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Publisher's Summary

Immerse yourself in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s beloved Little House series!

The Ingalls family has seen both joy and hardship since the end of On the Banks of Plum Creek. Mary has been left blind from a battle with scarlet fever, and a new sister, Grace, has been born. Pa decides to move to a railroad camp in the unsettled Dakota Territory to work as a bookkeeper to earn money. Eventually, Laura, her sisters, and Ma travel by train to join Pa at the spot he’s claimed for their new home.  They spend a long winter in the surveyor’s house, and in the spring, Pa begins to build a store. It’s the first building in what will become the town of De Smet. Finally, the Ingalls family’s travels by covered wagon are over.

The nine books in the timeless Little House series tell the story of Laura’s real childhood as an American pioneer, and are cherished by readers of all generations. They offer a unique glimpse into life on the American frontier and tell the heartwarming, unforgettable story of a loving family.

©1939, 1967 Little House Heritage Trust (P)2004, 2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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Put down the tablets and phones! Great for a road trip!

This series has been wonderful to listen to! Any time we drive more than 15 minutes, it allows us to connect by listening to something together. NO ELECTRONICS! 😁

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Love the story, not the singing

All of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s stories are wonderful and remind me of when I was a young girl and read the books until they fell apart. I’m sorry to be judgmental, but Cherry Jones should stick to acting and narrating, and skip the singing. She sings all of the songs in the books, and I found myself skipping ahead. Otherwise, nicely done!

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That's Doe-Shah, not Doe-see-ah!

Poor reading, uneven accent and mispronounced names. Awful singing! Do better research so such errors can be avoided.

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Upbeat

I loved the upbeat tempo of this book in the series. Every member of the family seemed excited. Cherry Jones narration is great.

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How good this book is

Good really good so good best book ever you must read it so so good!!!!!

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  • JS
  • 07-20-20

great book. timeless classic

loved the story. wonderfully written. timeless classic. every person should emerse themselves in it. wonderful.

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LOVE!

This is an awesome book! I could read it over and over again! Totally recommend!
- daughter of Antonia, 4th grader

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Amazing as always

Cherry Jones does a wonderful job of reading these stories and bringing the characters to life! I highly recommended these. I get lost in the books for hours!

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Great character voices

Listening to Cherry Jones read any of Laura Ingalls Wilder books is a gift. We love reading allowed, but when Cherry reads it is enjoyable and she transports you into the story. By the Shores of Silver Lake has a lot of dialogue and adventure and Ms.Jones does not miss a beat.

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A little more serious, but still fun

Another enjoyable read. Laura is growing up and while the story is still kid friendly there are some more serious things that happened that made it less lighthearted than the previous book. A couple things early on even made me cry a little (view spoiler) In spite of these sad things it was still interesting to see the way Laura is maturing and becoming more of a young lady and less of a little girl, get a taste for adventure and heading west, and help with the younger girls instead of being the main cause of mischief for once. I also thought it was very sweet how she has taken it upon herself to describe things to Mary to help her still experience the things she can no longer see.

Looking forward to more.

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A beloved but very old family pet (view spoiler)

Mention of members of the Ingalls family having contacted scarlett fever some time before the book started and one character having lost her sight to the fever.

There are threats of violence ranging from a possible bandit following the family's wagon (the attack never happens), to a mob of rowdy townspeople threatening Pa because he won't do what they want (but then leave without doing anything), to Ma having to tell the girls to stay upstairs because some men being boarded downstairs are drunk and causing a commotion (no one gets hurt), to fear of wolves being nearby.

What little actual violence occurs is not described and mainly includes a man physically holding off a bunch of other men (and enjoying himself doing it) so Pa can get inside a building to make a bid for some land, and Pa killing animals for food.

The closest thing to sexual/romantic content is Laura and another girl talking about how a girl not much older than them just got married and won't be able to have fun and play anymore. (Laura is only 12 or 13 at this point. ) Neither girl seems interested in marriage at this point, though they sing an innocent little song about wanting to marry a railway man instead of a farmer.

A very young child is feared to be missing at one point

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  • 08-18-20

Lovely story

My children really enjoy all the books from this series so far. Now on to the next one!

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  • 09-23-20

AMAZING

Cherry Jones is one of the BEST readers. Absolutely loved this audiobook, highly recommend this one.