The Long Winter (Little House Series: Classic Stories #6)

The Long Winter (Little House Series: Classic Stories #6)

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The adventures of Laura Ingalls and her family continue as Pa, Ma, Laura, Mary, Carrie and Little Grace bravely face the hard winter of 1880-1881 in their little house in the Dakota territory. Blizzards cover the little town in snow, cutting off all supplies. Soon they are almost out of food, so young Almanzo Wilder and a friend make a dangerous trip across the prairie to find some wheat. Finally a joyous Christmas is celebrated in a very unusual way with the most exciting of all the Little House books.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060581855
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/11/2004
Series: Little House Series
Edition description: Full Color Collector's Edition
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 38,929
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.00(d)
Lexile: 790L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867–1957) was born in a log cabin in the Wisconsin woods. With her family, she pioneered throughout America’s heartland during the 1870s and 1880s, finally settling in Dakota Territory. She married Almanzo Wilder in 1885; their only daughter, Rose, was born the following year. The Wilders moved to Rocky Ridge Farm at Mansfield, Missouri, in 1894, where they established a permanent home. After years of farming, Laura wrote the first of her beloved Little House books in 1932. The nine Little House books are international classics. Her writings live on into the twenty-first century as America’s quintessential pioneer story.

Garth Williams is the renowned illustrator of almost one hundred books for children, including the beloved Stuart Little by E. B. White, Bedtime for Frances by Russell Hoban, and the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

He was born in 1912 in New York City but raised in England. He founded an art school near London and served with the British Red Cross Civilian Defense during World War II. Williams worked as a portrait sculptor, art director, and magazine artist before doing his first book Stuart Little, thus beginning a long and lustrous career illustrating some of the best known children's books.

In addition to illustrating works by White and Wilder, he also illustrated George Selden’s The Cricket in Times Square and its sequels (Farrar Straus Giroux). He created the character and pictures for the first book in the Frances series by Russell Hoban (HarperCollins) and the first books in the Miss Bianca series by Margery Sharp (Little, Brown). He collaborated with Margaret Wise Brown on her Little Golden Books titles Home for a Bunny and Little Fur Family, among others, and with Jack Prelutsky on two poetry collections published by Greenwillow: Ride a Purple Pelican and Beneath a Blue Umbrella. He also wrote and illustrated seven books on his own, including Baby Farm Animals (Little Golden Books) and The Rabbits’ Wedding (HarperCollins).

Date of Birth:

February 7, 1867

Date of Death:

February 10, 1957

Place of Birth:

Pepin, Wisconsin

Place of Death:

Mansfield, Missouri

Table of Contents

Make Hay While the Sun Shines
An Errand to Town
Fall of the Year
October Blizzard
After the Storm
Indian Summer
Indian Warning
Settled in Town
Cap Garland
Three Days' Blizzard
Pa Goes to Volga
We'll Weather the Blast
One Bright Day
No Trains
Fair Weather
Seed Wheat
Merry Christmas
Where There's A Will
The Hard Winter
Gold and Dark
The Wheat in the Wall
Not Really Hungry
Free and Independent
Breathing Spell
For Daily Bread
Four Days' Blizzard
The Last Mile
It Can't Beat Us
Waiting for the Train
The Christmas Barrel
Christmas in May

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Long Winter 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 51 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of Laura Ingalls Wilders best books!!!
SeriousGrace on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When we meet up with Laura and her family in The Long Winter Laura is now 14 years old. The year is 1880 and it is the family's first year in De Smet, South Dakota. Pa has learned that the upcoming winter will be a particularly brutal one and since his homestead isn't finished he moves the family into town. Laura isn't thrilled with this move. She likes the wide open prairie land. But, as the snow starts to fly and continues to fly, storm after storm, she and the family have more to worry about. When the trains cannot get through food and supply shortages start to occur. All housebound families have little to eat and find themselves on the brink of starvation. Keeping the house warm is another problem. In the end, Laura's future husband, Almanzo Wilder, and a friend save the day by finding a supply of wheat that lasts the town through the rest of the long winter.
jslhensley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a classic fiction book that tells of a pioneer families trials, and hardships as well as the good times that they experience as they make a new life out west.
rainbowdarling on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Once the Ingalls family is settled in the new town of De Smet, they settle in for The Long Winter. The town is ill prepared for the winter that is to come, with temperatures lower than the thermometer can register and blizzards blowing more often than not. Supplies run low and people start to stretch what little they have as far as it will go. This is one of the more serious of the stories, and it highlights what kind of chances the settlers were taking by moving out to areas where the weather was unpredictable and likely unfamiliar to many of them, without the advantage of having time to have settled in and stored up in preparation for something like this happening. The events are well-told and it is interesting to read about the ingenuity that many of the townsfolk utilized to help get their families through the hard wintertime.
quaintlittlehead on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book describes the Ingalls' family's daily activities during a season of multiple blizzards that threaten their town's survival by cutting off food supplies. The story is less interesting in terms of narrative things but works wonders with its vivid descriptions. I read this on a warm spring day and couldn't help but feel cold. While the day-to-day struggle seems repetitive at times, this serves as a poignant reminder that nature affected every aspect of daily life for these settlers, from whether they went to school to where in the house they ate their meals to how early they went to bed. A lifestyle so far removed from our modern conveniences really transports readers back to a different time and place. This book might work well if taught or read in conjunction with historical lessons on pioneer settlement to highlight another aspect of the dangers and risks of westward expansion.
beccabgood1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love all the Little House books, but this has always been a special favorite. As with the other Little House volumes, it is a beautiful illustration of the love and support possible in family life; the beauty and humor that can bring joy every day. And yet, the characters are completely human, showing frustration and irritability with each other as well as the more uplifting emotions. What makes Long Winter different is its suspense and drama. It showcases skills that Laura Ingalls Wilder didn't demonstrate in the rest of the series. She is able to move seamlessly from lazy end-of-summer days, to the challenge of making friends and finding a place for yourself in a new town, to a gradual recognition of trouble, to life-or-death struggle, to a heroic rescue and stalwart determination to survive. And then, life goes on, much the same as it did before. No one gets killed; no enemies fight pitched battles. This may be an old-fashioned pleasure, but it still has a lot to tell us.
gillis.sarah on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is my least favorite Little House book. I'm not sure why, but I hated reading about the long winter. It just seemed boring to me.
StephJoan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved this book again. We (My three girls and I) just finished listening to this on tape in the car. It has infiltrated me. When we had a cold spell the other week I thought of it in terms of the cold Laura experienced. When I eat food I think how much Laura would have enjoyed it if she had gotten to eat it during that long hard winter. Laura gave us a real gift with her books. I love that we get to experience her life through her writing.
sagrundman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A continuation of the Little House on the Prairie Series, The Long Winter focuses on the Ingall's family's survival through a blizzard and hungry filled winter in the prairie of South Dakota.
Kiwiria on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's been insanely cold for an insanely long period of time (after Danish standards anyway), so I figured it was quite appropriate to reread this now. I read it in one sitting and enjoyed it as much as always. Definitely made me realize how lucky I am to live in a day and age where electricity, heat and transportation are things we can take for granted.My mum used to say that this was the most boring book of the lot. Perhaps for that reason alone I never felt so. I realize it's quite repetitious, but you get to follow an entire town during a difficult time, and get lots of survival tips... should you ever be in a situation where they're actually needed ;) If I remember correctly it's the only book not told solely from one person's POV which I think was a good choice as there would otherwise have been far too much telling and not enough showing.
Maggie_Rum on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This whole series is just wonderful!
silversurfer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Ingalls family and the rest of the town face 7 months of blizzards, food shortages and cabin fever. Once again, a really descriptive Laura makes you feel the cold and hunger pains in this tale. I loved it. She portrayed the family's strength and love that made the survive the Long Winter.
goodwink on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is a beautiful illustration of the love and support that is possible in family life. the characters seem very realistic and children can relate to the struggles that they go with.
puckrobin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Somehow when I recall this book, it's very 'sensory' - there's so much detail in Ingalls-Wilder's descriptions of everything from the way the cold felt, to the texture of fabrics and the sounds of the growing town around them. In this novel, Ingalls-Wilder begins to offer increased observations of interactions with her future husband, Alonzo Wilder. While not idealized in any way, the descriptions of the day-to-day accomodations that the settlers needed to make in order to survive an unexpectedly harsh winter hearken back to a time when the activities of day to day life took up much of the time in any given day. It always makes me wonder, since we have so much more technology available to us, all supposed to make life more efficient, to "save" us time, what are we doing with it?
selfcallednowhere on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Well, I survived [book: The Long Winter]. My copy still has a scrap of paper marking the place where my mom and I gave up on it when she was reading them to me, long ago. But it wasn't actually so bad this time. It was somewhat less fun than the other books just because there's not much happening, but it was still reasonably entertaining.
amerynth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Like all of the books in the series, "The Long Winter" tells the story of Laura Ingalls Wilder's days living in the American West. This volume is one of my favorites -- it tells the tale of the family's second winter living near De Smet, South Dakota and a winter that raged with blizzard after blizzard.While the family moved to town, the family rarely saw other people because so much snow was dumped on the area from October to April. Families ran out of food and fuel, including the Ingalls, and had to get creative to survive.The book is filled with heartwarming stories as the family works together and has some fun days along the way -- celebrating Christmas and trying keep themselves warm and happy.
neferset on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ahh, which did I love most, The Long Winter or Farmer Boy?

This is a great story of perserverance and just plain survival under some unexpectedly harsh conditions. When an extraordinarily harsh winter hits the Dakotas and the trains are unable to bring supplies, the underprovisioned homesteaders pretty much have to rely on their wits to last through the winter.

Reading about the simple gifts that Laura gave that Christmas makes you think, boy have Christmas expectations changed over the years. Living on wheat bread day after day for weeks, the clever light Ma constructed with axle grease as the fuel and the sticks of hay. My friend, Lynne and I actually visited DeSmet and saw an example of one of the sticks of hay, which was helpful because I really was having a hard time visualizing what one looked like.
candicebairn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really didn't like this book as much as other people seem to. I never read the Little House series books as a young girl, this is the first one I've read.
wordygirl39 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the series' scariest account, but also one of the most interesting what with Almanzo's entrance and Laura's early jump into adulthood.
hlselz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very good. Reminds me of the cold winters here in North Dakota.
jeriannthacker on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Part of the Little House series, the Long Winter details the difficulties that the Ingalls family faced during a months long blizzard.
Crowyhead on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This one still makes me feel cold when I re-read it. Quite the story of survival!
wenestvedt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After the Ingalls family moves to the Dakota Territory, they spend a miserable winter in town when the whole area seemed to freeze solid for months. I can't wait until my kids are old enough to complain about the weather: I plan to lie boldly that when I grew up in Minnesota it was like this all the time.
Hamburgerclan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite entry in the Little House series. The Ingalls family is settling down near the new town of DeSmet, South Dakota and their second winter there proves to be a nasty one. Mrs. Wilder does a great job of telling the tale, foreshadowing the long winter in the beginning and going on to tell how people cope as the cold weather hits and refuses to let up. One is almost tempted to think that the Ingalls family might not make it! Anyway, I'll have to find a way to keep this one on my shelf when the girls leave home!--J.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it!!!!!!!!