Long Winter

Long Winter

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The sixth book in Laura Ingalls Wilder's treasured Little House series, and the recipient of a Newbery Honor. This edition features the classic black-and-white artwork from Garth Williams.

The fledgling town of De Smet in the Dakota Territory is hit hard by the brutal winter of 1880-1881. Laura, Pa, Ma, Mary, Carrie, and little Grace face the winter as best they can, but soon, blizzards have covered the town in snow that piles up to the rooftops, cutting the town off from supplies and trade. Food stores begin to run dangerously low. To save the town from starvation, young Almanzo Wilder and a friend brave the conditions, set off across the prairie in search of wheat, and return victorious. The town is saved, and the townspeople share in an unusual, but joyful, Christmas celebration.

The nine books in the timeless Little House series tell the story of Laura's real childhood as an American pioneer, and are cherished by readers of all generations. They offer a unique glimpse into life on the American frontier, and tell the heartwarming, unforgettable story of a loving family.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c1968, c1940.
ISBN: 9780060264604
Branch Call Number: J WIL
Additional Contributors: Williams, Garth


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Jessica_M_ Nov 16, 2017

An oldie but a goodie... the classic tales of Little House will surely please old and new fans with its winter themed stories!

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SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 15, 2012

“It is a good idea sometimes to think of the importance and dignity of our every-day duties. It keeps them from being so tiresome; besides, others are apt take us at our own valuation. ”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 15, 2012

“Remember well, and bear in mind, a constant friend is hard to find.”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 15, 2012

“As you read my stories of long ago I hope you will remember that things truly worthwhile and that will give you happiness are the same now as they were then. It is not the things you have that make you happy. It is love and kindness and helping each other and just plain being good. ”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 15, 2012

“Laura felt a warmth inside her. It was very small, but it was strong. It was steady, like a tiny light in the dark, and it burned very low but no winds would make it flicker because it would not give up.”

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“The only stupid thing about words is the spelling of them.”

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“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.”

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“Home is the nicest word there is.”

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“There's no great loss without some small gain.”

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“I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.”

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“The real things haven't changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures; and have courage when things go wrong.”

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Nov 25, 2018

Next book to read in series

Jun 28, 2016

Best book for a 90 degree summer day in Seattle.

Aug 06, 2014

Laura Ingalls Wilder's series is one of my favourite. I am currently reading them to my 5 year old daughter and she is loving them too. I highly recommend the series (The Little House on the Prairie is probably my least favourite because of all the horrible things said about indians.)

Apr 30, 2014

I love seeing how things were back then, and sometimes I like to imagine myself as Laura. This book has a way of capturing me in the past. :)

Dec 27, 2013

This book made me extremely anxious while reading it, even though I knew everything would turn out okay. It's amazing what people had to go through back then and I found myself very grateful for the life I have after reading it. I love all of the Little House books so much.

7Liberty7 May 22, 2013

I found the book interesting but began to wonder, in the in the middle of the blizzards, when they would end! Imagining that I was there made it even more realistic! For fun, some adventure and a change in their boring daily routines, Cap and Almanzo risked their lives to save the town, and I liked the change that followed. Overall an enjoyable read.

Aug 23, 2012

Best of the lot.
Too bad Pa does not bring some of the meat he wolfs down at the Wilder's home, selfish bastard!

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 15, 2012

i luv this book and laura inglals wilder sooo much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

crankylibrarian Nov 28, 2011

The pioneer experience as horror movie. Wilder's anything but nostalgic look back at a devastating Dakota winter cries out for the Steven King treatment. All the elements are there: creepy warnings from a wise old Indian, odd and disturbing animal behavior, nature perverted in deeply upsetting ways: the cattle suffocate when their own breath freezes them to the ground, an ordinary school day turns instantly into a struggle for survival. Even the reliably unflappable Pa becomes unhinged and screams at a wind that has become the personification of unrelenting, uncaring evil.

There's little of the Michael Landon warm fuzzies in this book. Although Wilder's story has its heroes, (notably her husband Almanzo) she makes it clear that surviving the pioneer experience depended on luck as much as skill or intelligence.

May 17, 2010

The dark psychology of a harsh winter is handled in this one right alongside the practical survival methods. The best of both is always routine, routine, routine.

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Jul 10, 2015

in this book the ingalls family struggles through a hard winter and when all the food it gone who will go out to save them? will he have enough time?

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 15, 2012

On a hot August day in 1880, at the Ingalls homestead in Dakota Territory, Laura offers to help Pa stack hay to feed their stock in the winter. As they work, Laura notices a muskrat den in the nearby Big Slough. Upon inspecting the den, Pa notes that the walls are the thickest he has ever seen, and fears the upcoming winter will be a hard one.


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