These Happy Golden Years

ISBN-10: 0060581875

ISBN-13: 9780060581879

Edition: 2004

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Description: For the first time in the history of the Little House books, this new edition features Garth Williams' interior art in vibrant, full color, as well as a beautifully redesigned cover. Fifteen-year-old Laura lives apart from her family for the first time, teaching school in a claim shanty twelve miles from home. She is very homesick, but keeps at it so that she can help pay for her sister Mary's tuition at the college for the blind. During school vacations Laura has fun with her singing lessons, going on sleigh rides, and best of all, helping Almanzo Wilder drive his new buggy. Friendship soon turns to love for Laura and Almanzo in the romantic conclusion of this Little House book.

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Book details

List price: $8.99
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 5/11/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Wilder was born near Pepin, Wisconsin; attended school in DeSmet, South Dakota; and became a teacher before she was 16, teaching for seven years in Dakota Territory schools. She and her husband, Almanzo Wilder, farmed near DeSmet for about nine years and then moved to Mansfield, Missouri, where they lived out the rest of their days. Wilder did not write her first book, Little House in the Big Woods, about her early years in Wisconsin, until late in life, on the urging of her daughter, Rose Wilder Lane. It was first published in 1932. She followed this with Farmer Boy (1933), a book about her husband's childhood in New York State. She then completed a series of books about her life as she and her family moved westward along the frontier. Little House on the Prairie (1935) records the family's move to Kansas. On the Banks of Plum Creek (1937) describes the family's move to Minnesota. By the Shores of Silver Lake (1939) records the family's move to South Dakota, as do the final three books in the series: The Long Winter, Little Town on the Prairie (1941), and These Happy Golden Years (1943), which ends with her marriage to Almanzo Wilder. Three of Wilder's books were published posthumously: On the Way Home, a diary of her trip to Mansfield; The First Four Years, an unfinished book about her first four years of marriage; and West from Home, letters she wrote on a visit to her daughter in San Francisco, none of them up to the quality of her earlier books. At her best, Wilder employs a clear, simple style, a wealth of fascinating detail, and a straightforward narrative style. Her tales of a strong, traditional frontier family that endures the hardships of the late eighteenth century are seen through the eyes of a child, which endears them to young readers. Her work is possibly the best example of historical realistic fiction for children.

Laura Leaves Home
First Day of School
One Week
Sleigh Bells
A Stiff Upper Lip
Managing
A Knife in the Dark
A Cold Ride
The Superintendent's Visit
Almanzo Says Good-by
Jingle Bells
East or West, Home Is Best
Springtime
Holding Down a Claim
Mary Comes Home
Summer Days
Breaking the Colts
The Perry School
The Brown Poplin
Nellie Oleson
Barnum and Skip
Singing School
Barnum Walks
Almanzo Goes Away
The Night Before Christmas
Teachers' Examinations
School Days End
The Cream-Colored Hat
Summer Storm
Sunset on the Hill
Wedding Plans
"Haste to the Wedding"
Little Gray Home in the West
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