Sunday, February 13, 2011
By the Shores of Silver Lake - Laura Ingalls Wilder
In this section of the Little House series, Laura, a young lady of thirteen, moves with her family a record total of five times as they leave Plum Creek and all around the Dakota Territory, finally settling on a claim outside the town of De Smet. These environmental changes, ranging from a temporary shanty to an unfinished shop, kept the story moving and always provided a new area for my children’s imaginations. They loved reading about life in a railroad camp, thrilled at Laura’s adventures on the shores of Silver Lake, and marveled when the Ingalls family woke up in a half-finished building with a foot of snow on their beds. Throw in a few angry mobs and you’ve got a story that will captivate both young and old.
My Rating: 4.5 Stars
For the sensitive reader: There were a few small paragraphs that conveyed negative stereotypes of Native Americans, but I managed to gloss over them without incident
Sum it up: Best read within the context of the series, By the Shores of Silver Lake tells the fascinating tale of one family’s adventures as they journey from Minnesota to Dakota Territory. Each location offered a variety of new experiences that kept my young readers interested.