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The First Four Years

Wilder, Laura Ingalls (Book - 1999 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The First Four Years
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During their first four years of marriage, Laura and Almanzo Wilder have a child and fight a losing battle in their attempts to succeed at farming on the South Dakota prairie.
Authors: Wilder, Laura Ingalls, 1867-1957
Title: The first four years
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c1999
Characteristics: xviii, 134 p. :,ill. ;,21 cm
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Statement of Responsibility: by Laura Ingalls Wilder ; illustrated by Garth Williams
Summary: During their first four years of marriage, Laura and Almanzo Wilder have a child and fight a losing battle in their attempts to succeed at farming on the South Dakota prairie.
Additional Contributors: Williams, Garth
ISBN: 0060264276
9780060264277
0060264268
9780060264260
Branch Call Number: j WILDER
Subject Headings: Wilder, Laura Ingalls, 1867-1957 Juvenile fiction Wilder, Almanzo Juvenile fiction Frontier and pioneer life South Dakota Juvenile fiction Families South Dakota Juvenile fiction South Dakota Juvenile fiction
Topical Term: Frontier and pioneer life
Families
LCCN: 76135774
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This is the ninth and last book in the series. During their first four years of marriage, Laura and Almanzo Wilder have a child and fight a losing battle in their attempts to succeed at farming on the South Dakota prairie.


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Jan 09, 2014
  • julia_sedai rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

It amazes me how hard people worked back then. They went through struggle after struggle and never backed down. This book shows that and is so interesting. A must-read for anyone who read the books written by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Oct 18, 2013
  • indi rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

It is easy to tell that this book was not written fully by Laura Ingalls Wilder as it differs so vastly from her style of writing. I have read her daughter, Rose Wilder (who was a famous author in her own right) had a large hand in the writing of this story. I was disappointed by this book. After reading the series, I was very much looking forward to hearing of their new life together but this was only a faded version.

May 24, 2013
  • 7Liberty7 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book is definitely the biggest eye-opener to the troubles and struggles of late 1800 farmers than any of the other Little House books. There were quite a few sad and discouraging parts in it, but Laura and Almanzo always kept on hoping
for the next year to be better. I really
love their determination. A very good book.

Jul 25, 2012
  • Roxannajayc rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

The saddest of the little house series. It really shows the difficulty that the pioneers faced as they fought mother nature and the taxes to try to thrive and prosper.

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

i luved it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

May 22, 2010
  • lisahiggs rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

By writing this penultimate volume of the Little House books, Laura tells us about the early pitfalls in her marriage to Almanzo Wilder – and quietly says “I told you so”. Laura relays to us that the Wilders’ financial failure in the first four years of their marriage was mostly due to Almanzo’s overspending – something noticed by Laura but not discussed with him. Passive aggressive much?

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Feb 18, 2013
  • blue_ant_993 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

blue_ant_993 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 12

Jul 25, 2012
  • Roxannajayc rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Roxannajayc thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

Jul 09, 2011
  • Brown_Dog_70 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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Jul 25, 2012
  • Roxannajayc rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

The First Four Years derives its title from a promise Laura made to Almanzo when they became engaged. Laura did not want to be a farmer's wife, but consented to try farming for three years.
Laura and Almanzo (who Laura refers to as Manly) begin married life on his tree claim in the snug house Manly built. Laura keeps house and Manly tends the land and the stock, and they go on frequent pony rides together. At the end of the first year, just as the wheat is ready to harvest, a freak hailstorm destroys the entire crop, which would have brought them three thousand dollars and paid off their debts on farm equipment and the building of the house.

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

Laura and Almanzo (who Laura refers to as Manly) begin married life on his tree claim in the snug house Manly built. Laura keeps house and Manly tends the land and the stock, and they go on frequent pony rides together. At the end of the first year, just as the wheat is ready to harvest, a freak hailstorm destroys the entire crop, which would have brought them three thousand dollars and paid off their debts on farm equipment and the building of the house.
Faced with mounting debt, Manly decides to mortgage the homestead claim. He and Laura will have to live on it as a condition of the mortgage, so they rent out the house on the tree claim and Manly builds a small home on the homestead claim. Their daughter Rose is born there in December. At the end of the second year, they share the harvest of the wheat crop with the tree claim's renter, and make enough money to pay some of their smaller debts.

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Jul 25, 2012
  • Roxannajayc rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Fire and loss.

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May 24, 2013
  • 7Liberty7 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"The rich man gets his ice in the summer and the poor man gets his in the winter."

Jul 25, 2012
  • Roxannajayc rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Peter was on foot, leading his pony and carrying three lambs in his arms. He and the dog were working the sheep toward their yard. The sheep could hardly go against the wind but they had to face it to get home. They had not been sheared and their fleeces were long and heavy. The poor sheep with their small bodies and little feet carrying such a load of fluffy wool caught too much wind. If a sheep turned ever so little sideways, the wind would catch under the wool, lift the sheep from its feet and roll it over and over, sometimes five or six times before it could stop.

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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