On the Banks of Plum Creek

On the Banks of Plum Creek

Book - 1965
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Laura and her family move to Minnesota where they live in a dugout until a new house is built and face misfortunes caused by flood, blizzard, and grasshoppers.
Publisher: New York : HarperTropy, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, ©1965.
ISBN: 9780060264710
Characteristics: 338 pages :,illustrations ;,21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Williams, Garth - Illustrator


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May 04, 2021

I remember this installment of Little House being my absolute favorite, and it didn't disappoint all these years later upon reread. Laura and her family have moved from Indian Territory (Kansas) to Minnesota, where they first live in a dugout house by the creek. Eventually, Pa (as he does) builds the family a proper house. The children begin attending school and church in the nearby town, which is only a three mile walk from their new home. Laura swims in the creek and plays in the fields in the summer, and hunkers down to wait out blizzards in the winter. She details a few hardships, like a swarm of grasshoppers that ate all their grass and crops, drought, and poverty. They all muddle through with Laura's optimistic-to-a-fault father and her unmovable, stalwart mother. A must-read for those who loved Little House on the Prairie.

Aug 18, 2018

The book On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder is the fourth book in the Little House series. In this book Laura and Mary go to school for the first time and make friends they're like little children from town and meet Nelly Oleson, a spoiled town girl who does not like "country girls". There are parties, clouds of grasshoppers, and blizzards! It's my favorite book in the series and I love reading about all the troubles Laura's family had to overcome living on The Banks of Plum Creek. @Redibis of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Jun 13, 2016

Life is about to get interesting for Mary and Laura. School and Church with Nellie Oleson, a brand new house of machine sawn boards, not logs, and wrong decisions by Laura and Pa. Will they all survive?

this book is really good

Apr 15, 2013

I love these stories! Truly a timeless classic. A great read for the younger audience :)

Apr 15, 2013

this was my fav of the little house books I do not know why it just is! please read these books!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 15, 2012

i loved it!!!!!!!!!!!

May 17, 2010

Nothing goes right for the Ingalls at their new settlement in Minnesota. Their crops fail, they end up in debt because even though they don’t want to be beholden to anyone for the cost of a slate pencil they for some reason buy the materials to build a new house on credit, and the girls can’t go to school – their whole reason for returning to the East – because they can’t afford shoes. Still, with hard work and routine and observing the Sabbath, life goes on happily for several years beside Plum Creek.

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Jan 21, 2021

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SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 15, 2012

While the book makes the dugout seem idyllic, we learned when examining the dugout replica at the museum that it was tiny, dark, leaked water and I can only imagine was full of bugs. Dugouts were meant to be temporary housing and not built to last. No wonder Pa decided to build the house before the first wheat crop. No wonder Laura went on and on about china doorknobs and “boughten” doors on hinges and glass windows.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 15, 2012

The dugout site is marked with a massive sign which only serves to dwarf the small depression in the top of the creek bank that is the dugout ruins.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 15, 2012

After entering the property, you drive back on a gravel road a little ways to the creek. There is a circular area to park your vehicle and the site is well marked and has a number of informational plaques. The closest landmark is the big rock which is disappointing since they aren’t really sure if it is THE big rock described in On the Banks of Plum Creek in addition to it being mostly buried under thick layer of dirt and, when we visited, completely submerged in the creek.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 15, 2012

If you can read the sign you can see it’s reported to be location of the dugout ruins, spring, big rock, tablelands and plum thicket. I was most excited to see the dugout ruins though I was also really curious about the tablelands and the big rock.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 15, 2012

After spending an hour or so going through the Walnut Grove Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum, we got directions to the dugout site which is described in On the Banks of Plum Creek. It’s located less than 2 miles north of town on a piece of private property that the family has opened up to tourist for a nominal fee paid on the honor system. The story goes that the family purchased the land in the late 1940s and, when improving the property, took down an old dilapidated building that may have been the house that Pa built with lumber he got on credit. Not long after that Little House illustrator Garth Williams came through in search of the Ingall’s house and old dugout site. (See The Walnut Grove Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder for more detailed information.)

May 17, 2010

Then Ma told them something else about Santa Claus. He was everywhere, and besides that, he was all the time. Whenever anyone was unselfish, that was Santa Claus. Christmas Eve was the time when everyone was unselfish. On that one night, Santa Claus was everywhere, because everybody, all together, stopped being selfish and wanted other people to be happy. And in the morning you saw what that had done.


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SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 15, 2012

Having left their little house on the Kansas prairie, the Ingalls family travels by covered wagon to Minnesota and settles in a dugout on the banks of Plum Creek. Pa trades his horses Pet and Patty to the property owner (a man named Hanson, who wants to go west) for the land and crops. He later gets two new horses as Christmas presents for the family, which Laura and her sister Mary name "Sam" and "David". Pa soon builds a new, above-ground, wooden house for the family, trusting that their first crop of wheat will pay for the lumber and materials.


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