The Long Winter : Little House

  • by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Narrated by Cherry Jones
  • Series: Little House
  • 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The adventures of Laura Ingalls and her family continue as Pa, Ma, Laura, Mary, Carrie, and little Grace bravely face the hard winter of 1880-81 in their little house in the Dakota Territory. Blizzards cover the little town with snow, cutting off all supplies from the outside. Soon there is almost no food left, so young Almanzo Wilder and a friend make a dangerous trip across the prairie to find some wheat. Finally a joyous Christmas is celebrated in a very unusual way in this most exciting of all the Little House books.
Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts.

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Read Before This Winter Is Over!

Every winter, at home in the big woods of Pennsylvania where I grew up, I took a week off school (countenanced by my laissez-faire parents) and re-read this wonderful series about a family that was anything but laissez-faire, a family that came to feel as real to me as my own. This volume marks a turning point in the series, as true darkness comes upon the family in the form of the legendary, seemingly never-ending winter of 1887-88. For over half a year, blizzard after blizzard pounds the little town on the prairie, and Laura and her family (in the town home to which they flee from their homestead, just in time for the first horrific storm) must struggle to survive. I had the pleasure of reading this to my own young children years ago during a three-day blizzard just after we'd moved from downtown Eureka to the Sierra foothills here in California, in the winter of 1990. We were without heat or power save for our woodstove, candles and lanterns, but we snuggled together by the
fire after a dinner of cold canned Spaghettios, and the children were entranced by this story. "Oh, I see what we did wrong!" My oldest daughter exclaimed suddenly during a pause between chapters. "It's winter, so we were supposed to move from our house in the country to our house in the town, not the other way around!"

This story of perseverance, faith and hope in the face of hardship is as heartwarming and as relevant today as it was when it was first written. Thanks, Laura, thank you to able narrator Cherry Jones, and thank you, Audible, for finally bringing this brilliant classic series to your listeners. Grade: A+
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- Gretchen SLP

Faith And Love In Hard Times--

The muskrats know; they've built their walls extra thick. The birds know; they're flying high in the sky, in a hurry to get south. And Pa has a bad feeling.
"The Long Winter" chronicles a once-in-twenty-one years winter where blizzards blow for seven months. Laura and her family move to the town for the winter and there they realize they've been living in times that are far too progressive: As time crunches on, how will they get heat? After all, there never used to be fancy coal stoves. How will they have light? There never used to be new-fangled kerosene. It's all running out and the family has to fight to survive. Each three day blizzard has Laura hearing the War Cries from Indian Territory in its terrible raging howl.
But the Ingalls family is nothing if not determined, imaginative, headstrong, and creative. Ma and Pa will find a way, and Laura will do anything to help her beloved Pa out. From trampling hay, to twisting it.
There is music, and when Pa's hands get too chapped and swollen to play the fiddle, there is always singing.
You'll be on the edge of your seat with this breathtaking installment of the "Little House" series, rooting for the underdog, hoping against hope.
And you'll never take food, shelter, love for granted again...!
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- Gillian

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-07-2017
  • Publisher: HarperAudio