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On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder
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Sep 12, 2009

really liked it

In this "Little House" story the Ingalls family has trekked from Indian territory to southwest Minnesota, near Walnut Grove. At first they live in a sod dugout, but quickly build a snug house near Plum Creek. The family stoically marches trough one trial after another. Pa busts his hump to put in a big wheat crop, only to have it all devoured by locusts. He needs to walk 300 miles to get farm work and leaves the women on their own. A prairie fire then threatens the place, and later a series of blizzards makes life miserable. In one storm, Pa, against Ma's better judgment, walks into town. He gets trapped under a snow wall for three days while the women folk shiver and do animal chores in savage conditions. But htere are good times too. I guess. Laura and Mary go to school for the first time and makes friends as well as some rivals, like the infamous Nelly Oleson. If even half the stuff in these books is true, these people are remarkable survivors.

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