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These Happy Golden Years

Wilder, Laura Ingalls

(Book - 1981)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
These Happy Golden Years
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Laura has her first experiences as a teacher, and is courted by Almanzo Wilder.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c1981
ISBN: 9780064400084
0064400085
9780060264819
0060264810
9780060264802
0060264802
Branch Call Number: j WILDER
Characteristics: 289 p. :,ill. ;,21 cm
Additional Contributors: Williams, Garth Illustrator

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In the eighth "Little House" book, fifteen-year-old Laura Ingalls becomes a teacher at a Dakota Territory frontier school, becomes engaged, then married to Almanzo Wilder, and moves with him to a house of their own.


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golden years are passing by, these happy golden years

Jul 24, 2012
  • Roxannajayc rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Kitty felt her responsibility. She thought that she should hunt for them as well as for her own kittens. She brought in more gophers than all of them could eat, and every day she piled the extra ones by the house door for Ma.

"I declare," Ma said, "I was never so embarrassed by a cat's generosity."

Jun 16, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“It is a good idea sometimes to think of the importance and dignity of our every-day duties. It keeps them from being so tiresome; besides, others are apt take us at our own valuation. ”

Jun 16, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“Remember well, and bear in mind, a constant friend is hard to find.”

Jun 16, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“As you read my stories of long ago I hope you will remember that things truly worthwhile and that will give you happiness are the same now as they were then. It is not the things you have that make you happy. It is love and kindness and helping each other and just plain being good. ”

Jun 16, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“Laura felt a warmth inside her. It was very small, but it was strong. It was steady, like a tiny light in the dark, and it burned very low but no winds would make it flicker because it would not give up.”

Jun 16, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“The only stupid thing about words is the spelling of them.”

Jun 16, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.”

Jun 16, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“Home is the nicest word there is.”

Jun 16, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“There's no great loss without some small gain.”

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Dec 27, 2013
  • julia_sedai rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I seriously cried reading this book - happiness and sadness at the same time. The love story is so adorable and I love how patient Almanzo is. He listens to her and is such a gentleman. She grows to love him and she also grows up. She realizes she's going to have to move away from her parents' house someday forever. It really hit home for me because I got married and had the same feelings as her. The songs were all really beautiful.

Oct 18, 2013
  • indi rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

It is so nice to read how much Laura learns and appreciates fully just how exceptional her home life is; how very happy it is in stark comparison to her life when she goes off on her own for the first time, to teach and is boarded in a home with a woman who is mentally unstable and threatens her husband with a knife through the night.

I think until this point in her life, she had rather taken it for granted as she had been unknowingly sheltered from the harsher realities of the world.

It is nice to read of the unfolding (albeit slow) love between her and Almanzo - I do think her shyness shows through in just how little she shares.

It's funny that in this book series she indicates Almanzo is a boy and lied to get his land claim but in fact, he was a full ten years older than Laura and was more her father's friend than her own - which also explains her surprise at him wanting to court her.

I guess she was ashamed of their age gap at at the time she wrote the books. I've seen pictures of them as an old couple and it is really endearing to see such enduring love - they were really meant for each other and lived through a lot together.

I love all of her books and read them over and over but the inaccuracy around Almanzo's age indicates to me there were some things she chose to not write about 100% accurately.

Jul 24, 2012
  • Roxannajayc rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A beautiful story of love and life :]

Jun 16, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

i enjoyed it and loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oct 18, 2011
  • 11booker rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I absolutely love these books. My favorite in the little house series.

May 03, 2011
  • horses213 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I love these happy golden years. I think every girl should read these books

May 17, 2010
  • lisahiggs rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Two very scary things that never get explained to her happen to Laura in this book. At the beginning of the book, while teaching school, Laura boards with a depressed woman who tries to commit suicide with a butcher knife in the middle of the night. At the end of the book, Laura has her wedding night with Almanzo Wilder.

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Jul 09, 2014
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Apr 26, 2014
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Oct 18, 2011
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Jul 09, 2011
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Jun 16, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

As the story begins, Pa is taking Laura 12 miles from home in the dead of winter to her first teaching assignment at Brewster settlement. Laura, only 15 and a schoolgirl herself, is apprehensive as this is both the first time she has left home and the first school she has taught. She is determined to complete her assignment and earn $40 to help her sister Mary, who is attending Vinton College for the Blind in Iowa.
This first school proves difficult for her. Laura must board with the Brewsters in their two-room claim shanty, sleeping on a narrow sofa behind a curtain in their bedroom. The Brewsters are an unhappy family and Laura is deeply uncomfortable observing the way husband and wife quarrel. In one particularly unsettling incident, she wakes in the night to see Mrs. Brewster standing over her husband with a knife. Mrs. Brewster seems to resent Laura particularly, and is rarely pleasant to her.

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