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School Days (Little House Series: The Laura Years #4)

School Days (Little House Series: The Laura Years #4)

by Laura Ingalls Wilder, Renee Graef (Illustrator), Melissa Peterson

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School Days

School is always exciting for Laura Ingalls and her sisters. Laura knows that learning can be fun, and there are so many friends to play with at recess!

The Laura Chapter Books are part of an ongoing series of Little House Chapter Books.


School Days

School is always exciting for Laura Ingalls and her sisters. Laura knows that learning can be fun, and there are so many friends to play with at recess!

The Laura Chapter Books are part of an ongoing series of Little House Chapter Books.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Meredith Kiger
A simplified, softback book for those children not yet ready for the original "Little House" books. School Days is one in a series of four Chapter Books. It is divided into nine short chapters each dealing with Laura and her younger sister, Carrie's, experiences at a nearby one-room school. Although simplified, they still contain the charm and fascination of the original "Little House" stories.
Children's Literature - Marilyn Thomas
The first part of the story takes place on the Banks of Plum Creek. Laura and Mary attend school in a one-room schoolhouse where they are taught to use pencil and slate. Later in the story, the family moves from Minnesota to the Dakota Territory, where Laura and Carrie attended school in another one-room schoolhouse. Mary could not go to school because she had gotten scarlet fever that left her blind. At the end of the story, there is a big blizzard while the girls were at school. The girls found their way home in the blizzard and for several days they were taught at home. A book for a young child who is not quite ready for a chapter book. 1997 (orig.

Product Details

HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
Little House Series: The Laura Years , #4
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Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.68(h) x 0.26(d)
520L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Chapter One

Going to School

Laura and Mary were sisters. They had a baby sister named Carrie, and a Ma and a Pa.

One day Ma said, "Now we're nicely settled and only two and a half miles from town, you can go to school."

Laura and Mary looked at each other. School?

The more Laura thought about it, the more she didn't want to go. There was so much to do right there at home, on the banks of Plum Creek.

"Oh, Ma, do I have to?" she asked.

Ma said that little girls who are almost eight years old should be learning to read instead of running wild.

"But I can read, Ma," Laura said. "Listen!"

She picked up one of Ma's books. It was called Millbank. It was a fat book with small print. She read, "The doors and windows of Millbank were closed. Crepe streamed from the doorknob--"

"Oh, Laura," Ma said, "you are not reading. You are only reciting what you've heard me read to Pa so often. Besides, there are other things to learn--spelling and writing and arithmetic."

And that was that. Laura and Mary would start school on Monday morning.

Laura bounded out of the house. She almost ran into Pa, who was hammering something just outside the door.

"Oops!" said Pa. "Nearly hit you that time, flutterbudget!"

"What are you doing, Pa?"

"Making a fish-trap," said Pa. "Want to help me?"

Laura handed Pa nails one by one. He was building a sort of box with no lid. Pa left wide cracks between the strips of wood.

"How will that catch fish?" Laura asked. "If you put it in the creek they will swim in through the cracks, but they will swim right out again."

"You wait and see," saidPa.

Pa led the way to a steep place in the creek bank. There was a waterfall there. The water crashed and splashed over the edge. Laura helped Pa set the fish-trap right underneath the waterfall, where the water would pour right into it.

"You see, Laura," said Pa. "The fish will come over the falls into the trap. The little ones will go out through the cracks, but the big ones can't. They'll have to stay swimming in the box till I come and take them out."

At that very minute a big fish splashed over the falls. Laura squealed. "Look, Pa!" she shouted.

Pa grabbed the fish and lifted him out.

The fish flopped back and forth in his hands. Laura almost fell into the waterfall. They looked at that silvery fish. Then Pa dropped him back into the trap.

"Oh, Pa, can't we please stay and catch enough fish for supper?" Laura asked.

"I've got to get to work on a barn, Laura," said Pa. "And plow the garden and dig a well and-" He looked at Laura. "Well, little half-pint," he said, "maybe it won't take long."

He sat on his heels. Laura sat on hers and they waited. The creek poured and splashed. It was always the same and always changing. Laura could have watched it forever. The sun danced on the water and lay warm on Laura's neck. It shone on Pa's dark hair.

"Oh, Pa," Laura said, "do I have to go to school?"

"You will like school," said Pa.

"I like it better here," Laura said.

"I know, little half-pint," said Pa. "But it isn't everybody that gets a chance to learn to read and write. Your Ma was a school teacher when we met, and when she came West with me I promised that our girls would have a chance to get book learning. You're almost eight years old now, and Mary is going on nine. It's time you began." He smiled at her across the water. "Be thankful you've got the chance, Laura."

"Yes, Pa," Laura sighed.

Just then another big fish came over the falls. And before Pa could catch it there came another!

Laura watched the silvery fish splash in the glittering water. How could she possibly like school better than this?

Meet the Author

Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867–1957) was born in a log cabin in the Wisconsin woods. With her family, she pioneered throughout America’s heartland during the 1870s and 1880s, finally settling in Dakota Territory. She married Almanzo Wilder in 1885; their only daughter, Rose, was born the following year. The Wilders moved to Rocky Ridge Farm at Mansfield, Missouri, in 1894, where they established a permanent home. After years of farming, Laura wrote the first of her beloved Little House books in 1932. The nine Little House books are international classics. Her writings live on into the twenty-first century as America’s quintessential pioneer story.

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.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
February 7, 1867
Date of Death:
February 10, 1957
Place of Birth:
Pepin, Wisconsin
Place of Death:
Mansfield, Missouri

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