I remember this installment of Little House being my absolute favorite, and it didn't disappoint all these years later upon reread. Laura and her family have moved from Indian Territory (Kansas) to Minnesota, where they first live in a dugout house by the creek. Eventually, Pa (as he does) builds the family a proper house. The children begin attending school and church in the nearby town, which is only a three mile walk from their new home. Laura swims in the creek and plays in the fields in the summer, and hunkers down to wait out blizzards in the winter. She details a few hardships, like a swarm of grasshoppers that ate all their grass and crops, drought, and poverty. They all muddle through with Laura's optimistic-to-a-fault father and her unmovable, stalwart mother. A must-read for those who loved Little House on the Prairie.

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