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These Happy Golden Years Audiobook

These Happy Golden Years: Little House, Book 8

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Fifteen-year-old Laura lives apart from her family for the first time, teaching school in a claim shanty 12 miles from home. She is very homesick but keeps at it so that she can help pay for her sister Mary's tuition at the college for the blind. During school vacations Laura has fun with her singing lessons, going on sleigh rides, and, best of all, helping Almanzo Wilder drive his new buggy. Friendship soon turns to love for Laura and Almanzo in the romantic conclusion of this Little House book.

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

©1943, 1971 Little House Heritage Trust (P)2006, 2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Gretchen SLP Sacramento, California 05-03-17
    Gretchen SLP Sacramento, California 05-03-17 Member Since 2014

    I listen to something educational on my way to work to wake myself up, and listen to a page-turner on my way home to stay alert on the road!

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    "Life, Liberty, & the Pursuit of Pretty Horses🐴"

    This series may be libertarian propaganda, but by [monotheistic, white, ethnocentric Christian] god, it's good stuff, and if you were raised on it (or raised yourself on it, as some of us children of latter-day swinging hippies did), it's pure auditory comfort food. Highlights of this, the last truly finished and polished volume in the series, include Laura's first away-from-home job teaching school, the Ingalls family beginning to prosper, the return (and near victory) of evil little Nellie Olson, the tornado, sleighing parties, lots and lots of pretty and high-spirited horses (I was never one of those horsey girls, but even I find these entrancing), and Laura's shock as she looks in the mirror one day and sees a grown woman. It's also in this volume that Laura's ambivalence about marriage is displayed, both in her reply to Almanzo's proposal ("it would depend on the ring") and her curious answer when Ma accuses her of agreeing to marry Almanzo for his horses ("I guess I couldn't have one without the other").

    The fiddle music 🎶 and singing are unexpected bonuses in this series. Cherry Jones is a GREAT narrator of the material, even though her singing is not always on key (the singing school chapter alone has sections that would make a dog howl). Grade: A big sentimental hand-sewn A.

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    Ms Winston East Coast U.S.A. 02-20-17
    Ms Winston East Coast U.S.A. 02-20-17 Member Since 2016
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    "I Loved It So Much I Listened Again"

    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 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!

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