The Long Winter (Little House #6)
The town of De Smet is hit with terrible, howling blizzards and Laura and her family must ration their food and coal. When the supply train doesn't arrive, Almanzo Wilder and his brother realize something must be done. They begin an impossible journey in search of provisions, before it's too late.
Although all of Laura Ingalls' books have a cozy, homey charm, The Long Winter brings with it a gritier, more menacing realism of what life would actually have been like for the American pioneer. Since it is a children's book, Laura keeps the threat light, but make no mistake, the threat of starvation is a serious and ever present danger to not only the Ingalls family, but all the residents of De Smet, ...more
I saw a facebook post not too long ago in which the person was opining that they didn't live in the "Little House days." This was in regard to Christmas. They mentioned how Laura and Mary et al received only one or two presents and were thrilled and grateful to receive them. You know, that was a "simpler time."
Several days later, I saw that they were taking a trip to Disney for Christmas. And there wer ...more
The Long Winter's unlike any of the other books in the Little House series. The sense of foreboding and doom is palpable in the early chapters. Pa can't quit ...more
This is a dark book. It was one of my favorites as a kid. It was just the perfect thing to read in the winter when it was snowing. On my reread I find myself more interested in th ...more
I couldn't get enough to eat so it seemed because the Half-pint and everyone in the book was hungry.
I also kept covering myself up and went to the warmest spot in our house to stay warm.
When I went out to the barn to do chores, I thought about what they did w/their animals and how easy it would be to get lost and freeze to death in a blizzard.
Was I ever glad when the storm broke.
It also made me afraid to have children. Pa and Ma could be counted on. I knew they would never let their children starve, they would make something happen. The idea that I would be in charge of someone's life scared me very much at the time. And still does.
Laura is like the town and community on the verge of growing up. She's both Ma and Pa's right-hand, doing both the farm work and work in the home. Wi ...more
As an adult, I can see it for the masterpiece it is. The Ingalls had endured hardships before, but this time they are truly helpless and in danger on the prairie. They've spent only one summer in ...more
It's also been on my mind because the cooling weather this year reminds me of the 4.5 days the week before Christmas last year when ou ...more
I'm not really sure what it is about Ingall's writing here that has captivated me with The Long Winter. I haven't read any of her other books more than once. But there's something about the authentic details and stunning yet non-flowery imagery that conjures up a re ...more
First, Laura's a teenager here. She's assumed many more grown-up responsibilities around the Ingalls' home. Not only is her work becoming more critical to the operation of the household, she's starting to be let in on the dangers of her family's life in a way that she's not been before. In The Long Winter, Laura faces the very real possibility of losing her family and her own life. She witnesses her parents shift ...more
This is a great story of perserverance and just plain survival under some unexpectedly harsh conditions. When an extraordinarily harsh winter hits the Dakotas and the trains are unable to bring supplies, the underprovisioned homesteaders pretty much have to rely on their wits to last through the winter.
Reading about the simple gifts that Laura gave that Christmas makes you think, boy have Christmas expectations changed over the years. L ...more