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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Egmont (2 Nov. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405233338
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405233330
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 246,295 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Laura Ingalls Wilder Laura Ingalls Wilder was born in Wisconsin in 1867. Her family moved around, travelling from Missouri to Kansas, Minnesota and back to Wisconsin. Eventually the family settled in De Smet, Dakota Territory and Laura worked regularly as a seamstress and teacher. She stopped working when she married Almanzo Wilder in 1885. Little House in the Big Woods was first published in 1932, Little House on the Prairie in 1935, and five more books in the Little House series followed. Laura also wrote Farmer Boy about her husband’s childhood, and three more books were published posthumously. Laura was five times the recipient of the Newbery Honor Award for her distinguished contribution to American literature for children: On the Banks of Plum Creek (1938), By the Shores of Silver Lake (1940), The Long Winter (1941), Little Town on the Prairie (1942), These Happy Golden Years (1944). The books are charmingly illustrated with Garth Williams’ black and white drawings from the 1953 editions.


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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Aug. 2002
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By the Shores of Silver Lake is the fourth book by Laura Ingalls Wilder and one of the least well known, it tells the story of the Ingalls family journey from Plum Creek to Dakota Territory and what they found when they got there and how they coped. Written with the same style and flare evident with all Laura's books it is a compassionate read about daring, adventure, sickness and coping with a loss in the family so great it really does change everything forever. This book shows how Laura's desires in life switch to accommodate the loss and the needs of her family. A gentle familiar loving book from the first letter to the last syllable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ciara Bomford on 22 April 2012
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I loved this series as a child, and have enjoyed them just as much as an adult. I read most of On the Banks of Plum Creek out loud to my two sons, aged 9 and 6, all in one afternoon, we were enjoying it so much. Laura is a brilliant character, tomboyish enough to appeal to boys as well as girls, and this is one of the most exciting books in the series! This series is a fascinating insight into life for a pioneer family and the very real hardships they endured, but it's also got some really timeless childhood experiences - the excitment of christmas presents, sibling rivalry, starting school, revenge on a bully, etc.
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In Plum Creek, the Ingalls family are recovering from scarlet fever. Mary Ingalls is the most badly affected as she is now blind. Life for the family has become hard and food is scarce, so when Pa is promised a job and decides they must relocate, he moves them to South Dakota, though his wife Caroline is reluctant to leave. They settle near Silver Lake. Laura, now 12-years-old, describes how she becomes Mary's 'eyes', telling her everything she sees, and how her family learn to adapt to their new life.

In this, book 5 of the series, Laura Ingalls Wilder continues the story of the family's nomadic lifestyle as they strive to make a life for themselves by Silver Lake, telling the reader how claims to land are made, how the building of the homesteads begin, and about the family’s new friends, Mr and Mrs Boast. Almanzo Wilder, Laura’s future husband, is mentioned for the first time. The children adapt easily and find their new home an adventure, though when they enter the new town they are less impressed.

The story, aimed for children aged 8-12, is told in a simplistic style. In nearly every chapter Pa plays a tune on his fiddle (a bit wearisome for the reader), but all-in-all it's another fascinating account of early American pioneer life as told from someone who lived through it. I read the collector’s edition and the illustrations are beautiful!
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By Chloe R on 22 Nov. 2014
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I bought this CD for my 8 year old daughter. I loved the Laura Ingalls Wilder books as a teenager and thought she might also enjoy the stories. I think she would have found the books a little hard to get through at 8, but she absolutely loves the audio CD and has played it again and again. We have also bought Little House on the Prairie and On the shores of the Silver Lake in the same series. I think it's partly the stories and the characters, but also the fact that these are based on true life experiences, that makes them so enchanting. A wonderful insight into a pioneer life that is so different to the life my daughter knows. She is fascinated and loves talking about details of Laura's life with me. The American narrator has such a gentle and soothing voice - she is a pleasure to listen to.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Elmes on 17 April 2012
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I gave this, with the next book in the series, to my niece who is 7 and she loves it. So did my sons at a similar age, so buy with confidence - it is one of those "classic" books that justifies the label.
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By Clare O'Beara TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Oct. 2012
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This is my favourite of the early Laura Ingalls books.
Laura's family decides to stop traveling across the prairie and her father sells the horses, wagon and wagon cover to a man who dug out a sod cabin under the ground. They live in the side of a small hill and the creek is just outside. There is a dirt floor but no draughts.
Laura and Mary go to school in the nearby town and meet their nemesis Nellie Olseon, a spoilt pretty brat.
The prairie life is still full of hardship especially in winter, but Laura loves the creek and life around it, the beautiful flowers and grasses.

Highly recommended.
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I loved the Laura Ingalls Wilder series as a child. Her life as a child of pioneers was exciting and hard and beautifully described. My sister introduced Little House In the Big Woods to my avid-reader son (aged 7) and he enjoyed it enormously. I then introduced him to Farmer's Boy which he loved. He's now making his way through the rest of the series, much to my delight.
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By Nan Fry on 18 Nov. 2012
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So pleased I found this book. I bought several from the same buyer and was a little disappointed that although the books were very cheap the postage all added up to make the books quite expensive for second/third/fourth hand. Would have preferred the books to be more realistically priced and the postage to be combined.
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