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On the Other Side of the Hill (Little House) Paperback – September 15, 1995


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 860L (What's this?)
  • Series: Little House
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (September 15, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064405753
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064405751
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 3-5-The fourth in the series about Rose Wilder's childhood years on Rocky Ridge Farm in the Ozarks. Taking place during the course of a year, her experiences range from the dramatic (a cyclone, a fire, the death of a family friend) to the ordinary (a cider pressing, the annual hog butchering, and the family's first look at the brand new Sears Roebuck catalog). Throughout, Rose is a changing, growing character. Her relationships with others evolve in a natural way that children are bound to relate to, and the awakening of her intellectual curiosity and her transition from childhood to adolescence is authentically depicted. MacBride is obviously fascinated with historical detail, which generally serves this book well, although its length will intimidate many children, and some of the descriptions are perhaps a bit too leisurely. The plotting is where the book lacks structure and cohesiveness; it is episodic to the point of being rambling, with some plot elements just fizzling out (for example, all of the little bits about omens and superstitions never lead up to anything). All in all, though, this is a respectable book worthy of consideration, especially where the series is already popular.
Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"MacBride is obviously fascinated with historical detail, which...serves this book well." -- '- School Library Journal

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 11, 2004
Format: Paperback
On the Other Side of the Hill is a terrific book! Nine going on ten, Rose gets to participate in a shivaree after a wedding and goes to her friend Blanche's party. A cyclone comes, and a long drought and a fire invade Rocky Ridge Farm, but Rose and her family help each other through the hard times, and at the end they must move into town. Rose is sad to say good-bye to Rocky Ridge Farm, but knows she'll later return.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By McIntyre on December 11, 2006
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This book provided good reading and there are parts I enjoy such as the mean teacher, the feast they had during the hog butching and Blanche's birthday party.

I've read it several times but each time there is one point that really bugs me. Since I have been reading the Little House series plus Ingalls family biographies since I was in the fifth grade, I am very familiar with the life of Laura and her family.

It is always a source of annoyance when someone(sited as an expert) writes about a particular subject but makes glaring errors and mistakes about situations and the characters.

This book offers a prime example. I noted an error that should have been caught by either the author or an editor.

To wit: Almanzo brings home a Sears & Roebuck catalog in which people can mail order merchandise from the catalog. Wow! A new discovery in shopping! Laura nor Almanzo remembers living in South Dakota and looking through a Montegomery Ward catalog(mail-order) and purchasing a set of glassware or Laura purchasing a saddle for her pony from the Montegomery Ward catalog. This information was provided in the book The First Four Years also carrying Roger Lea MacBride's name. One of the pieces from the glassware set was the bread platter etched with the words 'Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread'.

Of course MacBride died and his daughter had taken over the writing at this point. But still, I think it is shameful when a fan knows the subjects and details better than the "experts".
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The author of this series died before the series was completed. Most of the books were written from partial manuscripts.

This series tells of Rose's life. She is a rambunctious girl who is growing up with the times. She often does things she isn't suppose to, behind her parents back. I wouldn't recommend the books for a really young audience, but for pre-teen to teen, these books are great.

You learn more about the changes in history and inventions appearing. It also sheds light into the life of Laura as an adult, raising a daughter and living the farmer lifestyle. They are not written in the same manner of the Laura Ingalls Wilder series, but they are still a good read.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "lilhousefan" on May 13, 2004
Format: Paperback
I found this entire series of books to be disappointing because it was more cynical than the original series. On doing some research I discovered that chapters in least one of the final books were actually taken (almost verbatim) from Rose's writings for an adult audience. The story is totally out of character with the series. Rose and her friend sneak out for several nights to meet a traveling salesman. He eventually makes a pass at her...
The listed author for this book (MacBride) died before the last few books were published and whether he had anything to do with the books is questionable.
This series is okay as light reading for adolescents but if you are looking for a piece of americana, and/or a wholesome book for your child this is not the best choice. It grossly fails to live up to the original series of books. The Caroline series is a better choice.
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By Melissa Garland on September 9, 2002
Format: Paperback
The girl was quite a firecracker. Again, just as charming as Little House, but the storytelling is rich and more reflective of who Rose was. This series truly equals the charm and storytelling of Laura's story. Kudos to those who thought to bring this series to print.
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A Kid's Review on January 11, 2004
Format: Paperback
I loved On the Other Side of the Hill! It was so exciting that I could never put it down. Out of all the books I've read about Rose, this is my favorite.
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By M. mitchell on November 28, 2007
Format: Paperback
on the other side of the hill. its really good. once i read this i had to read all the others. we need more books like this one.
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Format: Hardcover
This book arrived in very nice condition, no writing on it or torn pages.
I was very happy to add this to my book collection!
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