By the Shores of Silver Lake

By the Shores of Silver Lake

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Ma and the girls follow Pa west by train where they make their home at a rough railroad camp and plan for their own homestead.
Publisher: New York, Harper, 1953
Edition: Newly illustrated, uniform ed
ISBN: 9780060264161
Branch Call Number: J F WIL
Characteristics: 290 p. illus. 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Williams, Garth


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Jun 18, 2016

"On the moonpath, Carrie! Let's follow the moonpath!"

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 15, 2012

Caroline: Laura! Don't say "hate" - don't even think "hate"! I'm sure Nellie has her good qualities somewhere.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 15, 2012

Laura: I hate that Nellie Oleson!

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 15, 2012

Laura: Was NOT! Nellie was TALKING and I was ANSWERING.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 15, 2012

Mary Ingalls Kendall: You were, too!

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 15, 2012

Laura: I was NOT talking!

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 15, 2012

Mary Ingalls Kendall: And talking in class?

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 15, 2012

Laura: I wanted to clean the blackboards extra good today, to make up for being late.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 15, 2012

Nellie Oleson: I'll fix her. You'll see.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 15, 2012

Charles: Besides a few pounds, there's no difference.

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This book is so fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jun 26, 2015

this is a really nice book they are now moving to the west and experiencing new adventures.

this book is super good

7Liberty7 May 22, 2013

Besides Mary's blindness and the cons of moving, I was excited that after their years at Plum Creek they would move West where the land was wilder and unexpected things happened (which would provide more adventures). This book makes a turning point in all of their lives. I really loved reading this book!

Dec 15, 2012

i loved the earlier years of this series better than the older ones but their were all very special to watch.
The kids grew up on the series and that was special too. They went on to do wonderful things in their lifes after the series ended.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 15, 2012

i love this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

May 17, 2010

The scarlet fever that lays the family low, leaves Mary blind and precedes Pa’s decision to move West again unfortunately happens before the first page. Perhaps that tragedy would be too much for tiny homesteaders to experience, so instead this book passes its time with the smaller hardships of settlers’ daily life. Laura’s biggest hardship of all is being as good as her parents want her to be when some days all she wants to do is fling herself on the flowery prairie grass and roll like a colt.

Almanzo Wilder, Laura’s future husband, makes a fleeting appearance at the end of the book as he flies past them on the prairie with his team of beautiful horses.


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blue_hamster_675 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 9

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SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 15, 2012

The story begins in Plum Creek, shortly after the family has recovered from the scarlet fever which caused Mary to become blind. The family welcomes a visit from Aunt Docia, whom they had not seen for several years. She suggests that Pa and Ma move out west to Dakota Territory and offers Pa a job working as the bookkeeper in Uncle Henry’s railroad camp for fifty dollars a month. Ma and Pa agree because the money will relieve their debts and Pa can look for a homestead while he works.


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