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On the Banks of Plum Creek (Little House)

Press: HarperFestival; Unabridged edition (April 15, 2003)
Publication Date:2003-4
Author Name:Wilder, Laura Ingalls


America's Original Pioneer GirlLaura's family's first home in Minnesota is made of sod, but Pa builds a clean new house made of sawed lumber beside Plum Creek. 
The money for materials will come from their first wheat crop.
Then, just before the wheat is ready to harvest, a strange glittering cloud fills the sky, blocking out the sun.
Soon millions of grasshoppers cover the field and everything on the farm.
In a week's time, there is no wheat crop left at all.
On the Banks of Plum Creek is the fourth book in the Laura Years series.Performed by Cherry Jones.

About the Author

Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867–1957) was born in a log cabin in the Wisconsin woods. 
With her family, she pioneered throughout America’s heartland during the 1870s and 1880s, finally settling in Dakota Territory.
She married Almanzo Wilder in 1885; their only daughter, Rose, was born the following year.
The Wilders moved to Rocky Ridge Farm at Mansfield, Missouri, in 1894, where they established a permanent home.
After years of farming, Laura wrote the first of her beloved Little House books in 1932.
The nine Little House books are international classics.
Her writings live on into the twenty-first century as America’s quintessential pioneer story.

From AudioFile

At long last, these famous stories about the Ingalls family are making their way into audio. 
Narrator Cherry Jones finds the right pitch for every occasion.
She reads about Laura's many escapades with a tone of gentle amusement.
A serious, quiet tone sets the mood when grasshoppers destroy the first wheat crop, and a tone of anxiety draws out the moments when Pa is lost in a snowstorm.
The production gives a sense of the joys and dangers of life on the frontier, and it also brings to life Laura's sense of wonder, curiosity, and fun.
This is an excellent choice for families to share.
© AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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  •     This boxed set of Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House of the Prairie series of books only contains Books 1-5 [a puzzle indeed, why couldn't the publishers have made the entire series available?]. The books in this set, in order are: Little House in the Big Woods, Farmer Boy, Little House on the Prairie, On the Banks of Plum Creek, and By the Shores of Silver Lake.Though it is not the complete set, this boxed collection is worth splurging on as it is a full-color collector's edition. The illustrations by Garth Williams are beautiful and truly evoke the wonderful world written about by Laura Ingalls Wilder all those years ago. The paper is of high quality and has a glossy finish to it, the text type is large enough that it won't strain one's eyes, and is sturdy enough to be held and read over and over again.I believe the other books in the series not included in this set are also available to be purchased individually[also illustrated in full color by Garth Williams]. The missing titles are: The Long Winter, Little Town on the Prairie, These Happy Golden Years, and The First Four Years.Fans both young and old will enjoy these timeless stories of family,community, faith and challenges, and this sumptuously illustrated boxed set is sure to be a keepsake for collectors, and something that can be passed down.

  •     These books are very good quality for paperbacks. I love the colored illustrations.

  •     I love all the Little House series books!

  •     Love this set! The illustrations are so nice and the pages are heavy and durable. We will cherish these for years to come.

  •     As a thirty one year old man, I don't suppose I'm the target audience for the "Little House on the Prairie" series. But after reading this book on a whim, I have to say that I'm hooked.Laura Ingalls and her family eke out a difficult living on the plains of Minnesota during the time of pioneers and native americans. They are a tightknit family focused on doing the right thing, but their closeness and morality are severely challenged by the harshness of prairie life. They battle floods, drought, fires, blizzards, and insect infestations, all while trying to earn enough money to work toward a better life. Laura and her sister Mary have their first experiences with church and with school, and have to try to fit in as country bumpkins among more street-smart peers (most notably the obnoxious and relatively rich Nellie Oleson).I found this book to be very charming. The unrelenting goodness of the entire Ingalls family is a bit tiresome at times, but the unflagging earnestness with which it is portrayed won me over, and I soon found myself completely invested in their happiness. The fact that they are happy with so little is refreshing, especially when viewed against the backdrop of modern times. The fact that it took place so long ago, and in such a harsh setting, actually made the good-hearted characters seem more believable.But what really sells this book is the authentic portrayal of the way of life that the Ingalls' live. Living in a dugout by a creek, cutting the grass to make hay, and knitting clothes during long and dreary days; the book's colorful details make a practically-extinct lifestyle come alive. In particular, the way that the Ingalls must observe nature and learn to live within the context of it's rhythms and cycles was very interesting.I watched the television show occasionally, and am surprised that this book is the first mention of Nellie Oleson, or the titular house, or some of the other storylines that were such staples on the show. I look forward to reading the other books and learning more about the elements that were not so prominently displayed.One warning that I have is to avoid reading the back cover of the book. In six short sentences, it manages to spoil the single biggest plot twist in the book, which doesn't come until 200 pages in. Just pick it up and start reading, and you'll be happier for it.Usually when I review children's books, I struggle with how to address elements that parents may not want to expose their children to. But in this case, happily, there's no conflict. Everything is not only G-rated, but blissfully so.

  •     I fell in love with these. Blooms inI fell in love with these books in 4th grade and still love them!

  •     My 9yr old loves reading these.

  •     Present for my wife; she loved it. The only drawback is that this set is only the first five volumes.

  •     No issues

  •     Excellent early reader series for kids just getting acquainted with chapter books. Genuine American history from a child's viewpoint. These are classics. Sturdy with colorful pictures and large font. My daughter already read them twice and asked for the next four in the series. Great coming of age stories about having good character and working hard to overcome difficulty. Builds the value of education into a child. Why can't modern children's authors write with this level of quality and character? You won't be disappointed.

  •     great story and the CD works perfectly

  •     Lovely, wondrous and compelling, I found this collection a must not only as fiction, but as a peep of the past of United States.

  •     I purchased this set for my wife. It is very nice, especially with the pictures in the inside of the book. The only down side of this set is that it is not the whole Little house collection. This set contains the first 5 books and there are at least four more that follow. I tried to find the remaining books and wound up ordering the entire set (including these 5 again) by a different publisher. These five are probably nicer, but I just thought the whole set would have been better.

  •     These are the childhood classics, on super high quality sturdy paper (the kind classy textbooks use), they are durable and glossy. Also, the garth williams illustrations have been gently colored in, and are still lovely. This is an absolute keeper. And the durable paper quality makes this worth stocking up on -- it should last for at least a generation or two.

  •     This review is for the kindle edition set of the first five books in the series. These books are a great read, we already know that. I want to talk about the kindle experience of these books.I've been waiting for these to come out on kindle for awhile. The books separately are 8.99 as of now, and it's a little cheaper to buy this package of 5 books instead of doing it individually.My biggest complaint about this set is the navigation. I can easily choose which book to read from the "go to" kindle menu. But, after choosing the book you want to read, you cannot further navigate into the book by the table of contents. I also bought one of the little house books not included in this set, and this problem does not occur, I'm able to navigate to different chapters if I choose. I wish I had bought these books individually to avoid this annoyance, even if it would've been a little more expensive. If you don't care about this issue I would purchase this as I have found no issues with the content.The illustrations are all there as they are in the books, even the smaller illustrations at the beginning of each chapter.

  •     the best books for girls


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