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The adventures of Laura Ingalls and her family continue as they leave their little house on the prairie and travel in their covered wagon to Minnesota. Here they settle in a little house made of sod beside the banks of beautiful Plum Creek. Soon Pa builds a wonderful new little house with real glass windows and a hinged door. Laura and her sister Mary go to school, help with the chores, and fish in the creek. At night everyone listens to the merry music of Pa's fiddle. Misfortunes come in the form of a grasshopper plague and a terrible blizzard, but the pioneer family works hard together to overcome these troubles.

And so continues Laura Ingalls Wilder's beloved story of a pioneer girl and her family. The nine Little House books have been cherished by generations of readers and listeners as both a unique glimpse into America's frontier past and a heartwarming, unforgettable story.

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts.

©1937, 1965 Little House Heritage Trust (P)2003, 2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Gillian
  • 09-02-17

Oh, How 'Naughty' Laura Can Be! :)

Driven from Indian Territory, Laura and her family settle in Minnesota for "On the Banks of Plum Creek." Here Laura's independent spirit and restless nature really start to shine through. How naughty she is (or what passed for naughty way back when)! She'll dip herself into a raging creek (only because her skin, her very skin, NEEDS to feel the water), and she'll get back at that mean ol' Nellie Olsen, especially when nature provides such things as crabs! And leeches! And she'll save her beloved Charlotte, no matter who thinks it's wrong (But Ma is a kind woman, and she knows that Laura's heart is good and that it was the right thing to do).
A big girl, going on eight, Laura faces school for the first time, church, and is introduced to Sunday School where Teacher doesn't know just how well little Laura knows the Bible.
And always is the background of a life on the land, of living and buying, banking on the wheat crop. Of living through blizzards, of living through glistening clouds that drop grasshoppers like rain.
Cherry Jones does a stellar job, as usual, really bringing the family to life, the angst, the joy.
What wonderful books!

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  • Alicia B.
  • 06-08-18

Childhood Classic Comes to Life

Cherry Jones is absolutely fantastic in this series! With music from Pa's fiddle added in, this book is enjoyable for the whole family. My kids (4 year old boy and 6 year old girl) love the story and ask for "just one more chapter, please!" Highly recommend to listen with your family!

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  • Meshelle
  • 06-08-18

My son loves this series!

My 5 year-old son has been listening to this series for the past two years. They are NOT girly books. Pa is the hero! Cherry Jones gives a fabulous narration.

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  • E.F.B.
  • 03-08-18

Another fun story

Once again, I enjoyed seeing this historical era through the eyes of someone who lived it. Who knew a square broom as opposed to a circular one would be seen as a luxury to get excited about? And I hadn't thought about tumbleweeds catching on fire and threatening homes as they continued to roll as wheels of fire. I've heard of grasshopper clouds dimming the sun but to have it and the destruction the insects caused described was both frightening and fascinating. And of course, in the midst of it all, the Ingalls family continued to learn, grow, and be their lovable selves. So, I enjoyed this story and look forward to the next book. :)

Content Advisory:

No language or sexual content.

Mary tells Laura she'll get "brown as an Indian" if she keeps running around without her bonnet on.

Mention of many squished grasshoppers feeling slimy under bare feet.

The process of cutting up a fish for dinner is described but without mention of blood.

There is the threat of poverty, hunger, and even fire over the course of the book, but it never gets too intense and the Ingalls keep a positive, proactive attitude through it all.

A little girl at school who does not play well with others yanks Laura to the ground by her braids when Laura suggets playing a game other than the one the little girl wants to play.

This little girl is unkind in other ways as well including not letting Laura touch her favorite dolls and saying something disrespectful to Ma. Laura sometimes gets so mad at this girl she wants to slap her, but doesn't because she was taught never to strike another person. She does at one point however, get revenge by setting the girl up to get chased by a hermit crab.

Laura disobeys Pa and Ma several times and experiences both natural consequences and fair punishment from her parents. Once, she even comes close to drowning with no one around to save her. (She is, of course, okay, but upset after finally getting out of the situation.) To her credit, though, she does learn her lessons and doesn't do the wrong things again.

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  • Jaclyn Johnson
  • 22-07-18

Best way to experience this book

We loved it! The music really brings it to life. We were glued to my phone.

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  • Jennifer Thiessen
  • 02-06-18

Great!

This is awesome! The narrator is very bad and I wish I would have bought one not narrated by cherry jones. But we love the book! It is awesome!!!!!

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  • JamieC
  • 09-05-18

Good book

I like the book a lot it was cool to learn about what it home to be like 👍

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  • JesseStu
  • 13-04-18

Another wonderful Little House recording

What made the experience of listening to On the Banks of Plum Creek the most enjoyable?

I never read these books as a kid. Boy, was I missing out. We've listened to these as a family--myself, and my four- and six-year-old boys--and we all love them equally. Laura's relationship with nature is probably my favorite element--how she learns through play and exploration. I also enjoy the elements of self-sufficiency, creativity, resourcefulness, history, and old fashioned family dynamics. Above all, though, these books are just good stories. After all, a childrens' story that is only enjoyed by children is not a good story. These pass that test every time for me.

What did you like best about this story?

Laura's relationship with nature is probably my favorite element--how she learns through play and exploration. I also enjoy the elements of self-sufficiency, creativity, resourcefulness, history, and old fashioned family dynamics. Above all, though, these books are just good stories. After all, a childrens' story that is only enjoyed by children is not a good story. These pass that test every time for me.

Which character – as performed by Cherry Jones – was your favorite?

Laura

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No

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  • Susan L. Jeffres
  • 25-01-18

I have loved these books since I was a child!

Enjoyed listening as much as reading about the Ingalls family. Cherry Jones does a great job!

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  • Russell Bernard
  • 20-01-18

leeches, grasshoppers, winter blizzards, oh my

Cherry Jones brings all the adventures of the Prairie to life. listen to the Prairie fires, the grasshoppers went marching, swimming in the river, leeches, wild blizzards, and fireballs down the chimney. an exciting time is had by all when we listen to this audio selection.