- Hardcover: 134 pages
- Publisher: Harpercollins Childrens Books; 1st edition (1 June 1971)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060264268
- ISBN-13: 978-0060264260
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.7 x 20.3 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 181 g
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The First Four Years Hardcover – 17 Feb 1971
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Laura Ingalls Wilder is beginning life with her new husband, Almanzo, in their own little house. Laura is a young pioneer wife now, and must work hard with Almanzo, farming the land around their home on the South Dakota prairie. Soon their baby daughter, Rose, is born, and the young family must face the hardships and triumphs encountered by so many American pioneers.
And so Laura Ingalls Wilder's adventure as a little pioneer girl ends, and her new life as a pioneer wife and mother begins. 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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Reading the foreword on the history of how this narrative was published from Mrs Wilder's draft notes, long after her death, I don't understand all the complaints in reviews.
The story isn't "filled out" in color and detail like a novel. But the essentials of her style are there. And I found the account of her early married life quite interesting. It was quite sad to read about the death of her son and then abruptly reach the end of the narrative a few pages later. I found it understandable though since she described herself as being numb and going through the motions in the time following his death and the later house fire. She was understandably under a lot of stress during that time, with her husband also partially paralyzed. I know that chronic illness and stress of that sort can turn your brain to mush when it comes to remembering things. It's no wonder the details are sparse. I think some critical reviewers wanted idealism rather than reality, but others do seem to have sympathy.
I'm just sorry that she didn't feel compelled to complete this book, nor write another about their journey and farm in Missouri. I would have liked to have known more about those events.
I'm glad she lived a full and rich life among her friends and family. A very hard-working and courageous woman.
My reaction to this story is that it is realistic because it documents the truth that life is NEVER easy for even the best and brightest . Much of the "success" a person achieves is simply correlated to the attitude he displays when confronted with a challenge or disappointment . I was grateful that the hardships were NOT ignored : health scares, crop failures, disastrous weather and tensions between a man and a woman who disagree .There are lessons to be treasured here on the truth that life is an obstacle course for each person who inhabits this world , and every generation is presented with a varying and unique assortment of predicaments that create something called "HISTORY".
I loved visualizing Laura 's world and her challenges along with the simple pleasures she enjoyed like wild flowers, her hand made storage kitchen cabinet , and the one seat sleigh or 'cutter' that provided winter transportation across the prairie in harsh winter weather.
AS a girl I remember walking to the local library and checking out this series of books. In hindsight I believe that they created a lifelong passion for history and a fascination for learning about the challenges of previous generations . I am now a 60 year old woman , and still derive great pleasure from reading about Laura's world . Her books provide cherished vivid escape even still.
Those who are interested in Laura's life might also enjoy the memoirs of Flora Lewis "Larkrise To Candleford" .