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By The Shores of Silver Lake
Laura Ingalls Wilder remembers her childhood and tells the story of her family moving into the unsettled Dakota Territory. Here she struggles to cope with the loss of the family dog, Jack and of her sister's blindness. She helps her older sister by describing their new surroundings as well as her new home. Laura also rides a horse and with her family gets through a cold winter....
Farmer Boy
In this novel Laura Ingalls Wilder recounts the boyhood adventures of Almanzo Wilder, who later in life became her husband. It is the 1800's and Almanzo and his family are living on a prosperous farm in Malone, New York. It is winter time and the New York winters are notoriously cold. Nine year old Almanzo must endure the long, frigid one and a half mile walk to the schoolhouse with his older brother Royal and his two older sisters, Eliza Jane and Ali...
Little House In The Big Woods
It is the 1860's and the Ingalls family (Pa, Ma, Mary, Laura and baby Carrie) are living in the Wisconsin woods in a log cabin built by Pa. Laura, the main character, is a lively and precocious child. The reader sees life through Laura's eyes - the hardships, the unpredictable winter weather, wild animals roaming the woods and the familys' struggle for survival. Through it all the Ingalls have the most precious commodity: family love. Pa is a devoted...
Little House On The Prairie
In this installment of the Little House series the Ingalls family (Pa, Ma, Laura, Mary and baby Carrie) leaves their small house in the Big Woods of Wisconsin and head for Kansas. Pa has made the decision to relocate to Indian country due to overpopulation of the Big Woods. Pa wants to live where animals roam free and aren't frightened away by loud axes and shotguns. Although Ma wants to put off the move until the warm weather arrives, Pa tells his fa...

Wilder booklist

Little Town on the Prairie
This book continues the adventures of Laura Ingalls Wilder and her family. As the story begins Laura and her family have just endured a long and difficult winter in Dakota territory. Finally, after months of hardship and struggle, the weather has turned sunny and mild. Laura cannot get enough of the fantastic weather and the hearty outdoors. Laura spends her time helping Ma around the farm with chores, enjoying the outdoors and playing with her blind ...
On The Banks Of Plum Creek
It is the 1870's and seven year old Laura Ingalls and her family are making the trek from Kansas into Minnesota in a covered wagon. The family dog Jack has been trotting along with them underneath the wagon. It is a long and difficult trip. When the Ingalls family finally arrives in Minnesota they discover that they will be living in a dugout house, one whose walls are built of sod with a ceiling made of hay. Ma, Laura, Carrie and Mary are a bit dis...
The First Four Years
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 Long Winter
This book continues the adventures of Laura Ingalls Wilder and her family as they struggle through a difficult winter. Laura, Pa, Ma, her blind older sister Mary and her two younger sisters, Carrie and Grace, are living in a log cabin in Dakota territory. Laura works side by side with Pa stacking hay and helping out around the farm. Laura and Pa share a special father/daughter relationship. Pa relies heavily on Laura and calls her Half Pint. When an...
These Happy Golden Years
Mary is off at school and, as usual, money is tight for the Ingalls family. To help out, Laura leaves to teach school in a drafty shanty school house twelve miles from her home. Laura feels miserable and homesick, many of the students are taller than she and when she is not teaching she boards all week with a spiteful woman. Things aren't all bad, though. Rain or shine Almanzo Wilder arrives to take young Laura, not yet sixteen years old, home to her ...
West From Home: Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder
In 1915 Laura Ingalls Wilder, a farm wife and writer from rural Missouri had not yet penned any of her classic "Little House" books. She did however write for women's magazines at the urging of her daughter, Rose Wilder Lane, a journalist of the day in her own right. This book chronicles Laura's journey to California to visit her daughter Rose during the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco and the two months spent in California. Becaus...


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