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These Happy Golden Years (1943)

by Laura Ingalls Wilder

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Series: Little House: The Laura Years (8), Little House novels, chronological order (book 23)

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Laura has her first experiences as a teacher, and is courted by Almanzo Wilder.
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3.5 stars. Laura Ingalls has certainly grown on me over the last 7 books (minus Farmer Boy, since that’s Almanzo’s story) I’m not sure if it’s that she’s improved as an author or I just really didn’t like the moralizing of the first books, since that’s been toned down a little bit, at least.

Laura as a character is growing up, which I like. She’s still tomboyish (don’t tell her I said that!) but much more aware of her place in her family and society, and willing to put aside her own desires for the good of others, particularly her family. I like how her family is a unit, each person steps up to do their part, and as much as they possibly can to help the family. No one has to ask, Laura has the choice of working in town and is told she doesn’t have to help send Mary to college, but she chooses to for the love of her sister and her parents. When she does this, Carrie steps up (and volunteers Grace as well) to take over Laura’s chores and help the home continue to run smoothly. Not a single one of them complain, and there’s a thread of thankfulness as hard times are remembered and they see how far they’ve come from their little cabin in the woods.

This is also the first time I’ve seen a romance develop quite like this. I’ve read plenty of old fashioned stories of courtship and falling in love, but this is by far the most stark. One day Laura is bewildered as to why this man (because there’s at least 6 or 7 yrs difference between them, which seems like a LOT when your female protagonist is 16!) and the next day she likes going on buggy rides with him, and one more day and he’s asking her to wear his ring. I trust that’s how it actually happened, but there’s no wooing, there’s no moments when their eyes meet and one or both of them just “knows,” nothing seems to have been added to make the situation more appealing to young girls. I kind of like it, and it’s really the only way I can think of that Almanzo’s interest in Laura isn’t a little creepy, but it’s really different.

It still isn’t anywhere near a series that I love or want to read over and over, but I would consider adding it as a read aloud to my kids. Farmer Boy, the Long Winter, and this one have stood out in the series, it just seems kind of strange to jump right to the second half of the story to get to the “good parts.” ( )
  Annrosenzweig | Oct 15, 2021 |
Laura has her first experiences as a teacher, and is courted by Almanzo Wilder.
  BLTSbraille | Oct 8, 2021 |
Curious and curiouser. I wonder how Laura felt writing this book, and why it's almost impossible to read between the lines. If I ever write a paper on her... ( )
  OutOfTheBestBooks | Sep 24, 2021 |
We enjoyed this one, but not quite as much as the previous ones. There were a lot of descriptions of clothes that I think became a bore. ( )
  emrsalgado | Jul 23, 2021 |
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  pszolovits | Feb 3, 2021 |
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Laura Ingalls Wilderprimary authorall editionscalculated
Jeanmaire, Marie-AgnèsTraductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Williams, GarthIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Fifteen-year-old Laura learns that living away from home and teaching school can be a bit frightening when most of the students are taller than she is, but every week Almonzo Wilder arrives to take her to her family for the weekend.

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