Old Town in the Green Groves
I actually really liked this one more than I was expecting - These First Four Years was so awful in so many ways that I really didn't have high hopes for this one, yet I actually ...more
As I have read the later books and also read about Laura other places I already knew parts of what had to happen in this book but that didn't take the joy of reading it away from me.
I was a little disapointed when the book didn't close the gab completely. We didn't get to hear about (spoiler from "By the Shores of Silver Lake") (view ...more
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I could easily see why Laura did not write about this time - in two years she almost lost her Ma to illness, her family lost the farm to grasshoppers (again), her baby brother was born and later died, she had the measles, and she moved three tim ...more
I felt like Cynthia Rylant did a pretty decent job at keeping Laura's voice throughout this little book, although the one complaint that I had was that this particular book seemed like she was writing at a reading level that was just a little too low for my taste. Other t ...more
The story follows the facts of the Ingalls family as far as they are known during the gap between the events of On The Banks of Plum Creek and By the Shores of ...more
Rylant does a nice job of capturing Wilder's gentle but enthusiastic descriptions of pioneer life and family life. This is much better than other Little House spin-offs I've read!
But the crop isn’t successful. For the third year in a row, the Ingalls’ crop is destroyed – consumed – by grasshoppers. As far as Pa can figure, their only option is to sell the farm, pack up the family, and move to Burr Oak, Iowa, where he’s been offered the job ...more
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Having grown up reading and re-reading the original "Little House" books, this story did fill in some gaps that had always made me wonder, which was nice, but was also much more open about the hardness of life that Laura's family went through. That doesn't mean the book was depressing, just...more