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Published by HarperCollins Publishers on April 2nd 2002
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Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote nine Little House books about her childhood growing upon the western frontier. But there were two years she didn't write about, two missing years that take place between On the Banks of Plum Creek and By the Shores of Silver Lake.Now, Newbery Award-winning author Cynthia Rylant has imagined what those lost Little House years were like, based on Laura's unpublished memoirs.
The result is the first Little House novel about Laura as a young girl in almost 60 years, and a wonderful addition to the classic series.
When the grasshopper plague returns to Plum Creek, Pa knows all the crops will be destroyed again. He decides to take the family east to Burr Oak, Iowa, where he has found work running a hotel. But Laura tongs to return to the tall-grass prairie and the unsettled west, to a place where Pa can play his fiddle in the open air and where she can feel free again.
Old Town in the Green Groves continues the story about Laura Ingalls -- a story whose wonder and adventure have delighted millions of readers.
Old Town in the Green Groves fill in part of the gab between two of the classic little house books: “On the Banks of Plum Creek” and “By the Shores of Silver Lake”, and is not a “real” Little House book. But, again, I read the entire series so I wanted to read all the books now considered part of the Little House family.
I actually really liked this one more than I was expecting – These First Four Years was so awful in so many ways that I really didn’t have high hopes for this one, yet I actually liked this one more than the last Little House book. It’s not written by Laura, but definitely has the same feel/flavor, and the characters are just exactly the same. Ma & Pa are there wonderful selves, you get to see their cousins & a whole other life not previously seen in other books, and there’s a horrible tragedy that the family lives through and it’s just marvelous to see how they all manage. If you like the Little House series and haven’t read this one, just skip “These First Four Years” and read this one, instead (but do read them in chronological order, as I wish I had but didn’t).