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The adventures of Laura Ingalls and her family continue as Pa, Ma, Laura, Mary, Carrie, and little Grace bravely face the hard winter of 1880-81 in their little house in the Dakota Territory. Blizzards cover the little town with snow, cutting off all supplies from the outside. Soon there is almost no food left, so young Almanzo Wilder and a friend make a dangerous trip across the prairie to find some wheat. Finally a joyous Christmas is celebrated in a very unusual way in this most exciting of all the Little House books.

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts.

©1940, 1968 Little House Heritage Trust (P)2005, 2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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"Be Grateful For What You Have"

"Be Grateful... For what you have", my 7 yr. old daughter summed up after listening to The Long Winter.

The resourcefulness of the families, the town, and the selfless risk Almanzo and Cap took to find, then bring wheat to the starving town was astounding. Even after so much adversity through the long winter, Laura's family and the town were determined to beat the winter and starvation- and they survived. To God be praised!

As a family, we are renewed to choose to be grateful and humbled by the provision and bounty of food, clean water, and many things we have in abundance in our country. We thank God for His faithfulness throughout all generations and seasons of life, weather, and more.

We are grateful for the life lessons this author has taught us throughout the Little House Series. Blessings to all!

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

Faith And Love In Hard Times--

The muskrats know; they've built their walls extra thick. The birds know; they're flying high in the sky, in a hurry to get south. And Pa has a bad feeling.
"The Long Winter" chronicles a once-in-twenty-one years winter where blizzards blow for seven months. Laura and her family move to the town for the winter and there they realize they've been living in times that are far too progressive: As time crunches on, how will they get heat? After all, there never used to be fancy coal stoves. How will they have light? There never used to be new-fangled kerosene. It's all running out and the family has to fight to survive. Each three day blizzard has Laura hearing the War Cries from Indian Territory in its terrible raging howl.
But the Ingalls family is nothing if not determined, imaginative, headstrong, and creative. Ma and Pa will find a way, and Laura will do anything to help her beloved Pa out. From trampling hay, to twisting it.
There is music, and when Pa's hands get too chapped and swollen to play the fiddle, there is always singing.
You'll be on the edge of your seat with this breathtaking installment of the "Little House" series, rooting for the underdog, hoping against hope.
And you'll never take food, shelter, love for granted again...!

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Beautifully Done!

I first read The Long Winter as a child, about 45 years ago, and it became my favorite of all the Laura Ingalls Wilder books. I still read my Little House books (OK, go ahead and laugh) as an escape from the stress and crazy goings-on in our modern world. I am so glad I decided to try this audio version. Ms. Cherry Jones gives a marvelous performance, and any fans of the Little House series will be sure to enjoy listening. Truly wonderful!

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Another well read book by Cherry Jones

Cherry Jones is a narrator who is able to do a variety of voices including children and men of all ages!. This would make an excellent gift for any fan of Laura Ingalls Wilder.

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great book and narrator!

I have always loved this story, but Cherry Jones does an amazing job performing it, just as she does the other little house stories I have purchased on audio!!

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Truly a classic

We all hear about the hardships of life on the frontier, but these books make the experience so relateable.

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I Loved It!!

It showed how real the struggles were and what the ingals family faced. Very indepth on details.

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Read Before This Winter Is Over!

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-read 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+

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Perfect.

We all know that the story is great but Cherry Jones does a wonderful job narrating


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Stunning story and, it's all true...

In the Northern Prairie the winter of 1880-81 was long and hard. Those living in the little towns far from supplies were cut off when the train tracks could not be cleared, so heavy and frequent were the snows. The Ingalls family were hard pressed to find enough to eat and enough fuel to burn for warmth. Were it not for the heroism of two young men who risked their lives to find food for the town, many would have starved. Literally. Astonishing story of courage and endurance.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-31-17

Amazing real life adventure

We (mum = read these books as a child, girl aged 9 and boy aged 7) LOVED this audible book. Lots of great questions and a realisation of different times for children.
Well read and performed.