Little Town on the Prairie (Little House #7)
1. Pa is in a minstrel show, wearing blackface, while townspeople sing "watch those darkies dance!"
2. Ma remarks that her daughters don't work in fields, since "only foreigners would let their daughters do that. As Americans, we are above that."
3. Ma frequently remarks that the "savages" are terrifying and brutal and she wishes they would all die.
And so on.
This is not to say I didn't thoroughly enj...more
As an adult, I think more about the historical context. I marvel with the characters at this great new land, seemingly just waiting to be settled. Of course, as an adult, I am more aware of the dark side of the time. I know a little more about what happened to the people who lived on the land before, an...more
Based on her memories of childhood spent in South Dakota during the late 19th century, Wilder once again offers a unique glimpse into America’s frontier past. The story begins in the spring following the Long Winter as Laura accepts her first job—sewing—in order to earn money for Mary to go to a school for the blind in Iowa. When Ma and Pa escort Mary to school, Laura, Ca...more
- Almanzo is stated to be 19 in the previous book when L...more
Notes of note:
- I liked the conversation when Mary admitted that she w...more
The writing in thi...more
A lot happens in this story. After several books of hoping for it, Mary finally does leave f...more
The coming fall after, Laura and her sisters attend school, where things turn hectic as a former nemesis of Laura tur...more
As happens when reading historical documents, we learn that people were very different from us, and very much the same as us too. As a teenager, Laura is nervous about attending a sociable, which turns out to be lots of adu...more
The change that overcomes the Wilder family as the town grows is interesting. Experiencing “society” is understandable scary. Laura does not know how to act at a party or a social. I love how the spelling bee was...more
every friday when luara dismisses her class almonz...more
This book they are still in...more
This book covers quite a large spell of time and gives a lovely insight to the life in the town that the Ingalls family have to spend half the year in to avoid being caught out by a bad winter that never seems to materialise. It follows Laura developing into a lovely young lady, her attachment to Almanzo deepens and she finall...more
This is just a wonderful continuation of the story told in The Long Winter. And even though it i...more
Suddenly [Laura:] had a completely new thought. The Declaration and the song came together in her mind and she thought: God is America's king. Americans won't obey any king on earth. Americans are free. That means they have to...more
This book follows on from the terrible winter of 1880–1881 and shows the Ingalls family finally back on their feet, getting the land producing and getting used to the town of De Smet as well. Certainly, plenty of things happen –...more
[U]p the center aisle came marching five black-faced men in raggedy-taggedy uniforms. White circles were around their eyes and their mouths were wide and red. Up onto the platform they marched, then facing forward in a row suddenly they all advanced, singing,
"Oh talk about your Mulligan Guards!
These darkies can't be beat!
We march in time and cut a shine!
Just watch these darkies' feet!"
No way around it, the minstrel show scene is about as offensive as they come. In combination with the multip...more
This is at least the second time I've read the Little House books with the family as bedtime reading, and we still love them. Little Town on the Prairie, the seventh book in Laura Ingalls Wilder's series, continues Laura's development. This book finds her 15 years old and working hard (or, sometimes, just wanting to) in school so that she can become a schoolteacher and help pay for her sister Mary's college education. Like the other books in the series, there is bitter and sweet in this story. T...more