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The First Four Years (Little House) Paperback – May 11, 2004
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For the first time in the history of the Little House books, this new edition features Garth Williams’ interior art in vibrant, full color, as well as a beautifully redesigned cover.
Laura Ingalls Wilder is beginning life with her new husband, Almanzo, in their own little house. Laura is a young pioneer wife now, and must work hard with Almanzo, farming the land around their home on the South Dakota prairie. Soon their baby daughter, Rose, is born, and the young family must face the hardships and triumphs encountered by so many American pioneers.
And so Laura Ingalls Wilder's adventure as a little pioneer girl ends, and her new life as a pioneer wife and mother begins. The nine Little House books have been cherished by generations of readers as both a unique glimpse into America's frontier past and a heartwarming, unforgettable story.
Top Customer Reviews
The book picks up just before the ending of "These Happy Golden Years," and describes Laura Ingalls' first four years married to her husband of over 60 years, Almanzo Wilder, who she here calls "Manly."
This is the only one of the original series which was not published during her lifetime, and not edited (some say co-written or ghost written) by her daughter Rose Wilder Lane, herself a best-selling author, and it shows.
The writing was not as bad as I was led to believe without Rose's hand, as the book was based on a diary Laura kept during her first married years. A close friend of Rose's, Roger Lea McBride, received this diary and saw to its publication after Rose's death. The book seems more like a story outline than a diary as such, and perhaps Laura intended it as a base for Rose to embellish, but this never happened.
I read this book in order with the others in the series with my 8-year-old daughter (we took an entire school year of evenings to finish). My daughter was annoyed by the fact that the descriptions of the events before Laura and Almanzo's wedding are not exactly like those in the earlier book, and she quickly picked up on the fact the book doesn't have the richness of description so important to enjoyment of the earlier works, especially for young girls.Read more ›
There is an introduction in the beginning of the book (by the person who personally knew Rose Wilder Lane and wrote the Rose books)that tells us that this book is different from the first books. It's because Laura never intended to publish it. Or maybe she did, but didn't get to. But anyhow, she did not edit it to be published.
I read another review that said that the voice of the whole book is different. I totally agree with that statement! It's not like Laura!
I think it's a good idea to make this book part of the set, however, because people want to know what happens after Almanzo and Laura get married.
This is my advice: Read the other books first!
-Gracie G., age 11
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a WONDERFUL book . It is valuable because it gives us a vivid picture of the REAL hardships faced by a young couple in the first years of their marriage It does depict... Read morePublished 1 month ago by MS Huntsville
I think that this is an enjoyable book for people of all ages. I would suggest that you should read carefully or you might not understand.Published 1 month ago by Beverly Hootman
Let's get this straight, when Laura/Half Pint goes into labor Ma Ingalls is actually there to help deliver her own granddaughter (Rose) & later when the young couple almost die... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Honeytone
This book is a bit of a miss if you just read it as the ninth book in the series. It wasn't actually curated completely by Laura Ingalls Wilder, it was published after her death... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Tawny9753
Not like the other Laura books and I think you'd be okay to skip it. There is a good explanation as an introduction of why it's different from the rest of the series.Published 7 months ago by katina
Rough and somewhat unedited,it lacks the flow of the mature later books such as 'Little Town' but nevertheless it is an essential volume in the Little House saga. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Poetcomic1