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The Long Winter Hardcover – October 14, 1953
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The adventures of Laura Ingalls and her family continue as Pa, Ma, Laura, Mary, Carrie, and little Grace bravely face the hard winter of 1880-81 in their little house in the Dakota Territory. Blizzards cover the little town with snow, cutting off all supplies from the outside. Soon there is almost no food left, so young Almanzo Wilder and a friend make a dangerous trip across the prairie to find some wheat. Finally a joyous Christmas is celebrated in a very unusual way in this most exciting of all the Little House books.
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In addition, the harrowing trek by Almanzo and Cap to find wheat was best told by the author switching to their viewpoint. Also, some of the tension amongst the townspeople when supplies are low and prices are high really gives the novel added flavor and drama.
A third reason that THE LONG WINTER is the best of the series is that it's so educational. Even the most casual of readers can pick up survival tips by observing what Pa, Ma and the girls do to 'contrive', strive and ultimately, survive. It is true that some of the chapters have a sameness, but this makes the reader feel what it was like to face starvation in the freezing dark cold. When Laura feels 'never fully awake', she's experiencing classic symptoms of starvation.
If you choose just one "Little House" book (but why would anyone stop at one?) read THE LONG WINTER.
In this book, the whole town is suffering because the train with the towns supplies was unable to get through due to blizzard upon blizzard upon blizzard that kept the railway covered!
To make matters even harder for the Ingalls family they had no way to burn their lamp and Pa's fingers were so stiff that he could not play the fiddle! The hours seemed to drag sometimes for the family, but I was intrigued to see how they would come up with new and creative ways of passing the time.
This book is certainly a must read due to the wonderful example the Ingalls provide for dealing with hard times. They never let go of their faith and hope!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book was in excellent condition! Very happy, thank you!Published 2 months ago by Carley Worms-Trubenbach
I also read this book every winter. It makes me grateful for the protections we now have. Its gotten me through many Oklahoma ice storms. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Now a Texan
I read this each winter. It helps me count my blessings. It's an American classic. I'm proud to own a copy.Published 2 months ago by mp
I volunteer at an after school reading program in Scottsdale, AZ. Last week my student and I read a biography of the author in a book on the second grade level. Read morePublished 3 months ago by susan f. barrett
Winter is coming and Pa knows it's going to be a tough one. Even though the Ingalls family doesn't like it, they have to leave their country homestead and move into town for... Read morePublished 4 months ago by In the Bookcase