on 1 January 2003
Fans of Laura will know there is a gap between PLum Creek and Silver Lake that she did not write about. At last someone has had the courage to write a book to fill in the gaps. This book tells how the family left Walnut Grove to go back east to Burr Oak, and about the little baby brother that Laura never wrote about in her books. Obviously the style of writing could never match Laura's so if you read the books chronologically it does seem a bit out of place because of this, but it's still well written and handles the difficult subjects sensitvely as Laura did. I just hope this author will write another book to complete the gap and tell how Mary became blind as it would be a shame to leave this small part of the story untold. Definitely worth a read!
on 14 July 2013
I read this book towards the end of last year. I read it through once and realized several things.
The author has done a good job of trying to write it in the voice of laura ingalls wilder but
there are inconsistencies with this. These are -
The language used sounds too modern.
The type of dialogue pa and ma speak in is not how they are portrayed as speaking in
the other little house books.
There are other discrepancies...areas of it are missing such as the tunes pa plays on his
fiddle, or the description of the weather, or what they actually would have eaten.
It is a good book but it is very brief. The characters, including laura, Mary sometimes, and
carrie do not sound like the same laura, mary and carrie of the little house books.
When you read the little house books, you are introduced into laura's world as she remembered it.
You are told of how her home looked, what they ate, the tunes pa played on his fiddle, what the
weather was like etc. The way laura ingalls wilder actually wrote the books was in a more memorable style - so that you will remember each book even after 30 years.
The book, the old town in the green groves, only covers a couple of years of laura's life - it
does not include the time up until Mary goes blind, for instance. The book is brief but there is nothing about it that you are likely to remember several months later. Otherwise a good book.