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This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.By the Shores of Silver Lake (Little House, #5) by Laura Ingalls Wilder, Garth Williams
Published by HarperTrophy on 1939
Genres: children's, classic
Source: the library
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Laura and her family are head to the Dakota Territory for a chance to own their own land--and stop moving. The new town of De Smet is filling up with settlers lured west by the promise of free land, and the Ingalls family must do whatever it takes too defend their claim.
So far, this is my least favorite of the series.
Laura moves quite a few times in this book – from the last homestead (where Mary loses her sight), to a shanty where her father works for the railway company, to the prospector’s house for the winter, to their half a house as they are staking their claim. That’s a lot of moves for one person in a year, and it was frankly boring to read about. This book is also the saddest one to boot, between Mary losing her sight, and the family dog, Jack, dying.
Nothing really happens during the books – it was fun / fascinating reading about the family’s trip by train to meet Laura’s father, but that was first thing in the beginning of the book, and then the rest of book drags.
Pa sings a lot during this book – complete with song lyrics – and this just felt like filler to me, like Laura Ingalls Wilder didn’t have enough to write about during the year, so she added a bunch of songs. Which stinks, because there was a ton of things she could have written about that would have been fascinating!
Besides the challenges below, I read this book as part of the Classic Children’s Literature event in April.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges: