April 25, 2010
This book by Laura Ingalls Wilder picks up where Little House in the Big Woods leaves off.
In it, Pa, Ma, Mary, Laura, and Carrie move out to the west, to Indian Territory. They live on the grassy, wide plains, somewhere near Independence, Kansas. There, prairie fires are always a looming threat as are swollen creeks and rivers that flood.
Laura describes how the Native Americans were also a constant danger to the family. Looking back though, I think the Native Americans must have thought the White settlers, who were coming to their lands in bigger and bigger numbers, were the threat.
But the sky was blue and the grass was green and fertile, so Laura and her family took the risks and were happy.
I love this book because it describes the outdoors so beautifully. I also enjoyed learning about pioneer life, though in the prairie and not the woods.
My favorite part was when Santa Claus could not get to their house, so their neighbor, Mr. Edwards, goes to town and “meets Santa”, who gives him the gifts to carry to Laura and Mary.