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By the Shores of Silver Lake (Little House) [Hardcover]

By Laura Ingalls Wilder (Author) & Garth Williams (Illustrator)
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Item description for By the Shores of Silver Lake (Little House) by Laura Ingalls Wilder & Garth Williams...

The Ingalls family moves again as Pa follows the railroad to the Dakota Territory. Sequel to On the banks of Plum Creek

Publishers Description

The adventures of Laura Ingalls and her family continue as they move from their little house on the banks of Plum Creek to the wilderness of the unsettled Dakota Territory. Here Pa works on the new railroad until he finds a homestead claim that is perfect for their new little house. Laura takes her first train ride as she, her sisters, and their mother come out to live with Pa on the shores of Silver Lake. After a lonely winter in the surveyors' house, Pa puts up the first building in what will soon be a brand-new town on the beautiful shores of Silver Lake. The Ingallses' covered-wagon travels are finally over.

Awards and Recognitions
By the Shores of Silver Lake (Little House) by Laura Ingalls Wilder & Garth Williams has received the following awards and recognitions -

  • Young Reader's Choice Award - 1942 Winner - Children's category
  • Newbery Medal - 1940 Honor Book - Children's category

Citations And Professional Reviews
By the Shores of Silver Lake (Little House) by Laura Ingalls Wilder & Garth Williams has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Wilson Children's Catalog 96 - 01/01/1996 page 605
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/1994 page 317

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Item Specifications...

Studio: HarperCollins
Pages   304
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.25" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.25"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Nov 3, 1953
Publisher   Harper Collins Publishers
Age  8-12
Series  Little House on the Prairie  
ISBN  0060264160  
ISBN13  9780060264161  

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More About Laura Ingalls Wilder & Garth Williams

Laura Ingalls Wilder Laura Ingalls Wilder was born on February 7, 1867, near Pepin, Wisconsin. From 1882–1885 she was a teacher in South Dakota. She married Almanzo Wilder in 1885. Laura and her husband, Almanzo Wilder, made their own covered-wagon trip with their daughter, Rose, to Mansfield, Missouri. There, believing in the importance of knowing where you began in order to appreciate how far you've come, Laura wrote about her childhood growing up on the American frontier.

Laura Ingalls Wilder has said that she and her sisters were busy and happy as children but loved Pa's stories the best. In 1932, when Laura was 60 years old, she wrote her first book, Little House In The Big Woods, so those stories would not be lost. She thought about how she had seen the settling of the frontier -- the woods, Indian Territory of the Great Plains, the frontier towns, the coming of the railroad, and homesteading on the prairie. She thought of writing the story of her childhood in eight volumes that would cover each aspect of the American frontier. These became the Little House series. Wilder finished the last book in 1943. On February 10, 1957, she died at age 90, on her farm in Mansfield, Missouri.

For millions of readers Laura lives on forever as the little pioneer girl in the beloved Little House books.

Laura Ingalls Wilder was born in 1867 and died in 1957.

Laura Ingalls Wilder has published or released items in the following series...
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  5. Little House (Original Series Paperback)
  6. Little House Chapter Books (Paperback)
  7. Little House Merchandise
  8. Little House the Laura Years (Audio)
  9. My First Little House Books (Hardcover)
  10. My First Little House Books (Paperback)
  11. My First Little House Books (Prebound)
  12. My First Little House Books: My Book of Little House Paper Dolls
  13. Writings to Young Women on Laura Ingalls Wilder

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Reviews - What do customers think about By the Shores of Silver Lake (Little House)?

my third favorite title by her  Apr 3, 2010
I love Laura Ingalls Wilder as an author. I think her books are interesting and well written. Her descriptions of events, places, people, and time periods cannot be beat and it draws you right in.
Back to the prairie  Jan 18, 2010
Plum Creek had seemed such a haven in the last book. After moving out of the Big Woods and the Prairie, Plum Creek apparently is no longer the right home for them anymore, thanks to poor crops and other junk in Minnesota. So onward they move!

There were plenty of hard times not covered in this book, though just a couple of things were mentioned. There is a wider gap of years between this book and Plum Creek than with the other books, I guess Laura Wilder didn't want to write out about these harsh events, not that I can blame her. Mary is now blind due to a bout of scarlet fever that hit the family during the interim between Plum Creek and this book. Another child (Grace) has been born, but what is not mentioned in the book is that there was another child (Charles) born in 1875 but he died before his first birthday.

So this book begins after this has all happened and Pa finds a new job and homestead so he can bring out his family, Laura's just becoming a woman (12-13 years old) as she returns to life on the prairie, which is very different to the way that pretty much all Americans live today, as there was a lot of isolation due to the low amount of people. Wow, life was hard back then but they managed! Overall this is a solid book in a wonderful series.
By the Shores of Silver Lake CD  Jun 29, 2009
Excellent series - am enjoying hearing it this time around as opposed to reading the books the first time around. Makes my daily work commute quite enjoyable.
This fifth book in the Little House series relates Laura's memories as a young teenage girl, as her family is on the move yet again: from Plum Creek to Silver Lake and town yet to be built. Eager to find "the real west" Laura struggles with the chores of a prairie woman while inside she longs to rush headlong into the new landscape with childlike enthusiasm. Pa's cheerful fiddle music and Ma's quiet maternal authority provide a warm, stable foundation for family life--whether in the big woods, in a bustling town or on the wide prairie.

Ma longs to settle down for good--not just because she craves social stability, but she wants to provide real schooling for her young daughters, two of whom she hopes to groom as future teachers.
Laura--known affectionately as "Half Pint" and "Flutterbudget" by her merry Pa--recognizes her gypsy nature; like Charles Ingalls she eagerly longs for new adventures westward. Can she settle into future town of De Smet?

Blinded as a result of scarlet fever Mary, the oldest, is reduced to holding 2-year old Grace in a rocker for most of the book, though she quietly reprimands Laura's grammar, ideas and behavior. Carrie is half child-half girl, almost forgotten in the middle, who both needs and gives care. She has a choice of role models to observe in her two older sisters. The family faces many challenges on the prairie wilderness and unsettled territory: a railroad riot on payday, horse thieves, wolves, an onslaught of spring rushers, murderous claim jumpers and a lost baby.

But this family enjoys many good times as well with warm, music-filled evenings by the fire. They use their talents and ingenuity to provide each other with precious Christmas gifts even without out a tree. Basic hospitality is sometimes strained, but an undercurrent of Christian obligation pervades. They are blessed by the loyalty of old friends like Mr. Edwards, and new friends like Mr. and Mrs. Boast. Combined with Garth William's charming pen and ink illustrations this book continues the saga of the lively, pigtailed girl from the Big Woods, who shared her life story with 20th century America--reinforcing the importance of traditional family values.
A story that settles into your heart from page one  Oct 25, 2007
Laura Ingalls and her family have been living along the banks of Plum Creek for over five-years now. While the lovely town has a school that Laura and her sisters may attend, it lacks much else; and Pa has spent countless years trying to keep afloat, and stop himself, and his family, from succumbing to death. Which is why Pa believes that moving West to Dakota Territory, is the best way to keep a roof over his family's head. Laura, couldn't be happier. As opposed to the rest of her family, which is content in living like a caterpillar, wrapped up in a cocoon; Laura is more like a butterfly, spreading her wings, and wanting to explore the world around her. And when they pick up their belongings and head West, that's exactly what she finally gets to do.

Now almost thirteen-years-old, Laura is no longer given the privilege of simply frolicking around throughout the day. Instead, she must help Ma prepare food, and look after the little ones. But the little ones aren't the only people who need looking after. The family was recently struck with a bout of scarlet fever, and while everyone manage to pull through, Mary lost her sight from the sickness, and must be handled with kid gloves. Laura, however, doesn't mind. She will do anything she can to help Mary adjust, and, just as Pa told her, she is Mary's eyes. Moving West is difficult with so many strikes against the Ingalls family, but things look up when Pa is offered a job as a bookkeeper, timekeeper, and shopkeeper. The job pays fifty dollars a month, and offers a homestead for the Ingalls family to reside in. Pa believes the job is a true blessing, and instantly scoops it up - looking forward to begin work, and find a new place for his family to live. But as they head towards De Smet, the Ingalls family realizes that they aren't the only ones heading West. With the lure of as much free land as you'd like, many people have decided to pack up and head to the warm West. While neighbors are welcome, the Ingalls family must watch their back, for many people are trying to steal the claim's of others, and if they're not careful, they could end up one of the families cast out of the rich new environment.

While the previous LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE books displayed hardships for the Ingalls family, and the friends and neighbors around them, none can compare to the sadness that accompanies the Ingalls family within the pages of BY THE SHORES OF SILVER LAKE, as they must contend with Mary's newly acquired blindness. That issue alone casts a somber shadow over the entire story, however, it does not make things any less interesting. Even with her handicap, Mary keeps a bright smile on her face, and shows that nothing can stop her from helping her family survive - from sewing to knitting, and everything in between. Mary smiles in the face of adversity, and truly becomes a favorite character in this addition. Laura, on the other hand, has truly matured since the previous book, ON THE BANKS OF PLUM CREEK. While she is still as jovial and fun as always, she has more responsibilities at this time in her life, and steps up to the plate without complaint. The family, in general, is delightful to spend time with. The warm, coziness of their home, and the fact that there is always something scrumptious simmering away on the stove provide readers with a comfortable, familiar feeling; while, over time, the characters begin to feel like family members whom you can't help but root for. A story that settles into your heart from page one.

Erika Sorocco
Freelance Reviewer

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