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Publisher's Summary

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 and listeners as both a unique glimpse into America's frontier past and a heartwarming, unforgettable story.

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts.

©1971, 1999 Little House Heritage Trust (P)2006, 2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Russell Bernard
  • 2018-09-11

First Draft

This was a first draft that Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote, it is not fleshed out like her other books. It was published long after her death and is not in the same vain as her other books. I wish they had never published and left it at book eight.
The other eight books are very enjoyable and worthwhile. The narration was great and enjoyable.

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  • Kimberly Dahl
  • 2020-12-18

Simply wonderful

Listened to it 4 times over timeless classic ...great for children teaching family values for current times

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  • Lowry Family
  • 2020-07-18

Short but packed

This is such a short book, but packed with so many details. It is heartbreaking, but also shows strength, courage, and a faith in what God will do. I never really knew how strong Laura Ingalls Wilder was until going through these books. It honestly leaves me wanting to know more.

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  • M. Bojczuk
  • 2018-10-17

not my favorite of her books

In my opinion this book feels forced like her heart wasn't in it at all. The other books are so alive and a joy to read. NOT this one... although it is a still interesting read. compared to her other works though it was a disappointment.

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  • Allison Perrault
  • 2020-06-30

bittersweet

I really enjoyed listening to this sereies and was very sad to have it end. Laura and her family lived through some very hard time but always remained positive.

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  • Andrea M. Harper
  • 2021-12-15

Pretty good!

Well, the story is somewhat sad, but I love Cherry Jones' voice though. It is so soothing! Have fun listening!

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  • Gaga's, Püppi's and Tini's Mama
  • 2021-06-30

To sad for me

This story was just to sad for me
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What a hart live

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  • stephanie lewis
  • 2020-05-21

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love it soo so much I think you should read it book Is GREAT soo good

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  • Ken
  • 2017-02-28

Always good

This book is a bit darker than the other books in the series but life isn't always rainbows. This is my favorite of the series. It seems to reflect the gritty reality of Laura and Manly's tribulations.

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  • Erik Anthony Weiler
  • 2021-12-27

Whatever is good to know I need you for whatever reason I’m not going out to the house 🏡 I’m not sure 🤔 is going with it r but

Whatever you thought of this would have happened with the phone 📞 you were not allowed to text me and I thought you would let me know if it was my fault it was so bad I was going with you to go with my dad to make sure I was going with my dad to I went to get a new car and went out to the car and he went out to my car 🚙 went back and went back home.