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By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder
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Jun 26, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: 2012-reads-and-rereads

This book is a rarity as far as series go - it is a transition book in which not much happens, and yet it is one that most people list as their favorite. For me, it's a three-way tie between this one, Little Town on the Prairie, and These Happy Golden Years.

Laura is not a carefree child anymore, but she's not the mature young woman we see in The Long Winter. The Ingalls are done moving, but not quite ready to settle on their own homestead yet (not until the very end, anyway). This is the book where we (and Laura) first learn that she must become a teacher, but she hasn't settled to her schooling yet. This is a quiet, mostly-peaceful interlude between books, and it is remarkably cheerful and restful to read. It also features two of my favorite characters from this series - Mr and Mrs Boast. Mrs Boast is a wonderful friend to the Ingalls females: a true lady (meaning Ma approves) who still knows how to have fun (meaning Laura approves).

Three cheers for Laura and the soon-to-be-but-not-yet town of De Smet!

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Elaine I took my girls on a Little House tour and we loved De Smet!

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