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Monday, April 01, 2013

On the Bank of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Welcome to the next book in the Little House on the Prairie Readalong!  I've kinda dropped the ball this month on promoting this, but new job for me, all the kids into daycare (and had to change that one once already!) and yesterday we moved into our new house. So. I'm lucky I've even read the book!

Here we go-- In On the Banks of Plum Creek the Ingalls family has returned from Indian Territory and moved into a dugout house on the creek.  Pa digs a giant wheat field, and things are looking good. Sadly, just before the crop is to be harvested, a plague of grasshoppers descends and ruins the crop, the prairie, the trees, everything green in sight. Pa has to travel east to find work, as he's already spent the wheat money before he has it.  The Ingalls have a shiny new house, built with lumber, and real glass windows.  The girls start school and the entire family attends church in town. We finally meet Nellie Olson.

For me, the books are getting more interesting. They interact more with other people, and they don't meet every trial with such nonchalance. Laura shows a little bit of a temper with Nellie and I loved the party in the creek. My favorite parts are about the house though, can you imagine waking up with snow on your blankets?

I'm sorry to say I don't have my act together enough to ask questions, but promise to do better next month. I'd love it if you would use to comments to tell me what moments struck you and what parts you enjoyed.


  1. Wow, you've got a lot going on! I hope the new job is going great!

  2. I've forgotten how many of these books I read when I was younger, but as I read your thoughts, I believe I read this one. It's odd to me that I clearly read several of them, which I would take to mean that I enjoyed them, yet I have so little memory of them.

  3. Finally finished this one yesterday. I think that re-reading these as an adult after all these years is bringing out my sarcastic side. As I read this one I kept thinking that it was a good thing that Pa didn't live in the age of credit card debt.



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