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The Long Winter Hardcover – October 14, 1953
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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!
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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 1 day 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 18 days ago by In the Bookcase
My daughter and I love these books. Great to see how the God keep this family safe and alive through this terrible time.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
We love this series. Boys and girls of all ages in this household loved the entire set.Published 3 months ago by Rodney Pitford
While on a road trip with my mother, sister, and niece to various Ingall's family sites in the midwest, we listened to most of the Little House books on CD. We loved them. Read morePublished 3 months ago by bekki