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By the Shores of Silver Lake

By the Shores of Silver Lake Immerse yourself in Laura Ingalls Wilder s beloved Little House series now featuring Garth Williams classic art in vibrant full color The Ingalls family has seen both joy and hardship since the end o

  • Title: By the Shores of Silver Lake
  • Author: Laura Ingalls Wilder Garth Williams
  • ISBN: 9780060581848
  • Page: 149
  • Format: Paperback
  • Immerse yourself in Laura Ingalls Wilder s beloved Little House series, now featuring Garth Williams classic art in vibrant full color The Ingalls family has seen both joy and hardship since the end of On the Banks of Plum Creek Mary has been left blind from a battle with scarlet fever, and a new sister, Grace, has been born Pa decides to move to a railroad camp in theImmerse yourself in Laura Ingalls Wilder s beloved Little House series, now featuring Garth Williams classic art in vibrant full color The Ingalls family has seen both joy and hardship since the end of On the Banks of Plum Creek Mary has been left blind from a battle with scarlet fever, and a new sister, Grace, has been born Pa decides to move to a railroad camp in the unsettled Dakota Territory to work as a bookkeeper to earn money Eventually, Laura, her sisters, and Ma travel by train to join Pa at the spot he s claimed for their new home They spend a long winter in the surveyor s house, and in the spring, Pa begins to build a store It s the first building in what will become the town of De Smet Finally, the Ingalls family s travels by covered wagon are over.The nine books in the timeless Little House series tell the story of Laura s real childhood as an American pioneer, and are cherished by readers of all generations They offer a unique glimpse into life on the American frontier and tell the heartwarming, unforgettable story of a loving family.

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    1. Laura Ingalls Wilder Garth Williams

      Ingalls wrote a series of historical fiction books for children based on her childhood growing up in a pioneer family She also wrote a regular newspaper column and kept a diary as an adult moving from South Dakota to Missouri, the latter of which has been published as a book.

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    1. Sniffs. Wipes away tear Laura knew then that she was not a little girl any more. Now she was alone; she must take care of herself. When you must do that, then you do it and you are grown up. Oh, they grow up so fast, don't they? I do wish that this series could stay with Laura as a young girl - running around and having adventures with Ma, Pa and her sisters. But, Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote this as autobiographical and so her younger-self had to grow.Gone are the isolated cabins in Wisconsin and [...]


    2. One of the things I love about this series is how the prose grows with the protagonist. Four-year-old Laura lives in a world with short sentences and simple feelings, and thirteen-year-old Laura, who has had to broaden her vocabulary to help describe things to her blind sister, inhabits a text that is intricately described and which gives a broader overview of events and situations.


    3. These books give such a view into the psyche of America back when the land was being settled. The pace is slow compared to today's literature, but there is something here. One of the best parts of the book is toward the end. The Ingalls family are living out on the prairie alone during the winter. The spring comes and droves of men begin coming through. The Ingalls have the only house so they all stay with them. The town literally is put up in two weeks. I was shocked. I can't believe how that h [...]


    4. Alright By the Shores of Silver Lake You ready, Eleanor?E: Mm-hmm.Dad: Ok. Go for it.E: Um. Well. My favorite paaaarrrrt waaaassssss. hmmmmmmm hmmm. hmmm. hmmm. Chapter 8? I thiiiink. I think, daddy. I think uh My favorite part was when they went out in the shanty, and when they got- do you want me to tell you the surprising part that I liked, or the regular part that I liked?D: Start with the regular part.E: My favorite parts were the ones with the littlest sister, Grace! (Grace was introduced [...]


    5. This was a charming book to read on Christmas Day. Last summer I started rereading the Laura Ingalls Wilder series, and this fifth one was a delight."By the Shores of Silver Lake" covers the family's move to the Dakota territory at about 1879, when Pa gets a job working for the railroad. Laura loves being out on the open prairie, and she's fascinated when she gets a chance to watch the men preparing the ground for railroad tracks. Pa explains the process for how railroads are built, and how effi [...]


    6. It was toward the beginning of this novel that I abandoned the Little House books at age eleven, and to a large degree, I blame the television series. The book opens with the news of Mary’s blindness, which was shown with typical pioneer stoicism: “She was able to sit up now, wrapped in quilts in Ma’s old hickory rocking chair. All that long time, week after week, when she could still see a little, but less every day, she had never cried. Now she could not even see the brightest light anym [...]


    7. Listened to this volume with kids, in car, over supper. And it, the whole series, is an old classic I might have been tempted to dismiss. I had three sisters and all these books were in the house and I read everything, so I knew these stories decades ago, and it is surprising to return to them and find what a good writer Wilder is. This book was written in 1939, and is meant to reflect 1880 U.S and it is a sort of fictional treatment of Ingalls's own experiences growing up, with herself as the m [...]


    8. I've always thought that this is where the series really started to grow up and mature, much like Laura herself. Sure, bad things happened in previous books, but you never really felt it, quite like you do here. I still always cry about Jack, and I always feel so sad about Mary, and about how Laura takes it upon herself to make sure Mary gets to go to college, no matter what Laura has to do.


    9. This was always my least favorite of the Little House books, so I tried to read it with a more interested and knowing eye this time, and liked it better. So impressed with how LIW is aware of both the story arc for the individual book, and for the series as a whole by this time. She introduces Almanzo here, and brings back many characters - some of them fictional - from previous books (Aunt Docia, Mr. Edwards, Reverend Alden) - doing a really good job of making this book a link from all her prev [...]


    10. This one begins so sadly, with two years since Plum Creek has ended, the family sick with Scarlet Fever, and Mary now blind. I've always wished Laura had written about those years, as Baby Grace appears during that time, and apparently a baby brother was also born and died during that time. Clearly, it was a sad and difficult time, but I find their fortitude inspiring and I wish there was more about that time. Laura us much more grown up in this one-- I feel there is a separation between Plum Cr [...]


    11. Read to Meg (11) and Kate (7). The first two chapters have sad developments, and the following chapters include almost painfully long descriptions of landscapes, machines, and household tasks. The family is isolate for most of the book. It occasionally lost the girls' attention, and I don't blame them much. Although I was a huge fan of the series as a child, I do not remember this one being a favorite. While 3 stars may be too generous, one redeeming quality is that the book captures Laura's tra [...]


    12. This isn't my favorite of the Little House books, but I still enjoyed it. Reading through as an adult, I am so amazed at the things "Ma" went through - wow. I love the view of settling the American West through the eyes of a child - they were in some really dangerous situations. Anyway, it's a great "comfort food" series for me.


    13. So Mary went blind in between books and it was just barely touched on? Weird, but okay. This book was pretty exciting in its events, as has been the trend. I can't imagine how terrifying to be entirely by yourselves on the prairie like that, especially with the men threatening Pa.


    14. This is not my favorite out of the Little House books, but still a really good story! The writing is beautiful, and the more I reread this series, the more I love it!


    15. I was surprised to find Laura more silly and even annoying at times than in books past. Her narrations were more self centered. She seemed only concerned with being outside and running around like an Indian with her bonnet down her back all the time. Yes, she had redeeming moments when she decided to become a school teacher for Ma or save money to help send Mary to a blind college back east. But mostly she just ran wild and seemed obsessed with being out west. She drove me crazy at times! But th [...]


    16. Audiobook performed by the Cherry JonesWilder wrote this series of autobiographical novels in the early 1900s, and they are classics of children’s literature. This is the fifth book in the Little House series, wherein the Ingalls family heads to the Dakota Territory. They family has suffered serious illness, and Laura’s older sister, Mary, is now blind as a result of a bout of scarlet fever. Laura is growing up; she’s twelve years old now and taking on more responsibility. But there is sti [...]


    17. What blows me away every time about all Laura Ingalls Wilder books is how she can put me right in the place of someone seeing the world change in extraordinary ways that have nothing to do with the 21st century. I am right there with Laura's fascination with the railroad and trains and crossing the continent to "settle" in the West where no one but buffalo and savages and their little papooses have lived before. The books are instructive in how the popular perception of Manifest Destiny was was [...]


    18. শুরুটা হয় একটা খারাপ খবর দিয়ে। মেরির দুই চোখ অন্ধ হয়ে গিয়েছে। কিন্তু লেখিকা যেভাবে সাবলীল ভাবে বর্ণনা করে গেলেন!!! অসাধারণ !! আরেকটা জিনিস খুব ভালো লাগল যে, আগের বই গুলোতে চার বছরের লরা যেভাবে জ [...]


    19. Perhaps my least favorite of the four I've read so far, but I still can't give it anything less than five stars. Most of the second half is wonderful! I guess, like Laura, I just didn't love the town and busy-busy aspects of their lives in this one but it was still well written.




    20. I’m rereading these for the first time since I was a child inspired by Gretchen Rubin’s comment in Happier At Home about how Laura Ingalls Wilder is so adept at describing the concept and atmosphere of “home”. She’s so right. I’m sure I totally identified with Laura and Mary as a child but rereading them as an adult, I cannot stop putting myself in Ma’s place, constantly moving and having to establish a new home from scratch. I can read between the lines as an adult and understand [...]


    21. Oh, fuck. Guys, this is the one when Jack dies. If you thought I cried when Jack gets swept away crossing the river in Little House on the Prairie, you ain't seen nothing yet. Jack's death was so painful. Such a good dog. Hope that he's up there running around, chasing rabbits. Maybe he met Buford when he arrived, like the doggie Saint Peter.


    22. Peaceful This book from the Little House series is peaceful and content. I have visited the land they set up their farm on so it is very dear to my heart! I even spent the night on their homestead!


    23. Man, oh man, again I start out feeling disappointed by Pa and Ma's life choices. Since we last left the Ingalls family, they have come down with scarlet fever and Mary is now blind. To be fair, they could have gotten sick any ol' place, but Pa, Plum Creek was clearly a bad decision for your family. Locusts, blizzards, BLINDNESS. The scary thing is, Laura's now 13, which means it's been a couple years since the last book left off. What the heck other crazy things happened that Laura doesn't want [...]


    24. LIW was a runner up for the Newbery Medal five times in a row, but never won it. Plum Creek and each subsequent book were Honor Books. The year Little House on the Prairie was published a book called Dobry won the medal and LHotP wasn't recognized at all. Isn't it funny what lasts?Little House on the Prairie is such an empty, echoing book, that Plum Creek feels like a metropolis, and Silver Lake just bursts with people. It's really only a few dozen, but the contrast always strikes me. Silver Lak [...]


    25. Laura sure is growing up, as are the other girls.Again, I polled the boys for their favorite parts. It's always interesting to see what sticks in their heads. Both of them liked the brief moment toward the end when Laura sees Almanzo for the first time, driving his team down the center street of the fledgling town of De Smet. They'd been waiting to see when their paths would cross and were gratified to know it finally happened. And they were sad that Mary had lost her sight.Josh loved the part w [...]


    26. Well. Cue all sighs and nostaligic childhood memories. I LOVE LITTLE HOUSE. I cannotnotlike a Little House book. They're just ALL GOLD. This one isn't my favourite ever, but I do love it. It's the first Little House book in which Laura is 'grown up' - and in which I start to relate to Laura. :-)Some random things I love about this book:1. The train trip.2. The clothes they wear to the train.3. The fact that they meet up with uncles and aunts and cousins. I love the Ingalls/Quiner family, and the [...]


    27. Why oh why do we skip like three years?! *sigh* This used to be my favorite Little House book, but then I read the next two. This might be my third or fourth favorite now. They're all so good! I love that Laura finds a friend in her cousin. And I love the descriptions of the prairie! It's amazing how fast it grew! And Mr. Edwards gets back! I love how he helps Pa get the claim! And the night they go sliding on the ice!!! Obviously, I love descriptions of big open spaces.I also loved hearing abou [...]


    28. Another great one in the series. The writing has matured. I absolutely felt the restlessness and wanderlust of Pa and Laura. I hadn't felt that in years. I could also see the difference in Ma and Mary- they wanted to stay put; they wanted roots.I wasn't sure I enjoyed Farmer Boy, but to be honest, it serves as a fantastic contrast to the lives of the Ingalls. And I felt a little thrill in By the Shores when I saw Almanzo's name first mentioned. The whiff of destiny, perhaps? That was fun.With ea [...]


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