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Immerse yourself in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s beloved Little House series!

The Ingalls family has seen both joy and hardship since the end of On the Banks of Plum Creek. Mary has been left blind from a battle with scarlet fever, and a new sister, Grace, has been born. Pa decides to move to a railroad camp in the unsettled Dakota Territory to work as a bookkeeper to earn money. Eventually, Laura, her sisters, and Ma travel by train to join Pa at the spot he’s claimed for their new home.  They spend a long winter in the surveyor’s house, and in the spring, Pa begins to build a store. It’s the first building in what will become the town of De Smet. Finally, the Ingalls family’s travels by covered wagon are over.

The nine books in the timeless Little House series tell the story of Laura’s real childhood as an American pioneer, and are cherished by readers of all generations. They offer a unique glimpse into life on the American frontier and tell the heartwarming, unforgettable story of a loving family.

©1939, 1967 Little House Heritage Trust (P)2004, 2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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Lovely story

My children really enjoy all the books from this series so far. Now on to the next one!

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  • Mom of One (two if you count my husband)
  • 11-11-18

Put down the tablets and phones! Great for a road trip!

This series has been wonderful to listen to! Any time we drive more than 15 minutes, it allows us to connect by listening to something together. NO ELECTRONICS! 😁

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  • D. Wright
  • 12-09-20

Love the story, not the singing

All of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s stories are wonderful and remind me of when I was a young girl and read the books until they fell apart. I’m sorry to be judgmental, but Cherry Jones should stick to acting and narrating, and skip the singing. She sings all of the songs in the books, and I found myself skipping ahead. Otherwise, nicely done!

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  • JS
  • 20-07-20

great book. timeless classic

loved the story. wonderfully written. timeless classic. every person should emerse themselves in it. wonderful.

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  • A Reader
  • 16-06-20

That's Doe-Shah, not Doe-see-ah!

Poor reading, uneven accent and mispronounced names. Awful singing! Do better research so such errors can be avoided.

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  • Antonia Sivyer
  • 28-04-20

LOVE!

This is an awesome book! I could read it over and over again! Totally recommend! - daughter of Antonia, 4th grader

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  • Taylor Jones
  • 03-04-20

Amazing as always

Cherry Jones does a wonderful job of reading these stories and bringing the characters to life! I highly recommended these. I get lost in the books for hours!

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  • Tina Rich
  • 09-03-20

Great character voices

Listening to Cherry Jones read any of Laura Ingalls Wilder books is a gift. We love reading allowed, but when Cherry reads it is enjoyable and she transports you into the story. By the Shores of Silver Lake has a lot of dialogue and adventure and Ms.Jones does not miss a beat.

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  • Darren Sapp
  • 18-02-20

Upbeat

I loved the upbeat tempo of this book in the series. Every member of the family seemed excited. Cherry Jones narration is great.

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  • Gillian
  • 10-02-17

Life On A Different Kind Of Prairie!

Life turned unkind for the Ingalls family on Plum Creek. Scarlet fever struck them all, leaving Mary blind, and Pa doesn't know how to pay doctor bills. But then a job working with the railroad leads them to the Dakota Territory, 'by the shores of Silver Lake'.
There are such vivid descriptions of nature, after all, Laura has to be Mary's "eyes" from now on, and there's plenty of singing (when I read the books, I used to wonder what Mary's song, "Highland Mary" sounded like; now I know)!
They settle into the surveyor's house during winter, snug as bugs, and live off the land. Laura's wild heart feels the difference of this prairie; it's so big, so quiet, so different from Indian Territory, and she yearns to go west as more and more people settle down.
But here she learns her future: she's to be a teacher. And when they hear of a school for the Blind, there's a dream to send Mary.
Expect beautiful writing, rousing tunes sung by cousins who laugh together and race little black ponies, the friendship of Mr. and Mrs. Boast, and always: there's Laura's laughing spirit!

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  • Russell Bernard
  • 04-03-18

Charles’s big break.

The narration could not be better. Chery Jones nails it.on the shores of silver lake is exciting, charming and all the other adjectives I can’t think of. Some of it is fiction but don’t let that stop you. These books are a fantastic picture of the 1800s on the prairie they are more fun than my Antonia, which is a wonderful book and Owl on every post is also worth listening too.
So grab you wife and children and enjoy another segment of Laura Ingles Wilder.

The family does have some very good times together and the pony raceing is very fun.

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