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.