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.
Source: Miss K’s bookshelf
Read Our Reviews for the Rest of the Series:
Little House on the Prairie (We read this but I haven’t posted our review yet! I will do so soon)
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