The First Four Years Book Summary and Study Guide

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As the story begins Laura Ingalls has just married Manly Wilder. Both of them are on cloud nine as they prepare to settle into married life and their small homestead on the prairie. Although Manly is set on being a farmer Laura advises him against it, saying that she fears poverty and being taken advantage of by the store owners. Manly makes a deal with Laura - he will farm for three years, at which time Laura will decided if farming is going well for the family. If not, Manly will choose another profession. Although both Laura and Manly see all the wonderful aspects of the prairie, neither of them is prepared for the hard times that will strike during their first year together as a married couple. Together they will face destroyed crops, illness, cash flow problems and the ravages of fire. As they welcome a baby daughter into the world both Laura and Manly wonder if their family will be able to survive the unpredictability of prairie life.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1600-1899 Life of a profession:    -   farmer Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Age 11-14 Job/Profession/Status story    -   Yes Exploring into the wild    -   Yes kind of story    -   colonizing/settling in new area

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   teacher Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   8 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest Prairie?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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