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"Be Grateful... For what you have", my 7 yr. old daughter summed up after listening to The Long Winter.
The resourcefulness of the families, the town, and the selfless risk Almanzo and Cap took to find, then bring wheat to the starving town was astounding. Even after so much adversity through the long winter, Laura's family and the town were determined to beat the winter and starvation- and they survived. To God be praised!
As a family, we are renewed to choose to be grateful and humbled by the provision and bounty of food, clean water, and many things we have in abundance in our country. We thank God for His faithfulness throughout all generations and seasons of life, weather, and more.
We are grateful for the life lessons this author has taught us throughout the Little House Series. Blessings to all!
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...!
4 of 8 people found this review helpful
We (mum = read these books as a child, girl aged 9 and boy aged 7) LOVED this audible book. Lots of great questions and a realisation of different times for children.
Well read and performed.