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Little House on Rocky Ridge (Little House: The Rose Years #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  14,248 Ratings  ·  135 Reviews
Once a long time ago a little girl named Laura Ingalls lived in the Big Woods of Wisconsin, in a little house made of logs. She grew up and wrote nine books about her childhood - the famous Little House stories. Laura had a daughter of her own named Rose, who grew up in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri, also in a little house made of logs. "Little House on Rocky Ridge" is t ...more
Paperback, 353 pages
Published May 1st 1993 by Turtleback Books (first published 1993)
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Paul Lunger
Sep 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I will admit that it's probably been over 20 years since I've even touched the "Little House on the Prairie" series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. So I was surprised to realize that there are many, many more books that continue that beloved series beyond the original dozen. In "Little House on Rocky Ridge" we start the adventures of Rose Wilder (Laura & Almanzo's only daughter) & the tale of her adventures in the western U.S. In this tale MacBride follows the Wilders as they leave drought stri ...more
This series chronicles Rose's life, Laura's daughter.

Laura continues to call Almanzo "Manly" in this book (and I'm guessing the rest of the series) but this doesn't drive me as crazy as it did in These First Four Years. I'm getting used to it, I guess.

Once again, I liked this book more than I was expecting to. I think I'll continue to read the rest of the series, but I think I'll slow down the pace to a book every few months or so - we'll see.

Rose is a bit annoying, and Laura as the mother isn't
The other John
Most of the time, sequels are annoying. They try to capture the appeal of the original work, but usually just end up being a lesser remix of the same elements. I tend not to have high expectations when I start reading a sequel. How much lower expectations I should have had for this book, which is the first book of a whole series of sequels to the Little House series. Fortunately, this is one of the rare cases when a sequel is worth reading.

Little House on Rocky Ridge is the first volume in the s
Ashley Perham
Jan 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ya know, I was sort of prepared for a letdown after the Laura years (forgetting the First Four Years, obviously) But guys, this was amazing! It's like MacBride basically got Laura's voice! It was detailed, but not boring! I felt most of Rose's emotions! And I loved all the stories. You could probably relate to most of them, just kids being kids. And then when they got their house and it was all set up! I love how Laura and Manly continue to make things work, even in hard times. This is gonna be ...more
Jul 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this series of books. I admit I was skeptical at first, but Roger Lea MacBride did such a good job with this series. I had re-read the Little House series so many times so it was such a joy that finally - there were more! Sure, I was an adult, but who cares?

The Little House books had such a big impact on my life growing up. I wish I could have read these books about Rose when I was a kid. I know I will re-read these, too, someday.

I've tried another series in the Little House saga, but so
A continuation from the classic Little House on the Prairie Series, this book is written by a different author but still keeps within the spirit of Laura Ingalls Wilder as it tells the story of Laura's daughter, Rose. The book moved slowly at times, but it was a great book to read aloud to my children at bedtime because each chapter could stand alone as an episode or story while still weaving into the overall story of Rose and her family. I was surprised at how much my boys loved it and looked f ...more
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The feels.

I remember reading the original series when I was little and absolutely loving it, and I was all over this too. It was absolutely adorable, and I definitely recommend this for fans of the original series.
Oct 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can still remember both the excitement with which I greeted this on publication, and the corresponding disappointment on the first read, and that's why this book is now a discardathon re-read. But it's a difficult decision.

On the one hand, it's interesting to see Laura and her family from Rose's perspective; that final evening in De Smet is beautifully portrayed (it's absolutely heartbreaking); and I love the barn raising at the end - it's a wonderfully positive way to end this particular part
Kacey Kendrick Wagner
The "Little House: The Rocky Ridge Years" (which is now called The Rose Years) series is a continuation of the Little House series. It's written from the point of view of Rose--Laura Ingalls Wilder's daughter--by Rose's adopted grandson. Normally, I would be wary of adding on to such a classic series, but I think MacBride did an exceptional job. He keeps the writing style similar to that of Wilder, so the continuation seems fairly natural. I was obsessed with the Little House books as a child, s ...more
I didn't care for this book as much as the original Little House stories. There wasn't much tension or strife - though I realize this is a book for kids, I think everything they went through could have been a lot harder. I was disappointed at how much Laura's mannerisms and attitudes resembled her mother's. I never cared much for Caroline and admired Laura's free spirit. She really did grow up and that makes me kind of sad. Also, Rose was constantly shouting or screaming when all she needed to d ...more
Rebecca Rosenblum
I adored the original series of Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, and they do stand up upon adult rereading. I was startled and excited to find there were additional series about Rose, Laura's daughter, as well as her mother and a couple one off books about her grandmother and great grandmother. This was the first one of the "new" series I tried (they're actually from the 90s, but new to me) and it was actually pretty decent. An interesting, well-crafted children's story--I'll probably ...more
Oct 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have a history with the Little House books, and I still love them even after all this time.

I owe those books lots, they kickstarted my reading, way back in kidnergarten. I have never been without a book ever since.

There's nothing like the Little House books to read with the rain pattering on your roof and a nice mug of steaming tea in your hand. Which happens to be what I am doing right now.
Apr 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Julianna's review: I liked the wagon parts when they were traveling. I didn't like the parts where they were throwing grapes around at each other.

My review: Definitely not quite the caliber of the Little House books, but definitely interesting as we got to see more about the lives of our favorite characters from the Little House books. I also like that these books seem aimed at younger listeners, though this particular book was really long.
Reading this book brought me back to my childhood dreams of wishing I could have lived in the "pioneer times." Some of that was kind of shattered later on in this book because of one aspect about it. If you have arachnophobia, don't read this book unless you want some "exposure therapy". I almost didn't want to finish it once I came to that. :P But it was worth it to finish, it was a good book.
Jan 21, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: laura ingalls fans
I am a huge fan of the Laura Ingalls stories!!! The tried and true Laura stories are by far my favorites, but when I came across stories of her great-grandmother all the way down to her daughter, I was thrilled. Though I have to admit, the "Rose Years" are my least favorite.
Apr 29, 2014 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I love this book sooooo much I'm so going to read the whole series
Nicole D.

I just recently re-read the whole Little House book series and LOVED them. I didn't even think about reading books which weren't written by Laura Ingalls Wilder, but this book worked for a game I'm playing.

This book picks up Laura's story when she, her husband and her daughter Rose decide to move to Missouri and start a new life. I don't know what it is about these books, but I love them, and I guess I will be continuing this series, of which there are 8 more books.
Mr. Graham
These are not as good as the original Little House books which were written in first person by Laura Ingalls Wilder herself. However, all indications are that these books are faithful to the life of Laura's family. They were written as a continuation of the story of Laura's life beyond the original series.
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book follows Laura Ingalls Wilder after she is married, has a child and the three of them move to Missouri from the Dakotas. If you enjoyed the Little House books, you'll enjoy this. There are a couple more in the series also.
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We continued on to here from the Laura's series but it pittered out for my children. Perhaps they will pick it up on their own later in life!
Katina stewart
May 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful continuation of the Little House series with a new beginning in Missouri.
Massanutten Regional Library
Lianna, Shenandoah patron, July 2017, 4 stars:

Very good for Little House lovers!
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great companion the the Little House series.
Kristen Luppino
Oct 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice parallel to Laura Ingalls Wilder's diary and a fun start to the Rose series!
Aug 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is the continuing story of Laura Ingalls Wilder, but now focused can her daughter Rose, as they move away from South Dakota and into Missouri, where they settle for the rest of their lives. I enjoyed it, although there wasn't much suspense in it, just following them as they travel (yikes, these days, that trip wouldn't be more than a few hours by plane, but took them months by wagon! ). I love reading about how life was back then-as they saw new things being developed like telephones and tr ...more
Jul 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book takes up the story with Laura, Almanzo, and their child Rose leaving their family in South Dakota for new horizons in Missouri. After losing their farm because of drought, they feel they have no choice but to say good-bye to Ma and Pa and the rest of the family and pack up their covered wagon. They travel with the Cooley family to Mansfield, Missouri. Rose's provides an insightful child's perspective of the travels, camping, and settling into their new farm. Rose solves the mystery of ...more
Sep 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Little House fans
Out of all the Little House generations (Martha, Charlotte, Caroline, Laura, and Rose) Laura's original series is obviously my favorite! But I also love the Rose series. I read these right after I finished the Little House series. What I love about this series is how we get to see Laura as a mother and their time spent in Mansfield, Missouri!
The Wilders finally settle down in Mansfield and do not make another move. However, the journey from De Smet to Mansfield is tiring with the bitter heat fr
Jan 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a 39-year old Little House/Laura Ingalls Wilder fan. I recently found these series and decided to read the first one of each. (Martha, Caroline and now Rose done, just need Charlotte.)

By and far, the first book about Rose was my favorite, and I think that has a lot to do with the fact that Mr. MacBride knew her personally and was practically a member of her family. He clearly had the inside track and it's written in a similar manner to the original "Little House" books. He seems to have th
Aug 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All ages
I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the writing by Roger MacBride. My 8 year old son and I had just finished reading the original Little House series aloud together and were at a bit of a loss of what to read next. We decided to pick up the Wilder family story where The First Four Years had left off. We are far from disappointed and thoroughly enthralled by Rose's adventures. We have also read Little Farm in the Ozarks and now are enjoying In the Land of the Big Red Apple. If you want ...more
Amy Flink
Dec 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was so glad to see more Little House books in the stores!! I had been sad when Laura's ended. The Rocky Ridge series starts off well-written and exciting but the last two lack depth and character. Also, in hindsight, I don't think I care for Rose like I do Laura. Rose seemed to have some very extreme beliefs which actually are very worrisome! She seemed ashamed of her hard-working parents who worked so hard to put a roof over her and provide food and pretty clothes for her. Also I hated her c ...more
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MacBride called himself "the adopted grandson" of writer and political theorist Rose Wilder Lane, the daughter of writer Laura Ingalls Wilder, and as such laid claim to the substantial Ingalls-Wilder's literary estate, including the "Little House on the Prairie" franchise. He is the author of record of three additional "Little House" books, and began the "Rocky Ridge Years" series, describing the ...more
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Little House: The Rose Years (8 books)
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