The First Four Years (Little House Series: Classic Stories #9)

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Laura Ingalls Wilder is beginning life with her new husband, Almanzo, in their own little house. Laura is a young pioneer wife now, and must work hard with Almanzo, farming the land around their home on the South Dakota prairie. Soon their baby daughter, Rose, is born, and the young family must face the hardships and triumphs encountered by so many American pioneers.

And so Laura Ingalls Wilder's adventure as a little pioneer girl ends, and her new life as a pioneer wife and ...

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Overview

Laura Ingalls Wilder is beginning life with her new husband, Almanzo, in their own little house. Laura is a young pioneer wife now, and must work hard with Almanzo, farming the land around their home on the South Dakota prairie. Soon their baby daughter, Rose, is born, and the young family must face the hardships and triumphs encountered by so many American pioneers.

And so Laura Ingalls Wilder's adventure as a little pioneer girl ends, and her new life as a pioneer wife and mother begins. The nine Little House books have been cherished by generations of readers as both a unique glimpse into America's frontier past and a heartwarming, unforgettable story.

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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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sonya Goldman
Many parents and teachers are well acquainted with Laura, the high-spirited pioneer girl who moved by covered wagon with her family from a "Little House in the Big Woods" of Wisconsin to Oklahoma, Kansas, Minnesota, and finally the Dakota Territory in the late 1800's. Laura Ingalls wrote the original eight "Little House" books, as they are often called, for children. After her death, a manuscript she had written was found and published under the title The First Four Years. Today, it appears to be just another in the yellow-covered, paperback series from Harper. But The First Four Years is different. It is a very adult book. Mrs. Wilder did not have the opportunity to balance the bad with the good in the recounting of her early married life. From her doubts about farming and her husband's handling of their finances to the overwhelming tragedies of death, fire, ruined crops, and lurking Indians, there is little relief. Her courage and positive outlook struggle to be heard in this final book, but many of the consolations she had in her earlier stories don't appear. Pa never plays the fiddle, her sisters never visit, she doesn't sing or flirt or get the best of a bully. The First Four Years is an excellent book and well worth the read, but parents should be mindful of its more serious nature when selecting literature for younger children.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780064400312
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/28/2008
  • Series: Little House Series, #9
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 616,598
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 1030L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Ingalls Wilder

Laura Ingalls Wilder was born in 1867 in the log cabin described in Little House in the Big Woods. She and her family traveled by covered wagon across the Midwest. Later, Laura and her husband, Almanzo Wilder, made their own covered-wagon trip with their daughter, Rose, to Mansfield, Missouri. There, believing in the importance of knowing where you began in order to appreciate how far you've come, Laura wrote about her childhood growing up on the American frontier. For millions of readers Laura lives on forever as the little pioneer girl in the beloved Little House books.

Garth Williams's classic illustrations for the Little House books caused Laura to remark that she "and her folks live again in these pictures." Garth Williams also illustrated Charlotte's Web, Stuart Little, and almost one hundred other books.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Mrs. A.J. Wilder
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 7, 1867
    2. Place of Birth:
      Pepin, Wisconsin
    1. Date of Death:
      February 10, 1957
    2. Place of Death:
      Mansfield, Missouri

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  • Posted October 12, 2014

    I believe that book #9 of the Little House series is actually my

    I believe that book #9 of the Little House series is actually my favorite. It's the last one, and it shows how Laura and Almanzo "get together". Such a sweet story! I so enjoyed learning about the first years of their marriage, and how they barely scraped by, yet loved each other through it all. I wish the Little House series didn't have to end here! After finishing "The First Four Years" I found myself now desiring to find out more about Laura's life beyond what she penned in her books. I hope to locate some biographies and do some historical research on this someday.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2010

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    THE BEST BOOK EVER!!

    The first four years is about Laura Ingals a 19 girl who got married to Almazo Wilder. They had a child named Rose Wilder. Laura and Almanzo get very sick. Almanzo gets so sick that he was paralized for a little while. then on top of that their house burned down. If you want to finish the book you have to read it yourself. I recomend this book. I recomend this book because it is funny in some parts. And it is sad in some parts.

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  • Posted May 2, 2009

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    Nice Series!

    I bought this book for myself since I love the Little House series. It was a fun book to read. I knew it would be an easy read for me, but nice to wind down my day with!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2005

    Very disappointing

    I read all the other books in the Little House on the Prairie books and enjoyed them very much. But I was very disappointed with the last one. I don't recommend reading and expecting the same as the other eight. Yes, her life was very different as a married lady, but it left me unfulfilled and upset. If you do read it, don't expect the greatest of her other eight.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2004

    good

    well i can say i did not enjoy this book as much as the last. but it was a fairly good book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2004

    I like long books.

    I like long books like the other books Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote like, On the Banks of Plum Creek, etc. But I have to say this is a fairly good book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2001

    Little House Books are the best books!

    This story shows the hard times of living on the prarie.Laura Ingalls Wilder is the best children's author that I have ever read.She tells of her life with such grace. Her former books were out of this world but for some reason this book flew by to fast.It starts out with her marriage to Almonzo Wilder and moves on to tell about her new daughter Rose and all the hardships that occured the first four years being married. If you haven't read the Little House books I encourage you to read them.Reading these books will stay with you forever.

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