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The Long Winter

Wilder, Laura Ingalls (Book - 1994? )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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Winter of 1880 is difficult for the Ingalls family as blizzards cover the Dakota Territory in snow. When supplies dwindle, Almanzo Wilder and a friend take a dangerous journey across the prairie to find wheat.
Authors: Wilder, Laura Ingalls, 1867-1957
Title: The long winter
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, [1994?]
Edition: Rev. ed
Characteristics: 334 p. :,ill. ;,21 cm
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Statement of Responsibility: by Laura Ingalls Wilder ; illustrated by Garth Williams
Summary: Winter of 1880 is difficult for the Ingalls family as blizzards cover the Dakota Territory in snow. When supplies dwindle, Almanzo Wilder and a friend take a dangerous journey across the prairie to find wheat.
Awards & Distinctions: Newbery Honor Book
Additional Contributors: Williams, Garth
ISBN: 0060264608
9780060264604
Branch Call Number: j WILDER
Subject Headings: Wilder, Laura Ingalls, 1867-1957 Childhood and youth Juvenile fiction Frontier and pioneer life Dakota Territory Juvenile fiction Families Dakota Territory Juvenile fiction Dakota Territory Juvenile fiction Blizzards Dakota Territory Juvenile fiction
Topical Term: Frontier and pioneer life
Families
Blizzards
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This is the sixth book in the series. After an October blizzard, Laura's family moves from the claim shanty into town for the winter, a winter that an Indian has predicted will be seven months of bad weather.


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Aug 06, 2014
  • amyjade rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Laura Ingalls Wilder's series is one of my favourite. I am currently reading them to my 5 year old daughter and she is loving them too. I highly recommend the series (The Little House on the Prairie is probably my least favourite because of all the horrible things said about indians.)

Apr 30, 2014
  • gems rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I love seeing how things were back then, and sometimes I like to imagine myself as Laura. This book has a way of capturing me in the past. :)

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

This book made me extremely anxious while reading it, even though I knew everything would turn out okay. It's amazing what people had to go through back then and I found myself very grateful for the life I have after reading it. I love all of the Little House books so much.

May 22, 2013
  • 7Liberty7 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I found the book interesting but began to wonder, in the in the middle of the blizzards, when they would end! Imagining that I was there made it even more realistic! For fun, some adventure and a change in their boring daily routines, Cap and Almanzo risked their lives to save the town, and I liked the change that followed. Overall an enjoyable read.

Aug 23, 2012
  • MrMiyagi rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Best of the lot.
Too bad Pa does not bring some of the meat he wolfs down at the Wilder's home, selfish bastard!

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

i luv this book and laura inglals wilder sooo much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nov 28, 2011
  • crankylibrarian rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

The pioneer experience as horror movie. Wilder's anything but nostalgic look back at a devastating Dakota winter cries out for the Steven King treatment. All the elements are there: creepy warnings from a wise old Indian, odd and disturbing animal behavior, nature perverted in deeply upsetting ways: the cattle suffocate when their own breath freezes them to the ground, an ordinary school day turns instantly into a struggle for survival. Even the reliably unflappable Pa becomes unhinged and screams at a wind that has become the personification of unrelenting, uncaring evil.

There's little of the Michael Landon warm fuzzies in this book. Although Wilder's story has its heroes, (notably her husband Almanzo) she makes it clear that surviving the pioneer experience depended on luck as much as skill or intelligence.

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

The dark psychology of a harsh winter is handled in this one right alongside the practical survival methods. The best of both is always routine, routine, routine.

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Mar 08, 2013
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Aug 23, 2012
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Jun 15, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

On a hot August day in 1880, at the Ingalls homestead in Dakota Territory, Laura offers to help Pa stack hay to feed their stock in the winter. As they work, Laura notices a muskrat den in the nearby Big Slough. Upon inspecting the den, Pa notes that the walls are the thickest he has ever seen, and fears the upcoming winter will be a hard one.

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“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 15, 2012
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“Remember well, and bear in mind, a constant friend is hard to find.”

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“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 15, 2012
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“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 15, 2012
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“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.”

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“Home is the nicest word there is.”

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

Jun 15, 2012
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“I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.”

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

“The real things haven't changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures; and have courage when things go wrong.”

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