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The Long Winter (Little House) [Hardcover]

Laura Ingalls Wilder
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Jun 1953 Little House
The old Indian's warning said the coming winter would be hard and long, so Laura's father moved his family from the claim to his house in town. The claim shanty wasn't strong enough to keep out blizzards, and if they were snowed up there, far from help, they might freeze or starve. The shops in town were full of supplies; and if their stocks ran out, the trains would bring more. But when winter came, the blizzards raged and screamed over the town. When Laura woke in the mornings, she heard the terrifying noise of the storm, and every nail in the planks above her head was thick with frost. There were no trains. Soon there was no oil for the lamps, no fuel for the stove. Laura's family lived on coarse brown bread, made from corn ground in the little coffee mill. They burnt hay; and Ma made a button lamp that gave a tiny light. It was May before the snow melted, and the first train got through. On it was the Ingalls' Christmas turkey, still frozen stiff. What a dinner that was!
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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: 21.1 x 14.5 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,732,133 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Harsh times, Warm Family 17 Dec 2000
By Jean
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A long winter with many stories! 12 April 2001
By A Customer
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping read 30 April 2003
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Read 25 Aug 2008
By sp
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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5.0 out of 5 stars fantasic 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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