HORSE POWER, HONEY, MAPLE SYRUP, CURDS, CHEESE, ETC. This is a wonderful book. I am middle aged and I loved it. I think kids of any age will love ..Show More »parts of it. Like a Jean Auel book, a lot of time is spent in explaining how to make cheese, gather honey, cook maple syrup and so on. These explaining parts might get a little dry for the average kid. The book is also full of stories as told by Laura's dad. These stories are extremely entertaining for kids and adults. As a whole I believe kids of all ages will like it.
Cherry Jones I read the hard back copy years ago. I remember liking the book, but not loving it. Jones made me love it.
I live 45 minutes from Mansfield Mo. That is where Laura and her husband moved and where she wrote all these books. They have kept her house in good shape and they have a museum. It is nothing fancy, I would not drive hundreds of miles out of the way to see it, but if your in the area it is well worth it. It is right off of highway 60.
It was a stroke of genius on the part of Laura Ingalls Wilder to include a book about her husband Almanzo's childhood (on a farm in upstate New York, ..Show More »in the mid-1800s) in her Little House collection of childhood memories. This book resonates with a boyish energy and spirit unique among the nine volumes in the series, though it will delight boys and girls alike. This is an essential part of the Little House series and not to be missed. Narrator Cherry Jones does a fine job of differentiating characters while avoiding that tendency common among many other narrators to attempt to do a distinct, separate voice for each character. I find her choice to just mostly read the story "straight" (as one would to an older child) refreshing and very appropriate to this material. Many thanks to Ms. Jones and to Audible for making this timeless American classic series (rivaled in its literary scope and stature only by J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series) available in its entirety. Grade: A
The Big Woods have gotten too settled for Pa and the Ingalls family, so it's off to Indian Territory. There a Little House is built, one that becomes ..Show More »home, complete with glass windows. This wonderful book is really enlivened by the writing: a thousand dickey birds, singing the family to sleep with a thousand songs; stars so close they sing little Laura to sleep as well (but not before exciting her imagination!); the waking nightmare of an Indian War Cry. There is love of family here, and of neighbors (the introduction of the stalwart Mr. Edwards); there is the excitement of being in a land that is an endless sea of grass; there are wildfires, gusty winters, Santa Claus, and Indian Jamborees that may turn deadly. As always, Cherry Jones narrates with heart and energy, and she sings the family's tunes with gusto. A great addition to the series!
Driven from Indian Territory, Laura and her family settle in Minnesota for "On the Banks of Plum Creek." Here Laura's independent spirit and r..Show More »estless nature really start to shine through. How naughty she is (or what passed for naughty way back when)! She'll dip herself into a raging creek (only because her skin, her very skin, NEEDS to feel the water), and she'll get back at that mean ol' Nellie Olsen, especially when nature provides such things as crabs! And leeches! And she'll save her beloved Charlotte, no matter who thinks it's wrong (But Ma is a kind woman, and she knows that Laura's heart is good and that it was the right thing to do). A big girl, going on eight, Laura faces school for the first time, church, and is introduced to Sunday School where Teacher doesn't know just how well little Laura knows the Bible. And always is the background of a life on the land, of living and buying, banking on the wheat crop. Of living through blizzards, of living through glistening clouds that drop grasshoppers like rain. Cherry Jones does a stellar job, as usual, really bringing the family to life, the angst, the joy. What wonderful books!
Life turned unkind for the Ingalls family on Plum Creek. Scarlet fever struck them all, leaving Mary blind, and Pa doesn't know how to pay doctor bill..Show More »s. But then a job working with the railroad leads them to the Dakota Territory, 'by the shores of Silver Lake'. There are such vivid descriptions of nature, after all, Laura has to be Mary's "eyes" from now on, and there's plenty of singing (when I read the books, I used to wonder what Mary's song, "Highland Mary" sounded like; now I know)! They settle into the surveyor's house during winter, snug as bugs, and live off the land. Laura's wild heart feels the difference of this prairie; it's so big, so quiet, so different from Indian Territory, and she yearns to go west as more and more people settle down. But here she learns her future: she's to be a teacher. And when they hear of a school for the Blind, there's a dream to send Mary. Expect beautiful writing, rousing tunes sung by cousins who laugh together and race little black ponies, the friendship of Mr. and Mrs. Boast, and always: there's Laura's laughing spirit!
Every winter, at home in the big woods of Pennsylvania where I grew up, I took a week off school (countenanced by my laissez-faire parents) and re-rea..Show More »d this wonderful series about a family that was anything but laissez-faire, a family that came to feel as real to me as my own. This volume marks a turning point in the series, as true darkness comes upon the family in the form of the legendary, seemingly never-ending winter of 1887-88. For over half a year, blizzard after blizzard pounds the little town on the prairie, and Laura and her family (in the town home to which they flee from their homestead, just in time for the first horrific storm) must struggle to survive. I had the pleasure of reading this to my own young children years ago during a three-day blizzard just after we'd moved from downtown Eureka to the Sierra foothills here in California, in the winter of 1990. We were without heat or power save for our woodstove, candles and lanterns, but we snuggled together by the fire after a dinner of cold canned Spaghettios, and the children were entranced by this story. "Oh, I see what we did wrong!" My oldest daughter exclaimed suddenly during a pause between chapters. "It's winter, so we were supposed to move from our house in the country to our house in the town, not the other way around!"
This story of perseverance, faith and hope in the face of hardship is as heartwarming and as relevant today as it was when it was first written. Thanks, Laura, thank you to able narrator Cherry Jones, and thank you, Audible, for finally bringing this brilliant classic series to your listeners. Grade: A+
I've read this series about once a year ever since I was old enough to read, and every single time, my heart quickens as I approach this, the sta..Show More »ndout volume among the nine Little House books. I'm convinced that if Laura were alive today, she'd say this was the one she had the most fun writing. This is the book that details the time when all of the years of hard work, struggle and deprivation on the part of the townsfolk begin to pay off, and De Smet, South Dakota becomes not just a place to survive but a place to thrive, with real culture, cameraderie, joie de vivre and community. Cherry Jones is a solidly good, very appropriate narrator and she gives excellent voice to this happy story of a unique time and place in American history. If you can afford to buy just one volume, make it this one. Grade: A+
These Happy Golden Years for decades was the final book in the Little House series. I wore out the library editions of the series and would have loved..Show More » to have had this audio version . The narrator , Cherry Jones, is just perfect for the role of 15 year old Laura and her sisters and friends. She even does a credible male voice as Pa and Alonzo. Her expression is excellent and I could listen to her over and over. And so I did!
This book is a bit darker than the other books in the series but life isn't always rainbows. This is my favorite of the series. It seems to reflect th..Show More »e gritty reality of Laura and Manly's tribulations.