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Laura and Nellie (Little House Chapter Book Series: The Laura Years #5)
     

Laura and Nellie (Little House Chapter Book Series: The Laura Years #5)

by Laura Ingalls Wilder, Renee Graef (Illustrator)
 

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When Nellie Olsen looks at Laura and Mary Ingalls, she says, "Country girls!" and wrinkles her nose. But Laura knows that being a country girl is something to be proud of!

Gentle adaptations of Laura Ingalls Wilder's original Little House books invite beginning chapter-book readers into the magical world of Little House.Gentle adaptations of Laura Ingalls

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When Nellie Olsen looks at Laura and Mary Ingalls, she says, "Country girls!" and wrinkles her nose. But Laura knows that being a country girl is something to be proud of!

Gentle adaptations of Laura Ingalls Wilder's original Little House books invite beginning chapter-book readers into the magical world of Little House.Gentle adaptations of Laura Ingalls Wilder's celebrated Little House books have been gathered together here in two new titles in our Little House Chapter Books series.

In Laura & Nellie, Laura goes to school and meets her archrival, Nellie Oleson. Nellie is mean and spiteful to Laura, but Laura knows just how to handle her.

In Farmer Boy Days, the first Little House chapter book based on Farmer Boy, Almanzo Wilder helps Father take care of the farm animals, begins to train his two new calves, and knows for certain that he wants to be a farmer forever.

With simple text, entertaining stories, and Renée Graef's beautiful black-and-white artwork, Little House Chapter Books are the perfect way to introduce beginning chapter book readers to the world of Little House.

Author Biography: Laura Ingalls Wilder was born in 1867 in the log cabin described in Little House in the Big Woods. As her classic Little House books tell us, she and her family traveled by covered wagon across the Midwest. She and her husband, Almanzo Wilder, made their own covered-wagon trip with their daughter, Rose, to Mansfield, Missouri. There Laura wrote her story in the Little House books, and lived until she was ninety years old. For millions of readers, however, she lives forever as the little pioneer girl in the beloved Little Housebooks.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780064420600
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/28/1998
Series:
Little House Series: The Laura Years , #5
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
5.14(w) x 7.54(h) x 0.23(d)
Lexile:
580L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Read an Excerpt

Chapter One

Country Girls

Laura Ingalls never forgot the first time she met Nellie Oleson. It was on Laura's first day of school, when she lived in Minnesota.

Laura and her big sister, Mary, and her sister, Carrie livedon a farm with their Ma and Pa and their bulldog, Jack. Living on a farm meant Laura was a country girl.

Laura loved being a country girl. She loved to run out of the house in the morning and see the dew sparkling on the prairie grass. She loved to wade in the creek where the minnows swam.

She loved to poke a stick at the old crab who lived in the creek and watch him come out snapping his sharp claws. She loved the good smells of hay and earth and wind.

Nellie Oleson was not a country girl. She was a town girl.

When Nellie Oleson first saw Laura, she wrinkled up her nose as though she smelled something bad. She didn't she was just being snooty.Nellie's I fatherowned a store, and Nellie thought that made her very important.

"Hmph!" sniffed Nellie Oleson, looking Laura and Mary up and down. She looked at their faded dresses and their long legs sticking out from under the hems. She looked at their braids, tied with thread.

"Country girls!" she said.

Laura didn't much like Nellie Oleson, if she did have, Pretty yellow curls even I tied with big blue ribbons. Nellie's dress store-bought. It was smooth and white, with light blue flowers all over. Nellie wore shiny black shoes, and her dress was as light and delicate as a spring day. She was pretty as a picture, except for that wrinkled-up nose.

Laura and Mary were barefoot. When the weather was warm, they always wentbarefoot.They loved the feel of the soft grass and warm dirt beneath their feet.Ma made all their clothes. She bought sturdy red calico for Laura's dresses, and sturdy blue calico for Mary's. Laura and Mary had never had a white dress like Nellie's.

But Laura and Mary were too busy that first day of school to worry much about Nellie Oleson. They had never been to school before, even though Laura was almost eight and Mary was going on nine. Until now, the places they had lived-in had been too far from any town for them to go to school.

They were excited to meet their teacher, Miss Beadle. She led them insidethe one-room schoolhouse and showed them where to sit.

Ma had given Laura and Mary a book to study from. But they did not have a slate.

"I will lend you mine," Teacher said.

"You cannot learn to write without a slate."

She lifted up the top of her desk and took out a piece of black board. That was the slate. There was a piece of chalk, too, to write on the slate with.

At noon, all the other children went home to eat.Laura and Mary's house on the farm was two and a half miles away. That was too long a walk to go home for dinner.So Laura and Mary took their dinner pail and sat in a shady spot against the in a schoolhouse.They ate their bread and butter and talked.

"I like school," Mary said.

"So do I," said Laura. "But I don't like that Nellie Oleson that called us country girls."

"We are country girls," Mary pointed out.

"Yes," Laura said proudly. "She needn't wrinkle her nose!"

Meet the Author

Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867-1957) was an American author known for the Little House on the Prairie series of children's novels based on her childhood in a settler family. The "Little House" books were adapted into a popular television series and five of the Wilder's books were Newbery Honor books: On the Banks of Plum Creek, By the Shores of Silver Lake, The Long Winter, Little Town on the Prairie , and These Happy Golden Years.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
February 7, 1867
Date of Death:
February 10, 1957
Place of Birth:
Pepin, Wisconsin
Place of Death:
Mansfield, Missouri
Website:
http://www.littlehousebooks.com

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