These Happy Golden Years
The eighth book in Laura Ingalls Wilder's treasured Little House series, and the recipient of a Newbery Honor—now available as an ebook! This digital version features Garth Williams's classic illustrations, which appear in vibrant full color on a full-color device and in rich black-and-white on all other devices.
Fifteen-year-old Laura lives apart from her family for the fi...more
The book makes me happy inside, the gentle way that Laura and Almanzo become a couple and go out on rides together. Almanzo's persistence in courting Laura, and the ...more
I read this after visiting De Smet, and it was so lovely to be able to fix this unabashedly romantic YA novel firmly in its real-life location. On our last day in South Dakota we drove all around the lakes – Spirit Lake and Lakes Thompson and Henry – and out to the former tree claim where Laura and Almanzo’s first home was, and so in reading this book I was able to take a little nostalgia trip of my own, following the paths of their buggy rides.
I love Laura and Almanzo’s courtship (which is real ...more
These happy golden years are passing by, these happy golden years.
Arguably the most recognizable quote from the eighth book in the series and rightly so. We transition from girlhood to adulthood by having Laura slowly, but surly, fall love.
I distinctly remember that this was the first time that I mourned the loss of a character - I was in fifth grade and the book-Laura was still alive. Yet, I remember sadness and sorrow.
The Laura we knew has grown into a woman. It's no longer Ma, Pa and La ...more
Mary goes off t ...more
I chalk a lot of how good I did in certain classes in school to stories like these, and wish more kids today were still reading them.
ETA 2017: I think that, in spite of this series not being ...more
I loved that Laura appreciated her happy moments at this time in her life though, and knew that they really were happy golden years.
Eleanor: I know what my favorite part is already: WHEN LAURA GOT MARRIED!!!
I want to give it FIVE STARS!!! You know why it's amazing? Because how can a piece of wedding cake taste like sawdust in your mouth?
Dad: Why do you think Laura thought it tasted like sawdust?
El: Because she's leaving home forever.
Dad: But why would that make it taste like sawdust?
El: Well, in ...more
And then there's that earlier moment with Mrs. Brewster and the knife, and really appreciating home just before leaving it. That's always quite something.
I skimmed the next book, and it's jus ...more
As a child, I loved the innocence of Laura's existence and her rebellious nature. Now, what comes through much more strongly is the constant danger that the Ingalls Family lived ...more
We begin our story once again in the cold winter of the Dakota Territories. Laura has received her teaching certificate and begins teaching school to keep Mary in college. She dreads teaching, she doesn't want to leave home, but she pulls herself up by her bootstraps and puts on a brave face. The school is 12 long, cold miles from home. She's staying with the school board president's family, run by his awful wif ...more
Takeaways from book eight: Laura hates teaching, Laura wants to get married sooner so she can stop teaching, Pa really likes taking Laura's money fo ...more
কাজী আনোয়ার হোসেনকে মন থেকে শুভেচছা জানাই। তিনি অনুবাদ না করলে এই কলাসিক বইগুলা কখনোই পড়া হত না।
It's interesting that my favorite two books are the first and the last in the series. In the first, Laura is a child. 6 or 7 years old. In the last, she's a "grown up," around 18 years old. Ther ...more