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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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Charles’s big break.

The narration could not be better. Chery Jones nails it.on the shores of silver lake is exciting, charming and all the other adjectives I can’t think of. Some of it is fiction but don’t let that stop you. These books are a fantastic picture of the 1800s on the prairie they are more fun than my Antonia, which is a wonderful book and Owl on every post is also worth listening too.
So grab you wife and children and enjoy another segment of Laura Ingles Wilder.

The family does have some very good times together and the pony raceing is very fun.

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  • Gillian
  • Austin, TX, United States
  • 02-10-17

Life On A Different Kind Of Prairie!

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 bills. 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!

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awesome story great narrator music throughout it l

this was great. I loved that the narrator had a pleasant voice and could change her characters. The fiddle music that played often woke the story up. the narrator and the music made the story fantastic. thank you

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Cherry Jones brings the Ingalls family to life.

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. #Historical#Fiction#Classic#Tagsgiving#Sweepstakes

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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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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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Wonderful !

Laura ingalls wilder’s stories are as much fun to re-read as adults as there were when I was little. This was well read, very enjoyable and well worth the price.

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I am very excited to listen to these books with my 2 girls. They love learning about how people used to live.

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the kind of book you can listen to over and over.

when I was younger our teachers read the Laura Ingalls Wilder stories to us in class. This just brings back lots of good memories.

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Little house books are the best

I love little house books and I really love this book. I think that Cheery Jones is the best voice for all the little house books.