Written by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Illustrated by Garth Williams
Age Range: 8 and up | Series: Book #8 in the Little House series
Fifteen-year-old Laura lives apart from her family for the first time, teaching school in a claim shanty twelve miles from home. She is very homesick, but keeps at it so that she can help pay for her sister Mary’s tuition at the college for the blind. During school vacations, Laura has fun with her singing lessons, going on sleigh rides, and best of all, helping Almanzo Wilder drive his new buggy. Friendship soon turns to love for Laura and Almanzo in the romantic conclusion of this Little House book.
These books offer a unique first-person account of the everyday lives of American pioneers in the late 1800’s. The details of life so beautifully described help us understand just what life was like for our pioneer ancestors who were living in similar conditions around the same time. Excellent reading for LDS children!