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On the Banks of Plum Creek

Wilder, Laura Ingalls

(Book - 1994?)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
On the Banks of Plum Creek
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Laura and her family move to Minnesota where they live in a dugout until a new house is built and face misfortunes caused by flood, blizzard, and grasshoppers.

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Publisher: New York : HarperCollins Publishers, [1994?], c1953
Edition: Rev. ed
ISBN: 0060264705
9780060264703
0060264713
9780060264710
Branch Call Number: j WILDER
Characteristics: 339 p. :,ill. ;,21 cm
Additional Contributors: Williams, Garth Illustrator

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In the fourth book in the series, Laura and her family move to Minnesota where they live in a dugout until a new house is built and face misfortunes caused by flood, blizzard, and grasshoppers.


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Jun 15, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

While the book makes the dugout seem idyllic, we learned when examining the dugout replica at the museum that it was tiny, dark, leaked water and I can only imagine was full of bugs. Dugouts were meant to be temporary housing and not built to last. No wonder Pa decided to build the house before the first wheat crop. No wonder Laura went on and on about china doorknobs and “boughten” doors on hinges and glass windows.

Jun 15, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

The dugout site is marked with a massive sign which only serves to dwarf the small depression in the top of the creek bank that is the dugout ruins.

Jun 15, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

After entering the property, you drive back on a gravel road a little ways to the creek. There is a circular area to park your vehicle and the site is well marked and has a number of informational plaques. The closest landmark is the big rock which is disappointing since they aren’t really sure if it is THE big rock described in On the Banks of Plum Creek in addition to it being mostly buried under thick layer of dirt and, when we visited, completely submerged in the creek.

Jun 15, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

If you can read the sign you can see it’s reported to be location of the dugout ruins, spring, big rock, tablelands and plum thicket. I was most excited to see the dugout ruins though I was also really curious about the tablelands and the big rock.

Jun 15, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

After spending an hour or so going through the Walnut Grove Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum, we got directions to the dugout site which is described in On the Banks of Plum Creek. It’s located less than 2 miles north of town on a piece of private property that the family has opened up to tourist for a nominal fee paid on the honor system. The story goes that the family purchased the land in the late 1940s and, when improving the property, took down an old dilapidated building that may have been the house that Pa built with lumber he got on credit. Not long after that Little House illustrator Garth Williams came through in search of the Ingall’s house and old dugout site. (See The Walnut Grove Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder for more detailed information.)

May 17, 2010
  • lisahiggs rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Then Ma told them something else about Santa Claus. He was everywhere, and besides that, he was all the time. Whenever anyone was unselfish, that was Santa Claus. Christmas Eve was the time when everyone was unselfish. On that one night, Santa Claus was everywhere, because everybody, all together, stopped being selfish and wanted other people to be happy. And in the morning you saw what that had done.

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Jul 22, 2014
  • violet_elephant_757 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

this book is really good

Apr 15, 2013
  • natalie_f rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I love these stories! Truly a timeless classic. A great read for the younger audience :)

this was my fav of the little house books I do not know why it just is! please read these books!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jun 15, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

i loved it!!!!!!!!!!!

May 17, 2010
  • lisahiggs rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Nothing goes right for the Ingalls at their new settlement in Minnesota. Their crops fail, they end up in debt because even though they don’t want to be beholden to anyone for the cost of a slate pencil they for some reason buy the materials to build a new house on credit, and the girls can’t go to school – their whole reason for returning to the East – because they can’t afford shoes. Still, with hard work and routine and observing the Sabbath, life goes on happily for several years beside Plum Creek.

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Apr 07, 2014
  • Brown_Dog_70 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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Dec 18, 2012
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Jun 15, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Having left their little house on the Kansas prairie, the Ingalls family travels by covered wagon to Minnesota and settles in a dugout on the banks of Plum Creek. Pa trades his horses Pet and Patty to the property owner (a man named Hanson, who wants to go west) for the land and crops. He later gets two new horses as Christmas presents for the family, which Laura and her sister Mary name "Sam" and "David". Pa soon builds a new, above-ground, wooden house for the family, trusting that their first crop of wheat will pay for the lumber and materials.

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