Read-along: The First Four Years

You’ve requested it and here we are finally tackling The First Four Years as a read-along! Since there are only four chapters of varying lengths, I’ve split the chapters as best I could. There are fourteen sections and I’ve tried to divide them where there were breaks.

Here are the sections to choose from:

Section 1: Chapter 1, pages 1 to 10. Ending with sentence: The first year was begun.

Section 2: Chapter 1, pages 10 (bottom) to 21. Ending with sentence: Pieplant was so sour, that first taste must have been simply terrible.

Section 3: Chapter 1, pages 21 (middle) to 33/35 (very top). Ending with sentence: But as they went their leader turned and looked back at Laura where she stood, with the wind blowing her skirts around her and her braids flying, watching them go away across the prairie into the west.

Section 4: Chapter 1, pages 35 (top) to 44 (bottom). Ending with sentence: When Trixy lipped her hand or rested her soft nose on her shoulder, or Skip, the scamp, searched her pocket for a lump of sugar, she felt that they were very satisfactory friends.

Section 5: Chapter 1, pages 44 (very bottom) to 60. End of chapter.

Section 6: Chapter 2, pages 61 to 68 (very bottom). Ending with sentence: And so November passed and December came.

Section 7: Chapter 2, pages 68 (bottom) to 76. Ending with sentence: As they drove away, she hugged Rose tightly; but she was sorry for Mr. Boast as he stood still where they had left him, and for Mrs. Boast waiting in the house, knowing what Mr. Boast was going to propose to them.

Section 8: Chapter 2, pages 76 to 83. End of chapter.

Section 9: Chapter 3, pages 84 to 93. Ending with sentence: Trixy and Fly enjoyed the races they ran in the moonlight and the shying at the shadow of a buncy of hay in the road or the quick jump of a jack rabbit across it.

Section 10: Chapter 3, pages 93 to 97. End of chapter.

Section 11: Chapter 4, pages 98 to 108. Ending with sentence: It was a long way from the scenes of Scott’s glamorous old tales to the little house on the bleak, wintry prairie, but Laura brought back from them some of their magic and music and the rest of the winter passed quite comfortably.

Section 12: Chapter 4, pages 108 (middle) to 121. Ending with sentence: It was his business and he wasn’t worrying.

Section 13: Chapter 4, pages 121 (lower half) to 128 (top). Ending with sentence: Rose must be cared for and all the numberless chores attended to.

Section 14: Chapter 4, pages 128 (top) to 134. The end.

If there are any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. Please let us know in the comments below this post which section you would like.  Email your section summary to beyondlittlehouse (at) gmail (dot) com by the time the section before yours is posted, if not sooner. I think it’ll be very interesting to see how different readers interpret this book. Good luck!

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16 comments on “Read-along: The First Four Years
  1. LauriOH says:

    I’ll take a section, but I don’t have a preference so anyone that no one else “must” have.

  2. Melanie says:

    I’m in. I don’t have a preference either. But I would be happy to do: Section 11: Chapter 4, pages 98 to 108. Ending with sentence: It was a long way from the scenes of Scott’s glamorous old tales to the little house on the bleak, wintry prairie, but Laura brought back from them some of their magic and music and the rest of the winter passed quite comfortably.’

    Let me know when you want it…

  3. Naomi Shanks says:

    I’d be happy to do any section…I didn’t have TFFY growing up so have only read it a few times, don’t have the same intimate familiarity I do with the other books. Assign at will!

  4. naomi says:

    I’ll take a section too. I don’t have the book in front of me, so I’m not sure how the sections break down, but either the first one, or the one where Rose is born.

  5. Melissa says:

    I’d like to take a section; I’ve never done one before, but I have enjoyed reading them! No preference, somewhere in the middle is fine.

  6. Would love to also sign up for a section. My first time doing so but would love to share the experience!

  7. Becky Harris says:

    I’ve never done one but will do the first section if it’s not taken. When does it need to be done and how do I post it?

    • Laura Welser says:

      Becky,
      I’ve put you down for the first section. If you can email it to beyondlittlehouse (at) gmail (dot) com within the next week we’d appreciate it. Thanks!

  8. Dying to do Section 12! 🙂

  9. TLynn says:

    I can’t commit to a section this time, but I sure am looking forward to reading them…and all the comments, which I know will be both informative and entertaining. Thanks to everyone who is volunteering, and especially to Laura Welser for organizing it!

    • Eddie says:

      I second the motion, TLynn – readalong time, hurrah! Big thanks to Laura, and I can’t wait to read the posts 🙂

  10. Sue says:

    If you still need people, I will take a section. Doesn’t matter which one.

    • Laura Welser says:

      Sue, I had two sections and I’ll give one to you. I’ll put you down for Section 10: Chapter 3, pages 93 to 97. End of chapter.

  11. Melissa says:

    Yeah it’s read along time!

    Re: the pink lawn- I always thought it was strange she was sewing in her Sunday dress!! Also when she is unpacking (can’t remember if that was in this section or not) another dress shows up! I always wondered where that dress came from since so much time was spent in THGY describing clothes.

    As a kid, I always took the THGY version as “the truth” of what happened and tried to ignore the intro section to TFFY.