Reading the Classics: By the Shores of Silver Lake

Book Review, Middle Grade
By the Shores of SIlver Lake

By the Shores of SIlver Lake

By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Age Range: 8 – 12 years | Grade Level: 4 – 7 | Series: Little House | Paperback: 304 pages | Publisher: HarperCollins; 1 edition (April 8, 2008)


About By the Shores of Silver Lake:

The adventures of Laura Ingalls and her family continue as they move from their little house on the banks of Plum Creek to the wilderness of the unsettled Dakota Territory. Here Pa works on the new railroad until he finds a homestead claim that is perfect for their new little house. Laura takes her first train ride as she, her sisters, and their mother come out to live with Pa on the shores of Silver Lake. After a lonely winter in the surveyors’ house, Pa puts up the first building in what will soon be a brand-new town on the beautiful shores of Silver Lake. The Ingallses’ covered-wagon travels are finally over.


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My Thoughts on By the Shores of Silver Lake:

Miss K and I have been working our way through this series. This book is kind of sad at the beginning. The Ingalls family has had a rough go of things on Plum Creek. They’ve all been sick, Mary is now blind, and Pa hasn’t had a good wheat crop. So when they get the chance to move to the Dakota territory for a job, Pa jumps at the chance and with a little persuasion, Ma agrees as well. They pack up the wagon again and travel to Silver Lake where they live in a shanty by a railroad grade.

When I read these books as a kid, it never occurred to me that the Ingalls family was poor. Laura makes their life sound so peaceful, warm, and loving that their obvious financial stresses never entered my mind. Reading these books as an adult however, I can easily see how tight their budget was.

The fun part about By the Shores of Silver Lake is that Laura is starting to grow up and her stubborn, wild personality is beginning to show up more often. Each one of these books is beautiful, and it’s so much fun to read them with my kids.

Content: clean

Source: Miss K’s bookshelf



Read Our Reviews for the Rest of the Series:

Little House in the Big Woods

Farmer Boy

Little House on the Prairie (We read this but I haven’t posted our review yet! I will do so soon)

On the Banks of Plum Creek

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  • Reply
    Adriana @ BooksOnHerMind
    February 7, 2016 at 2:47 am

    Goodness! Mary is blind now… I’ve never read this series but it really gets gloomy.
    It’s really cool that you are reading this series. I kind of want to read another classic series – Anne of Green Gables.
    I hope you enjoy the rest of the series!

    P.S. I like the new look!

    • Reply
      Dena at Batch of Books
      February 10, 2016 at 7:59 pm

      Yes, Mary is blind now. But Laura makes it sound like their lives were still cheerful and cozy. I wonder if their lives were truly as happy as Laura paints them. Anne of Green Gables is wonderful too. I love those books. I’ve only read the first 3 books in the series, but I want to get the rest and read them sometime too.

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