Wednesday, 11 September 2013

LITTLE TOWN ON THE PRAIRIE – Laura Ingalls Wilder, 1941

This volume of Laura’s semi-fictionalised reminiscences is set around 1881-2.
This is where Laura grows up. She is fourteen when the book begins and the long winter is finally over.  There is the usual disappointment following on the heels of a golden opportunity when the blackbirds destroy the corn crop. She takes a job sewing shirts in town in order to help with the money needed to send Mary to a college for the blind. Then, at school, Laura is reunited with Nellie Oleson who causes her trouble again. By the end of the book she is ready to become a teacher and is being courted by Almanzo Wilder.

I love these books. The narrative is still so fresh, so real.

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