The Long Winter (Little House Series: Classic Stories #6)

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The adventures of Laura Ingalls and her family continue as Pa, Ma, Laura, Mary, Carrie and Little Grace bravely face the hard winter of 1880-1881 in their little house in the Dakota territory. Blizzards cover the little town in snow, cutting off all supplies. Soon they are almost out of food, so young Almanzo Wilder and a friend make a dangerous trip across the prairie to find some wheat. Finally a joyous Christmas is celebrated in a very unusual way with the most exciting of ...
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Overview

The adventures of Laura Ingalls and her family continue as Pa, Ma, Laura, Mary, Carrie and Little Grace bravely face the hard winter of 1880-1881 in their little house in the Dakota territory. Blizzards cover the little town in snow, cutting off all supplies. Soon they are almost out of food, so young Almanzo Wilder and a friend make a dangerous trip across the prairie to find some wheat. Finally a joyous Christmas is celebrated in a very unusual way with the most exciting of all the Little House books.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060264604
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/28/1953
  • Series: Little House Series , #6
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 176,537
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 790L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author

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 began his work on the pictures for the Little House books by meeting Laura Ingalls Wilder at her home in Missouri, and then he traveled to the sites of all the little houses. His charming art caused Laura to remark that she and her family "live again in these illustrations."

Biography

"I wanted the children now to understand more about the beginnings of things, to know what is behind the things they see -- what it is that made America as they know it," Laura Ingalls Wilder once said. Wilder was born in 1867, more than 60 years before she began writing her autobiographical fiction, and had witnessed the transformation of the American frontier from a barely populated patchwork of homestead lots to a bustling society of towns, trains and telephones.

Early pictures of Laura Ingalls show a young woman in a buttoned, stiff-collared dress, but there's nothing prim or quaint about the childhood she memorialized in her Little House books. Along with the expected privations of prairie life, the Ingalls family faced droughts, fires, blizzards, bears and grasshopper plagues. Although she didn't graduate from high school, Wilder had enough schooling to get a teaching license, and took her first teaching job at the age of 15.

Later, Wilder and her husband settled on a farm in the Missouri Ozarks, where Wilder began writing about farm life for newspapers and magazines. She didn't try her hand at books until 1930, when she started chronicling her childhood at the urging of her daughter Rose. Her first effort at an autobiography, Pioneer Girl, failed to find a publisher, but it spurred a second effort, a set of eight "historical novels," as Wilder called them, based on her own life.

Little House in the Big Woods (1932) was an instant hit. It was followed by a new volume every two years or so, and the series' success snowballed until thousands of fans were waiting eagerly for each new installment. "Ms. Wilder has caught the very essence of pioneer life, the satisfaction of hard work, the thrill of accomplishment, safety and comfort made possible through resourcefulness and exertion," said the New York Times review of Little House on the Prairie (1935).

In 1954, the American Library Association established the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award to honor the lifetime achievement of a children's author or illustrator; Wilder herself was the first recipient. After Wilder's death in 1957, historical societies sprang up to preserve what they could of her childhood homes, and her manuscripts and journals provided the material for several more books. A TV series based on the books, Little House on the Prairie, ran from 1974 to 1984 and renewed interest in Wilder's work and life. More recently, fictionalized biographies of her daughter, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother have appeared.

Wilder's books have now been translated into over 40 languages, and still provide an engrossing history lesson for young readers, as well as insight into the frontier values that Wilder once catalogued as "courage, self-reliance, independence, integrity and helpfulness" -- values, in her words, worth "as much today as they ever were to help us over the rough places."

Good To Know

Wilder's daughter, the writer Rose Wilder Lane, helped revise her mother's books; the collaboration was so extensive that one biographer proposed Rose was the "real" author of the Little House books. Most agree that Rose was, if not author or co-author, instrumental in suggesting the project to her mother and shaping it for publication.

After her books were published, fan mail for Wilder poured in; among more than a thousand cards and gifts she received for her birthday in 1951 was a cablegram of congratulations from General Douglas MacArthur.

Wilder, who had grown up making long journeys by covered wagon, took her first airplane ride at the age of 87, on a visit to Rose in Danbury, Connecticut.

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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 January 10, 2014

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    I remember reading this book on a hot summer day when I was 10,

    I remember reading this book on a hot summer day when I was 10, shivering in the 80-degree heat. What an evocative, finely crafted novel this is!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2012

    The book, The Long Winter, is a considerably good book with a hi

    The book, The Long Winter, is a considerably good book with a historical background. It is written by Laura Ingalls Wilder, a popular author. The book is from the well known book series, Little House on the Prairie. The Long Winter, starts of with a lovely fall day. The main character (and author) and her family don’t know what’s coming. A long, hard winter is hiding it the shadows. The family must move into the little town of De Smet, along with their animals because of freezing temperatures. Storm after storm, the Ingalls’ fight winter with twisted hay logs and blankets. Each night, with numb fingers and cold feet all the Ingalls’ trudge up the steps of their temporary house to the rescue of their warm beds, longing for spring to come.

    The Long Winter, by Laura Ingalls Wilder, is a great book for those who enjoy a
    classic to read on a Sunday afternoon. Although a bit slow at the end, this book provides an exciting story along with a look into the past. This book is great for children who want to learn more about this mid-1800’s time period or those who just want to read a good book! I would not recommend this book to those under the age of 8-9, because there is a swear used in quote as well as the fact that this book is a true story about a family barely surviving winter. I am not a huge fan of the illustration style, but that’s a matter of opinion. As a whole I would give this book four well deserved stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2009

    Wonderful Book

    I liked that the book seemed to take me back in time to the winter of 1880-1881. Reading about twenty foot snowdrifts and about temperatures being minus forty degrees made me feel cold while reading the book. People who live in warmer climates (such as Texas) will be fascinated by the blizzards and amount of snow that covers the ground in the winter. This is one of the best historical fiction books I have read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2004

    Great Edition!

    The collectors edition is very nice and the color pictures an d glossy pages make this very good book even better. This is my favorite story in the Little House series about the famous winter of 1868-69 when Laura nd her family where living in the little town of De Smet. I wonder if the blizzards really did last until late April, or was that added for drama? I knew the winter was bad, but not that bad!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2004

    This is one of the greatest books ever!!!!!!

    This is a fabulous book, and I hope that you enjoy it too!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2004

    If there were a tenth star, I would have given this book a ten.

    This book is great. You would love it too if you read it. You should read Laura Ingalls Wilder's other books too. They're great, too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2003

    heart warming tail

    this story woz amazing and i thoght it waas truly delightful 2 c how th family coped through tuff tyms it sendz out a good message which we mustn't ignore

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2003

    Outstanding book!

    The Long Winter is the best book i ever read! now if you likes books check this one out you will like it to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2002

    Exellent Book

    Its a great and interesting book that is written by Laura. It shows how the family works together during such a long, rough, and hard winter. EXELLENT BOOK!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2000

    What a great story!!!

    This is one of the greatest books yet.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2000

    Fascinating look at pioneer life

    Probably my favorite of all of the Little House books. Tells the story of true courage in the face of adversity. Almanzo and Cap are real heroes! Read all the books when I was a child and have read them to my own children, who also enjoy them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2000

    A Very Good Book!!!!!!

    This is one of the best books I've ever read! If you can read at all get this book!

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