Review: The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Title: The Long Winter
Author: Laura Ingalls Wilder
Illustrator: Garth Williams
Publisher: Harper and Row 1968
Labels: Winter of 1880-1881, Little House on the Prairie Books
Age: 8 and above
Rating: 5 Stars
When The Long Winter begins Laura, "is going on 14". Pa reluctantly lets her help him bring in the hay. The work is hard, but Laura perseveres with a positive outlook. Working as a team, they are able to get more done. Later Pa brags about her hard work, building up her self-worth.
Pa soon notices how the birds are leaving the Dakota territory in a hurry---flying south. He also notices animals building up their homes thicker than usual. The first snow storm arrives in early October. Ma has a positive and cheerful attitude, she chooses not to focus on the possibility of an arduous winter. Pa has an unsettled feeling. After an old Indian pays a visit to town with a prophecy, Pa decides to move the family from their claim on the open prairie to a store front home.
The Long Winter is the 6th book in the series of books written by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Besides her parents, Laura's sister's are: Mary, Carrie, and Grace. Mary is blind, most of her days are spent inside. She is given small chores to do. Carrie is helpful in the house. Grace is too young to help. Laura is the child that feels compelled to help Pa on their claim on the prairie.
In The Long Winter Almanzo Wilder and his brother Royal have a big part.
The Little House books are comfort books for me. When I was a child and even in to young adult years I owned all the books and read all of them several times. I'm sad I did not keep them.
It's a tie between The Long Winter and Little Town on the Prairie as to my favorites in the series.
Reading the books as an adult gave me a different view from when I read them as a child. I notice things that I did not as a child.
- Laura's writing includes the senses of smell, vision, sound, and touch.
- She writes of her fear of the dark.
- She writes of cabin fever.
- She writes of fear of running out of food.
- And in each of these above reasons she does not tell us, she expresses it in the story. This gives deeper meaning, lasting meaning, an impression that does not leave the reader.
I'm so thankful for these precious books. What a blessing they've been in my life and I'm sure countless other reader's lives!
Next, I'll be reading By The Shores of Silver Lake.
Newbery Honor Winner 1941
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For further reading, a website Beyond Little House. This site gives further links on Laura Ingalls Wilder.
See also Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Homes, a museum in DeSmet, South Dakota.
|Laura Ingalls Wilder 1867-1957|