The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Describe it in 25 words or less. The Ingalls must endure a very long winter in their new town.
Genre: Children’s Classic Literature
Who was your favorite character and why? Royal because he was very level-headed and kind.
Who was your least favorite character and why? Ma because she was too rigid and almost unfeeling.
Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while? It was immediately interesting, but captured the feeling of enduring a long winter so completely, that I really just wanted it to be over about half way through.
What did you think of the ending? I felt a great sense of relief that it was over just like I feel after an actual long winter.
What was the moral of the story? Everything is temporary, even long, miserable winters.
Did you learn anything? Lots about how to survive extreme winters.
Favorite quote: “These times are too progressive. Everything has changed too fast. Railroads and telegraph and kerosene and coal stoves—they’re good things to have but the trouble is folks get to depend on ’em.” – Pa
What would you change? I would have read it in summer instead of in winter. It made me feel even more depressed and cold than I already was.
Have you read other books by the same author? The girls and I are reading the whole Little House series. You can see reviews of some of the other books in the series here.
Who would you recommend it to? Anyone who has ever complained about how long and boring winter is.
Number of unknown words: 0
Craft/Activity: Make a button lamp.
Recipe: Ground Cherry Preserves
What is the worst winter you’ve ever endured?