasshoppers are terrifying).

Laura Ingalls remains such a real, living and breathing char
Rereading this book is like childhood comfort food without all of the calories. It's nice to visit my old friends and see that no matter how complicated my life gets, theirs always stays the same. I highly recommend this book to any girl who wants to remember Laura and her family, even if it's just for a couple of hours.
I am dead, Horatio. I am dead.
Tricia Douglas
This "Little House" book was this month's GR Newbery Honor choice. I don't think I'd ever read this one before, so enjoyed the historical part of this family's efforts to settle in Minnesota. The hard life, the love of family and community, and just the joy of moving to a new place is what makes Wilder's books such classical reads. Spoiled Nellie Oleson comes up against little feisty Laura and both provide spice to the story. When Pa's wheat crop is devoured by grasshoppers, Wilder writing is sy ...more
It has been years since I have read this (just the same length as the others). I remembered quite a bit of it, but one thing that I didn't remember was how good it was. I remembered it was good enough to give it 5 stars when I first entered it as a "read" book on this site. But what I didn't remember was that this book actually is more deserving of a 6 star rating. With this book you see the simplicity of Laura Ingalls Wilder's writing start to fade away (it becomes much more obvious in By the S ...more
Ginny Marie
I brought out my set of Little House books for my husband to read to our four year old daughter. She loves hearing stories from these books over and over again. I had great fun rereading the first four books again! (I think we are going to stop at On the Banks of Plum Creek for now. As I was previewing the fifth book, By the Shores of Silver Lake I thought some story lines might be too mature for our four year old.)

From my childhood readings, I distinctly remember the grasshoppers coming and des
Duchess Nicole
This seems to be the favorite book of the series so far, both for my three daughters and me. There are a lot of changes again for the Ingalls family. They live in an underground house at first, which is a story all on its own. Plum Creek makes for many happy times for Laura and Mary...and a few scary experiences.

All seen from the eyes of an eight year old American girl, this entire series is one that I couldn't possibly let my girls not read. I remember these from when I was a kid, and rereading
Plum Creek, Minnesota 1874. Nachdem Familie Ingalls ihre Farm im auf Indianergebiet auf Anordnung des Staates verlassen musste (Laura in der Prärie), zieht die siebenjährige Laura mit ihrer Familie wieder in Richtung Osten. Die Ingalls lassen sich zunächst in einem unterirdischen Erdhaus am Ufer von Plum Creek nieder, das Pa gegen die Pferde der Familie eintauscht. Hier beginnt für Laura und ihre Schwester Mary eine neue spannende Zeit, denn zum ersten Mal besuchen die beiden eine Schule und ler ...more
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Discussion #2 1 6 Feb 02, 2015 10:07PM  
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Ingalls wrote a series of historical fiction books for children based on her childhood growing up in a pioneer family. She also wrote a regular newspaper column and kept a diary as an adult moving from South Dakota to Missouri, the latter of which has been published as a book.
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Other Books in the Series

Little House (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • Little House in the Big Woods (Little House, #1)
  • Little House on the Prairie (Little House, #2)
  • Farmer Boy (Little House, #3)
  • By the Shores of Silver Lake  (Little House, #5)
  • The Long Winter (Little House, #6)
  • Little Town on the Prairie  (Little House, #7)
  • These Happy Golden Years (Little House, #8)
  • The First Four Years  (Little House, #9)
  • On the Way Home: The Diary of a Trip from South Dakota to Mansfield, Missouri, in 1894  (Little House #10)
  • West from Home: Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder, San Francisco, 1915  (Little House #11)
Little House on the Prairie (Little House, #2) Little House in the Big Woods (Little House, #1) The Little House Collection (Little House, #1-9) Little Town on the Prairie  (Little House, #7) By the Shores of Silver Lake  (Little House, #5)

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