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Young Pioneers Paperback – September 5, 1998
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About the Author
Dan Andreasen has illustrated many well-loved books for children, including River Boy: The Story of Mark Twain and Pioneer Girl: The Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder, both by William Anderson, as well as many titles in the Little House series. He lives with his family in Medina, Ohio.
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Top Customer Reviews
Now? She's mainly relegated to being "the daughter of Laura Ingalls Wilder." She's a footnote in the sad chapter of "The First Four Years."
My daughter and I have been reading a series of books written about Rose, in the style of the Little House books, by her "adopted grandson" and heir, Roger Lea MacBride (although he died after a few books were written, and his own daughter finished them, from what I understand.) And of course, there is "A Wilder Rose", the new novel about the relationship between Laura and Rose. This is the first of her books that I have read.
You'll notice in the Amazon synopsis that the main characters are named Molly and David. I'm not sure when this was changed (probably when the title was - and it suddenly became a children's book, which I find very odd...) but originally the characters were named Charles and Caroline. Sound familiar? Let the Hurricane Roar was originally published as a magazine serial, and then as a novel, and borrowed heavily from the stories that she had grown up hearing from the Ingalls side of her family. There is a grasshopper plague, and blinding blizzards, and cattle frozen to the ground by their own breath. Anyone who has read the Little House books will be very aware of the similarities.Read more ›
If you've read the "Little House" books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, you will recognize that many of the settings and events in "Young Pioneers" are from Laura's book, "On the Banks of Plum Creek". For instance, David and Molly live in a dugout on the banks of Wild Plum Creek. They also lose their wheat crop through a swarm of grasshoppers. But, you also get a glance at what "Ma" and "Pa" were possibly like before Laura was born. The story starts with David and Molly's wedding. David is 18 and Molly is 16 when they set off on their adventure. From the "Little House" books, I never pictured them being that young. Granted, I know that this is a fictionalized account of Charles and Caroline's early years, but this fact was probably pretty accurate. After reading the book, think about this...how many 16-18 year olds do you know that could survive life as a pioneer in today's age? I enjoyed the book quite a lot, but I did feel that the ending was a bit abrupt.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great story; Lane writes beautifully! I wasn't really excited about reading this; but was very pleasantly surprised! I include this in my top 25 books!Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Instead of actually reviewing "Young Pioneers' on its merits (or lack thereof), a lot of reviewers seem to think they need to take sides in some kind of Rose versus Laura feud... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Basbleu
I was surprised to find myself at the end of the book, it didn't feel complete.Published 6 months ago by M. Rohlman
A fitting following in the style of Laura Ingalls Wilder (the author's mother) and while fiction, easily believable. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Gaye Hill
I enjoyed this book, but really could have done without Wendy McElroy's commentary and political agenda.Published 7 months ago by fiddlemom
This short novel will successfully give you a taste of what pioneer life was like during the transcontinental railroad time period.Published 9 months ago by Aimee