Month: March 2010

The Long Winter, Chapter 25: Free and Independent

Almanzo’s going off half-cocked, or so Royal worries. What is his little brother thinking going after that wheat?

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The Long Winter, Chapter 24: Not Really Hungry

It’s the middle of February. Things are bad. Ma produces a hidden codfish — and no one cares.

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Will Mary's School Close?

The Iowa Braille School, where Laura’s sister Mary attended and graduated from more than one hundred years ago, is at risk of closing its doors. Read all about it!

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The Long Winter, Chapter 23: The Wheat In the Wall

The wheat’s about to run out, but Pa has a hunch, and heads to the Wilder Feed Store to see if he’s right.

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Crosswise Letter Writing, Mary Dislike, and Generic Chapter Titles

How Mary bugs me, and that cool way that Ma uses to save paper when writing letters.

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The Long Winter, Chapter 22: Cold and Dark

The house is buried in snow — great! — until the next blizzard blows it away. Ma snaps at Pa for swearing, and Pa discovers that he can’t play the fiddle.

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The Long Winter, Chapter 21: The Hard Winter

Guest post by Barbara Mayes Boustead The chapter begins on a hopeful note, on a day full of sunshine.  After the day’s chores, Pa heads across the street to hear the news.  He returns with 4 pounds of ox meat

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The Long Winter, Chapter 20: Antelope!

What strikes me, soon into this chapter, is that it is told mostly from Almanzo’s perspective. I always have liked that. As a fellow horseperson, I could relate to how he felt when he thought he may have lost Lady

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The Long Winter, Chapter 19: Where There's a Will

Guest post by Sommer Sorenson We open this chapter with Pa busily working to keep his family warm. His brilliant idea for hay sticks has a price… they must continually be keeping it in supply and so when Pa is

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The Long Winter, Chapter 18: Merry Christmas

The Little House books are full of cherished Christmases, each uniquely special. It takes a real gift to make a charming Christmas out of this paltry holiday celebration, however. The chapter begins full of hope and joy; the spirit of

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