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Little House Nine-Book Set
Little House in the Big Woods
Wolves and panthers and bears roam the deep Wisconsin woods in the late 1870's.
In those same woods, Laura lives with Pa and Ma, and her sisters, Mary and Baby
Carrie, in a snug little house built of logs. Pa hunts and traps. Ma makes her
own cheese and butter. All night long, the wind howls lonesomely, but Pa plays
the fiddle and sings, keeping the family safe and cozy.
Little House on the Prairie
Pa Ingalls decides to sell the little log house, and the family sets out for
Indian country! They travel from Wisconsin to Kansas, and there, finally, Pa
builds their little house on the prairie. Sometimes farm life is difficult, even
dangerous, but Laura and her family are kept busy and are happy with the promise
of their new life on the prairie.
While Laura Ingalls grows up in a little house on the western prairie, Almanzo
Wilder is living on a big farm in New York State. Almanzo and his brother and
sisters work at their chores from dawn to supper most days -- no matter what the
weather. There is still time for fun, though, especially with the horses, which
Almanzo loves more than anything.
On the Banks of Plum Creek
Laura'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.
By the Shores of Silver Lake
Pa Ingalls heads west to the unsettled wilderness of the Dakota Territory. When
Ma, Mary, Laura, Carrie, and baby Grace join him, they become the first settlers
in the town of De Smet. And Pa begins work on the first building in what will
soon be a brand-new town on the shores of Silver Lake.
The Long Winter
The first terrible storm comes to the barren prairie in October. Then it snows
almost without stopping until April. Snow has reached the rooftops, and no
trains can get through with food or coal. The people of De Smet are starving,
including Laura's family, who wonder how they're going to make it through this
terrible winter. It is young Almanzo Wilder who finally understands what needs
to be done. He must save the town, even if it means risking his own life.
Little Town on the Prairie
The long winter is over. With spring come socials, parties, and "Literaries."
There is also work to be done. Laura spends many hours each day sewing shirts to
help send Mary to a college for the blind. But in the evenings, Laura makes time
for a new caller, Almanzo Wilder.
These Happy Golden Years
Laura is teaching school, and it's terrifying! Most of the students are taller
than she is, and she must sleep away from home for the first time. Laura is
miserable, but the money is needed to keep Mary in a college for the blind. And
every Friday -- no matter what the weather -- Almanzo Wilder arrives to take
Laura home to her family for the weekend. Laura and Almanzo are courting, and
even though she's not yet sixteen, she knows that this is a time for new
The First Four Years
Laura and Almanzo Wilder have just been married! Their life on a small prairie
homestead begins with high hopes. But each year seems to bring unexpected
disasters -- storms, sickness, fire, and unpaid debts. These first four years
call for courage, strength, and a great deal of determination. Always, though,
there is love, especially for the newest member of the family -- baby Rose.