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On The Way Home (Little House #10)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  8,184 Ratings  ·  196 Reviews
In 1894, Laura Ingalls Wilder, her husband, Almanzo, and their daughter, Rose, packed their belongings into their covered wagon and set out on a journey from De Smet, South Dakota, to Mansfield, Missouri. They heard that the soil there was rich and the crops were bountiful -- it was even called "the Land of the Big Red Apple." With hopes of beginning a new life, the Wilder ...more
Published 1993 by Harper Trophy (first published 1962)
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Emily Hunholz
I read “On the Way Home” when I was a kid and just couldn’t appreciate it like I do now. It is a travel log that Laura kept on her journey from De Smet to Mansfield. Most of the book is just a record of the Wilder family’s daily activities with little of the beautiful prose I’m so used to in Laura’s books. As a child, I couldn’t hear Laura’s voice, and I got bored with the seemingly monotonous details. Now, I can read between the lines a little more, and I find it fascinating.

I now can recogniz
Still struggling to catch up with my backlog of Laura Ingalls Wilder-related reading that I did last summer in preparation for our tour, which I'd also like to record eventually!

This diary of Laura's trip from South Dakota to the Ozarks, as a young woman with a small daughter, in the wake of many domestic disasters that prompted the move, is one of the things that makes me totally discount the notion that Rose Wilder Lane (Laura's daughter) "wrote" the Little House books for Laura, a currently f
Jean Poulos
A friend of mine loaned me a thin hard cover book of the diary of a trip from South Dakota to Mansfield, Missouri in 1894 by Laura Ingalls Wilder 1867-1957). The forward of the book is written by Rose Wilder Lane (1886-1968) the daughter of LIW. There are a number of pictures in the book which I found most interesting.

In 1894 South Dakota was stricken by a severe drought and the depression of the 1890s was under way. Laura and Almanzo Wilder decided to move to the Ozarks. Laura kept a day-to- da
Sep 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was very enjoyable. I've seen many reviews in which people went into it thinking it was going to be another Little House book, but what you have to remember is that when Laura wrote this she never meant to publish it. It was simply a little diary she kept on the 650-mile journey from De Smet, South Dakota to Mansfield, Missouri that she wrote in a 5-cent notebook. It lacks the polish of her most famous works, but it's still fascinating for all Laura Ingalls Wilder fans. Lurki ...more
Nov 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This really sets the stage for the Little House books! Ah, the Dust Bowl/drought and a reminder that so many traveled back and forth and yon in "the Wild West" before settling down. Another reminder (in addition to The Jam on the Vine) that the west was settled by so many recent immigrants to the U.S., not just the Eastern European immigrants who first landed here--'cause they were all immigrants, after all! (Woe to the indigenous folks... :( ) The daunting task of purchasing land and then the n ...more
Nov 25, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am such a Little House fan that I don't think I could ever give any of the books less than 4 stars. I'm not ashamed to say it: I am an adult, and the Little House books are still some of my favorites to read. This book is actually Laura's journal from her move to South Dakota to Missouri, which she wrote in everyday. The more I read these books, the more thankful I become that I was born when I was, rather than in the 1800's.
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have far too much emotional attachment to rate this objectively, but I did like reading a more candid piece of writing from her.
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Brittany R
This book is interesting for a few reasons. It’s a categorical account of the Wilder’s trip from De Smet, SD to Mansfield, MO, including the cost for various work tasks and the number of wagons traveling both ways down the trail. Now, I know that sounds kind of boring and a lot of people think it is. But I found it really fascinating. It’s chock full of information that historians and history nerds find fascinating about that time. As a farm wife, the cost of labor and its products were fascinat ...more
Nachdem das junge Paar Laura und Manly Wilder mehrere Jahre in Folge nur Missernten einfgefahren haben, beschließen die beiden 1894 mit ihrer Tochte Rose von DeSmet nach Mansfield in das Land des großen roten Apfels zu ziehen. Mit der befreundeten Familie Cooley ziehen Laura, Manly und Rose mit einem Pferdegespann in die Ozarks in Missouri. Während dieser Reise führt Laura Tagebuch, damit sie den Lieben daheim getreulich berichten kann, was sie auf dieser Reise erlebt hat.

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Ingalls wrote a series of historical fiction books for children based on her childhood growing up in a pioneer family. She also wrote a regular newspaper column and kept a diary as an adult moving from South Dakota to Missouri, the latter of which has been published as a book.
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