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Pioneer Sisters (Little House Chapter Book Series: The Laura Years #2)

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Together, Laura, Mary, and Carrie play games, find mischief, and explore the wild as they travel and settle throughout the Midwest. Join in the fun with everyone's favorite pioneer sisters!

Laura Ingalls and her sisters share many adventures while growing up on the American frontier.

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Overview

Together, Laura, Mary, and Carrie play games, find mischief, and explore the wild as they travel and settle throughout the Midwest. Join in the fun with everyone's favorite pioneer sisters!

Laura Ingalls and her sisters share many adventures while growing up on the American frontier.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780064420464
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/28/1997
  • Series: Little House Series: The Laura Years , #2
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 122,116
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 540L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.58 (h) x 0.20 (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.

Renée Graef received her bachelor's degree in art from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She is the illustrator of numerous titles in the Little House publishing program, as well as Rodgers and Hammerstein's My Favorite Things and E.T.A Hoffman's The Nutcracker, adapted by Janet Schulman. She lives in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, with her husband and two children.

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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Chapter One

In the Big Woods

Laura had two sisters. Mary was the oldest, and Carrie was the youngest. Laura was right in the middle. They all lived with their Pa and Ma in the Big Woods of Wisconsin, in a little gray house made of logs.

All around the house, as far as Laura and Mary could see, were the trees of the Big Woods. There were no other houses, and no other children for them to play with. They played with each other and their good old bulldog, Jack.

The house was small but comfortable. Upstairs there was a big attic. Downstairs was a little bedroom and a big room to live in. There was an iron stove in the big room, and a table and chairs.

In the bedroom was a big bed for Ma and Pa. Mary and Laura slept in a little trundle bed, which was very low to the ground. Every morning Mary and Laura made their bed. Then Ma pushed it out of sight beneath her big bed.

After Mary and Laura made their bed, they wiped the breakfast dishes. Then they helped Ma with the chores. Each day had its own chore. Ma would say:

"Wash on Monday,
Iron on Tuesday,
Mend on Wednesday,
Churn on Thursday,
Clean on Friday,
Bake on Saturday,
Rest on Sunday."

Laura liked the churning day best. Churning meant making butter out cream. Ma poured cream into a tall called a churn. She put a long pole into a hole in the churn lid. The pole was called a dash.

Ma moved the dash up and down, up and down, through the hole. Sometimes she rested, and Mary got to churn for a while. Laura would have liked to help, the dash was too heavy for her. It too long, long time for the lump of butter form in the cream.

After thework was done, Laura a Mary could play. Laura liked noisy games like running and shouting a climbing trees. But Mary liked games like playing house. She was neat and prim. Laura thought it was more fun to be wild. It was hard to say what Carrie would be like, because she was just a baby.

Mary had a doll named Nettie, a real rag doll, because she was the oldest. Sometimes Mary let Laura hold Nettie, but only when Laura's doll wasn't looking.

Laura's doll was named Susan. She was really just a corncob wrapped in a handkerchief. But she was a good doll anyway. It wasn't her fault she was a corncob.

In the wintertime, when the Big Woods were filled with snow, Mary and Laura stayed inside to play with their dolls. They climbed up to the attic where all kinds of good food was stored. There were huge round pumpkins to use as chairs and tables. Bright red peppers and white onions dangled overhead. There were hams and squashes and good-smelling herbs. Everything was snug and cosy.

In spring, Mary and Laura had playhouses under the two big oak trees in front of the house. Mary had her own tree, and her playhouse was beneath it. Laura's playhouse was under Laura's tree. Each playhouse had a carpet of soft grass. Green leaves made the roofs, and through them Laura and Mary could see bits of sky.

Laura's playhouse had a swing. Pa had hung a slab of bark to a low branch of Laura's tree. That made it Laura's swing, but she had to let Mary swing in it whenever she wanted to.

Mary had a cracked saucer to play with. Laura had a beautiful cup with only one big piece broken out of it. They made little cups and saucers for their dolls out of bits of leaf. Every day the dolls got fresh leaf hats. And Pa made two wooden men to live in the playhouses with the dolls.

Sometimes when Pa came home early he would have time to play with Laura and Mary before supper. One game they loved was called mad dog. Pa would run his fingers through his thick, brown hair, making it stand on end. Then he dropped on all fours and growled. He chased Laura and Mary all around the room.

They were quick at dodging and running away. But once Pa caught them against the wood-box, behind the iron stove. They couldn't get past him. Pa growled a terrible growl. His hair was wild and his eyes were fierce. He was just like a real mad dog.

Mary was so scared she couldn't move. Laura screamed. With a wild leap she scrambled over the wood-box, dragging her. big sister with her.

And suddenly there was no mad dog at all.Just Pa, standing there with his blue eyes shining.

"Well," he said to Laura. "You're only a little half-pint of cider half drunk up, but by Jinks! you're as strong as a little French horse! "

"You shouldn't frighten the children so," Ma said. "Look how big their eyes are. "

Pa laughed. He took down his fiddle and began to play and sing. Laura and Mary forgot all about the mad dog. Laura clapped her hands in time as Pa sang out.

"And I'll sing Yankee Doodle-de-do,
And I'll sing Yankee Doodle,
And I'll sing Yankee Doodle-de-do.
A and I'll sing Yankee Doodle! "

Mary smiled, Laura clapped, and Baby Carrie cooed in Ma's lap. Nights like that were the best times of all.

Pioneer Sisters. Copyright © by Laura Wilder. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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    Posted January 3, 2014

    The Little House series is great! They transport you back in tim

    The Little House series is great! They transport you back in time to Laura's world. These books are great for kids & adults. I got my first set when I was about 9 years old. I would love to have these books on my Nook, but they are not available in e-book format. 

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    Very Good!

    This book is one of my most favorites, it probably is in my top 10!If you like the other Little House books, BE SURE TO GET THIS ONE!!

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