"The First Four Years" by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Laura Ingalls Wilder is beginning life with her new husband, Almanzo, in their own little house. Laura is a young pioneer wife now, and must work hard with Almanzo, farming the land around their home on the South Dakota prairie. Soon their baby daughter, Rose, is born, and the young family must face the hardships and triumphs encountered by so many American pioneers.
And so Laura Ingalls Wilder's adventure as a little pioneer girl ends, and her new life as a pioneer wife and mother begins. The nine Little House books have been cherished by generations of readers as both a unique glimpse into America's frontier past and a heartwarming, unforgettable story.
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (May 11, 2004)
MY THOUGHTS: I must admit that I haven't read any of this series of books. But Little house on the Prairie was one of my favorite t.v. shows. While I was reading this book I kept thinking of Laura from the t.v. show. Her face would pop right into my mind. There is an introduction at the beginning of the book that tells how this book came to press. This book takes you through the first four years of Laura and Almanzo's marriage. Almanzo has talked Laura into staying on their land claim for 4 years to see if they can make it as farmers, although Laura is against it, she agrees to stay. They have the worst four years of crops. Snow, hail, not enough rain and constant winds. Their daughter Rose is also born during this time. As well as the loss of their son. I really enjoyed reading this book. Now I have to read the whole series.
MY RATING: 8-12