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Series: Little House #6
Published by HarperTrophy on 1940
Genres: children's, classic
Source: the library
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The town of De Smet is hit with terrible, howling blizzards and Laura and her family must ration their food and coal. When the supply train doesn't arrive, Almanzo Wilder and his brother realize something must be done. They begin an impossible journey in search of provisions, before it's too late.
In the series (so far), this one is by far the scariest. It’s written in such a way that kids won’t be scared, but my one thought, the entire time I read this, is that the family was starving to death. Not the casual way we’ll tell a friend or loved one “Man, I can’t wait to eat; I’m starving” but serious, actual, real starvation. I knew the family would survive the winter, but I found myself very, very anxious and scared for them. That’s excellent storytelling/writing.
That being said, the book was a little slow for me. I really, really hate winter and the cold, and the long months of winter dragged into a long book for me.
The Ingalls are more real in this book, more human. The family is thought of as a very perfect family, but in this book, Pa steals, gets involved with a mob, and other unlawful things-yes, in order to survive, but it also shows him as being very human.
(Changing the subject, but i just love the fact that all the books in this series counts for four challenges!)
Reading this book contributed to these challenges: