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Book Title: By the Shores of Silver Lake|
The author of the book: Laura Ingalls Wilder
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 4.84 MB
Edition: Turtleback Books
Date of issue: October 14th 1953
ISBN 13: 9780606024884
Read full description of the books By the Shores of Silver Lake:Alright... By the Shores of Silver Lake... You ready, Eleanor?
Dad: Ok. Go for it.
E: Um. Well. My favorite paaaarrrrt waaaassssss.... hmmmmmmm... hmmm. hmmm. hmmm. Chapter 8? I thiiiink. I think, daddy. I think... uh... My favorite part was when they went out in the shanty, and when they got- do you want me to tell you the surprising part that I liked, or the regular part that I liked?
D: Start with the regular part.
E: My favorite parts were the ones with the littlest sister, Grace!
(Grace was introduced in chapter one. One of the first sentences says, "Mary, Carrie, and baby Grace..." Eleanor picked up on a funny thing though. They never actually say Grace is their sister. This was pretty frustrating for Eleanor, because she wanted to be CERTAIN that it WAS their sister before saying it. We talked about it being inferred, but that wasn't good enough for her. I had forgotten all about this, even though Eleanor brought it up quite a few times. It took all the way until page 180 before it was explicit: "And there on Ma's lap sat the littlest sister Grace, with her hair the color of sunshine, and eyes as blue as violets." When I read that part, El interrupted, shouting out "DAD! DAD!!! GRACE IS THEIR SISTER!!! Does this mean we don't have to infer anymore?")
(I just read what I wrote to Eleanor...)
E: Dad, I didn't mean to interrupt, I was just so surprised and shocked, I couldn't help it.
D: Yeah, don't worry about it. I love it when you get into the story. What other parts did you like in the book?
E: I liked when they talked about the Shepherdess, because they hadn't talked about her in a REALLY long time.
D: Anything else?
E: Something big happened to Mary, Laura, Carrie, Ma, and Pa! Men kept coming to their house, because theirs was the only house around. And they kept EATING AND EATING AND EATING.
E: It's the review now, so why do they keep moving and moving and moving?
D: What do you mean?
E: Well, because... when we read that book - you said not to ask that question, and wait until the review to ask it.
D: Oh, yeah. It's a good question. They moved a LOT, didn't they?
E: Yeah. Why did they? Did Pa like to move or something? Why did they keep moving and moving and moving?
D: I think, if I were Ma, I would have been very frustrated about this. How many times did they move? Do you remember?
E: They moved in Little House on the Prairie, from Wisconsin to... the Prairie. And then to Independence, Missouri. And then to the Creek. And to the Wonderful House - that was book 5 - remember, Farmer Boy wasn't about them.
D: Yeah, yeah. You're right. Keep going.
E: Then, to the Shanty. Then to the surveyor's house. And then to the one with cracks. Then to their claim. So, it looks like the one with the surveyors was 6 - which means they've moved 8 times so far.
D: You are really good at keeping track of this. I'm not going to fact check you.
E: What's fact check mean? And why are the Big Woods called Wisconsin?
D: I'll get to that later. Give me a minute to be impressed with you. I would have forgotten a couple of those places.
E: DAD! You still didn't answer my question! Why did they move so much?
D: I don't know. But maybe it was because Pa was never content. Maybe he thought the grass was always greener on the other side. That means he thought life would be better somewhere else, even though it would have been just as good where they were. Like, Pa thought the wonderful house was going to be wonderful... but he didn't know about the grasshoppers... If they would have just stayed in the big woods, they would have had to dig out all those stumps, but they wouldn't have had to deal with the grasshoppers - you know?
I think Ma's the best character in the books.
D: She's very self-less. And I think it's very admirable to be self-less.
E: I like Grace more.
D: Why do you like Grace more?
E: I like Grace more, because she started out like a baby, like Carrie.
D: So, you like youth? Young people?
E: Yeah. I like them to start out young, and get older and get older and get older...
D: Our family has 3 little girls and up until now, their family had 3 little girls. Do you think we need to have another little girl now too?
E: I think so, because... who will be Grace? That's what I wanna know.
D: Well, who are the other kids, and tell me why...
E: Me, Gwennie, and Poppy. Poppy's is Carrie because she's 1. Gwen's Laura because she's 4. And I'm Mary because I'm 6 and the oldest and Mary and I are blind. And Mary sometimes bosses Laura around, and I sometimes boss Gwennie around. Will mom be mad if I put that in the review.
D: I don't think so.
E: And sometimes Gwennie tries to boss me around too. And sometimes Laura tries to boss Mary around too, even though Laura's younger.
D: So this was another good Little House book?
E: Mm-hmm. Lets add (laughs) The Long Winter to the currently-reading shelf.
Read information about the authorIngalls wrote a series of historical fiction books for children based on her childhood growing up in a pioneer family. She also wrote a regular newspaper column and kept a diary as an adult moving from South Dakota to Missouri, the latter of which has been published as a book.
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