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The Long Winter (Little House) Hardcover – Jun 1953

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  • Hardcover: 334 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Newly Illustrated, Uniform Ed edition (Jun. 1953)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060264608
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060264604
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.9 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 744,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Perhaps the most impressive of these vivid and memorable narratives." Times Literary Supplement --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The Ingalls family moves into the town of DeSmet to weather the dangerous winter ahead. As the snow mounts, Laura and her family must ration their food and coal as they wait in vain for a train to arrive with supplies. Almanzo Wilder and his brother realize that if something isn’t done soon, everyone will starve. They begin an impossible journey across the frozen prairie in search of provisions, before it’s too late.

Based on the real adventures of Laura Ingalls Wilder, THE LONG WINTER is the sixth book in the award-winning Little House series. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The mowing machine's whirring sounded cheerfully from the old buffalo wallow south of the claim shanty, where bluestem grass stood thick and tall and Pa was cutting it for hay. Read the first page
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jean on 17 Dec. 2000
Format: Paperback
This is the fifth book in Laura Ingalls Wilder's slightly fictionalized account of the life of pioneers in the 1860-80 period. This is an account of one of the toughest winters on record, as it was lived by a family with nothing to rely on but themselves and their neighbors. Cut off from any chance of supply, only in their first year of homesteading, they had very little in the way of food or supplies when the hard winter predicted by an ancient Native American comes to pass. There is every real chance that the tiny town on the treeless steppe of South Dakota will starve before the Hard Winter turns into spring. Only the bravery of Laura's future husband, Almanzo Wilder, and his freind Cap Garland, who go out in a break in the weather to track down a "possible" source of food, saves them from starvation. It is a truly heroic story told in a straightforward and loving fashion from the teenaged girl who survived it with her family by dent of ingenuity. One of my favorites of the series which I continue to reread as an adult on a yearly basis. Highly recommended for children 11 and up.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 April 2001
Format: Hardcover
Every chapter holds a new part, or story to this fantastic book by Laura Ingalls. You can just imagine being in the blizzard, stuck at school in the snow, wondering when the next train will come. I particuly liked the part when it was Christmas, I could just imagine what it would be like with the brilliant describing words she used. It gave a great insight into how it was in those times and how they used to live. This is a great book for anyone who likes an easy read and a great book you can't put down
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By sp on 25 Aug. 2008
Format: Paperback
These books were mainly written for a young audience. I'm a hugh Little House fan, both books and the TV series and, as a more "mature" person, I come back to the books again and again. The Long Winter chronicles the harsh cold winter when Laura was a young girl living in De Smet with her family. They endure such hardship and it is described so brilliantly by Wilder you actually can smell the snow!

It acutally makes you wish your family were as loving and close as the Ingalls family. They never seem to have a cross word. Perhaps Laura was seeing this through rose tinted glasses.

However, The Long Winter should be recommended reading for all youngsters. It would give them a taste of what life was like for playstations and DVDs.

To say that you thoroughly enjoyed a story about a town's struggle to keep alive seems a bit odd, but the way it is written you can't do anything else. It's one you will enjoy and pass on to your own children. Highly recommended. In fact, it makes you wish that the TV show had followed the books a bit more closely.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By T J Lockyer on 30 April 2003
Format: Paperback
Was entralled from the beginning by this children's book, and I am 31! I have read the other 4 early years books and this is my favourite. Although the book is about a tough period in the idyllic series , it loses nothing of it's innocence and magic. And makes me hanker for a time long gone...Full of nostalgia and poignancy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. C. Bowen on 31 Jan. 2011
Format: Paperback
Each winter I treat myself to a "Little House" book to read during the freezing weather and I think this was the best yet. Laura Ingalls Wilder writes so well that somehow you are there with her and her family and all their struggles. The hardship the settlers faced during that terrible winter put my 14 inches of snow into perspective and made me feel really warm on times. Her detailed descriptions of just living with dwindling provisions for eating and heating and with no way of getting food or fuel was at times heart-wrenching. Knowing at least some of them survived, since she had written more books, didn't make it any the less compelling and I felt so sorry for her parents, like parents everywhere, trying hard to pretend that everything was going to be alright.
It will be really hard to wait for next winter to read the continuing story, but at least I know now how she met her future husband.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By maryjane claydon on 19 Mar. 2014
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I read it with my boy [11[ and girl [8] ..I tried to go slowly to make it last longer ,but it was hard!
Incredible experiences and so interesting as it is really not very long ago .To think what it is like there now and the change is amazing .
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Alexandra Smith on 28 Jun. 2013
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Yet another book by Laura Ingalls Wilder which I love. Very informative. Showed much of the Christian teaching the parents gave the family with practical caring and sacrifice through such great hardship.
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