Reading the Classics: On the Banks of Plum Creek

Book Review, Middle Grade
On the Banks of Plum Creek

On the Banks of Plum CreekOn the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Age Range: 8 – 12 years

Grade Level: 4 – 7

Paperback: 352 pages

Publisher: HarperCollins; 1 edition (April 8, 2008)

Genre: Historical fiction, memoir

Source: Miss K’s bookshelf

Our rating: 5 of 5 stars






About On the Banks of Plum Creek:

The adventures of Laura Ingalls and her family continue as they leave their little house on the prairie and travel in their covered wagon to Minnesota. Here they settle in a little house made of sod beside the banks of beautiful Plum Creek. Soon Pa builds a wonderful new little house with real glass windows and a hinged door. Laura and her sister Mary go to school, help with the chores, and fish in the creek. At night everyone listens to the merry music of Pa’s fiddle. Misfortunes come in the form of a grasshopper plague and a terrible blizzard, but the pioneer family works hard together to overcome these troubles.

And so continues Laura Ingalls Wilder’s beloved story of a pioneer girl and her family. The nine Little House books have been cherished by generations of readers as both a unique glimpse into America’s frontier past and a heartwarming, unforgettable story.


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About Laura Ingalls Wilder:

Laura Ingalls Wilder was born in 1867 in the log cabin described in Little House in the Big Woods. She and her family traveled by covered wagon across the Midwest. Later, Laura and her husband, Almanzo Wilder, made their own covered-wagon trip with their daughter, Rose, to Mansfield, Missouri. There, believing in the importance of knowing where you began in order to appreciate how far you’ve come, Laura wrote about her childhood growing up on the American frontier. For millions of readers Laura lives on forever as the little pioneer girl in the beloved Little House books.


Our Thoughts About On The Banks of Plum Creek:

My kids are hopelessly hooked on these books. Can you blame them? Laura Ingalls Wilder’s stories about her life on the American frontier are beautiful. Even though these books are written for a slightly older audience (kids ages 8-12), my 5 and 7 year old girls love them. Each book keeps getting better, too.

On the Banks of Plum Creek is the period of the Ingalls’ life when they moved to Minnesota and settled in a dugout (and later a board house) along the banks of a small creek. They dealt with plenty of hardship and disaster in that area, but managed to persevere through it all. Their courage and tenacity amazes me. They plugged along through the good times and the bad. It gave my kids and I plenty of opportunity to talk about the choices they made and what life was like back then. It also made me extremely grateful for modern conveniences.

Miss K especially loves these books. She and her sister have been dressing up in bonnets and pretending to be Mary and Laura. That’s when you know you’ve hit a winning middle grade novel. When the kids that read it immerse themselves completely into that world.


Want to see what we thought of the other books in the series? Click on the titles below to see our reviews.

Little House in the Big Woods

Farmer Boy


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