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These Happy Golden Years

These Happy Golden Years

Написано Laura Ingalls Wilder

Озвучено Cherry Jones


These Happy Golden Years

Написано Laura Ingalls Wilder

Озвучено Cherry Jones

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Feb 7, 2017
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9780062657039
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The eighth book in Laura Ingalls Wilder's treasured Little House series, and the recipient of a Newbery Honor.

Fifteen-year-old Laura lives apart from her family for the first time, teaching school in a claim shanty twelve miles from home. She is very homesick, but she knows that her earnings can help pay for her sister Mary's tuition at the college for the blind. Only one thing gets her through the lonely weeks—every weekend, Almanzo Wilder arrives at the school to take Laura home for a visit. Friendship soon turns to love for Laura and Almanzo.

The nine Little House books are inspired by Laura's own childhood and have been cherished by generations of readers as both a unique glimpse into America's frontier history and as heartwarming, unforgettable stories.

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Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote the Little House books based on her own experiences growing up on the Western frontier. Just like the characters in her stories, Laura and her family traveled by covered wagon across the Midwest and experienced many of the same adventures. She finally settled down in Mansfield, Missouri, with her husband Almanzo, where she lived until she was ninety years old.

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  • (5/5)
    Timeless classic. Laura and Almanzo marry in this book and settle on his claim.
  • (5/5)
    This book sees a 15-year-old Laura gaining more responsibility as a schoolteacher and preparing for her adult life. Her perspective is so fresh and innocent as she mixes the burdens and fears of growing up with her natural inclination to want to be a girl, have fun, and see mean old Nellie Oleson get her comeuppance. The love story between Laura and Almanzo in this book is simply beautiful; it is a tale of romance blossoming from mutual companionship and respect, not from superficial appearances and physical lust. This is a particularly moving story to read if you are at a time of new beginnings in life, such as after a graduation or before a wedding. Laura speaks honestly of the childish hopes and fears hidden inside the grown-ups we all are forced to become, in a way that illustrates magnificently how little the human condition has changed in spite of all else.
  • (5/5)
    I love all of Laura's books, but if I had to choose a favourite, it would probably be this one. It picks up exactly where "Little Town..." leaves off and describes Laura's life now that she's suddenly a grown-up school teacher. I couldn't imagine teaching school at an age where I still ought to GO to school! It's fascinating. And the courtship between her and Almanzo is just adorable. I always finish this book with a content sigh :)
  • (5/5)
    See review for Little House #1
  • (4/5)
    Summary: Laura grows up and finds herself teaching school and finding her soul mate. Little House makes me long for those simple times when we enjoyed simple things and worked hard each day. Though the days are gone I can still chose to implement some of those lovely true principles into my home and into my heart.Quotes: "Everything is simple when you are alone, or at home, but as soon as you meet other people you are in difficulties. ""I hope that each of you can get more schooling, but if you cannot, you can study at home as Lincoln did. An education is worth striving for, and if you can not have much help in getting one you can each help yourself to an education if you try. "
  • (5/5)
    my absolute favorite Little House book.
  • (5/5)
    I love this book. It was always my favorite of the series. I thought it was romatic and beautiful in its simplicity. I read it more times as i could count as a kid and a teen.
  • (4/5)
    When we meet up with Laura again she is fifteen years old and off to teach school at the Brewster settlement, twelve miles away. This is a period of great confusion for her. On the one hand, she is still a child, wanting to go to school to learn and to be with friends. On the other hand, she is a young adult, wanting to teach school to earn money for her family. Mary is away at a school for the blind and needs help with tuition. As she says, "only yesterday she was a schoolgirl; now she was a schoolteacher" (p 1). During this time Laura's fashion sense is becoming more adult with floor-length dresses and fancy hats. She takes up sewing on Saturdays to earn money for new clothes. She is starting the receive the attention of Almanzo Wilder as well. While this attention is, at first, unsettling to Laura she begins to look forward to his cutter (winter) and buggy (summer) rides. Soon they are courting under the guise of taming wild horses, but I don't think I will be spoiling anything to admit their inevitable engagement seemed sudden and uneventful to me.Probably the most interesting part of the story was when Laura was negotiating her wedding vows with Almanzo. She doesn't want the ceremony to include the word "obey" in it. Almanzo is fine with that but when Laura learns the reverend also feels strongly about not including the vow of "obey" she is shocked. Yet she is not a feminist. She doesn't want the privileged of voting. Interesting.
  • (1/5)
    Wow-wee. I haven't read this much about dress patterns and sewing styles since that horrible day in my grandmothers bathroom after some bad lunch meat. While reading this aloud to the kids on the car I couldn't help but continually lapse into a Swedish Chef voice for Pa, An antebellum southern mistress for Ma, An earnest lisp-y twit for Laura and Lenny impression for her sisters (Tell us about the rabbits, George) to keep it the least bit interesting.

    On a side note, Laura Ingalls Wilder is a first rate braggart. Not a chapter goes by without Laura-as-author putting words into her sisters or friends mouths telling Laura-as-character how wonderful and special she is. Easily the most annoying and useless installment in the series.
  • (4/5)
    I loved the description of Almanzo's courtship. Despite Laura's reticence and shyness, Almanzo continues to seek her company and eventually win her heart. The ending chapters, when Laura is preparing to leave her parents home were so poignant - marriage is the end of childhood, even as it is the beginning of a new chapter in life.
  • (3/5)
    I like the relationship between Laura and Almanzo. It's very sweet and old-fashioned.
  • (5/5)
    These Happy Golden Years is an interesting change from even just the previous book in the series, though certainly very different from the first six. Laura is more adult in the stories and even takes on real work of her own - as a teacher. Her trials with trying to control a class of students, some of whom were older than her, and venturing into her first romance. It's interesting to read about how the courtship between Laura and Almanzo came about and how, despite Laura's attempts to keep Almanzo away. Most interesting is Laura's own form of 'feminism', which greatly varies from that of even twenty years later. Laura is against using the word 'obey' in her wedding vows, but not particularly in favor of votes for women. The stories are sweet and subtly romantic, lacking the overtures and public displays of affection of subsequent generations and all the sweeter for it.
  • (5/5)
    I've always loved this book. It's the end of the series as Laura imagined it, culminating with her marriage to Almanzo. All the hard things that happened after are left out and the readers feel a definite circular tie up--the story opened with Charles and Caroline beginning their life together and ends twenty years later with Laura and Almanzo beginning theirs together. Sweet.
  • (4/5)
    This wonderful series continues with a look at Laura's teaching experiences and continuing blossoming romance with Almanzo. Favorites of mine when I was younger, the entire series is a treasure.
  • (4/5)
    "These Happy Golden Years" is one of my favorites in the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. It picks up with Laura when she is 15 years old as she starts teaching for the first time and travels away from home. The center of the book is really the courtship between herself and her future husband, Almanzo Wilder. Like many other books in the series, it's a fascinating look at life as a pioneer out west -- it's particularly interesting to see how the country around the Ingalls family grows as well.
  • (5/5)
    Well, the unfinished business of my childhood is finally complete after finishing up this series. I thought it might be less interesting now that Laura was so much older, but it really wasn't. Her courtship with Almanzo is very sweet, and I was impressed by wanting to take the "obey" out of the marriage vows even way back then! It was a little hard for me to read about how sad Laura is leaving home when I'm about to do the same thing myself. And I'm sad to not have anymore of these to read! But I'm buying some stuff from the various spinoff series.
  • (4/5)
    Laura works as a teacher and becomes engaged to Almanzo.
  • (4/5)
    Well, here we are in China and all my books and the Seattle Public Library are back home. I had planned to read a number of my daughter's school books--the Sonlight curriculum is literature intensive--but of the two boxes of school materials we had sent out, only one has arrived. Oh, well at least that one contained some of the "Little House" books. This one the girls left sitting on the table and I happened to pick it up and then had to read it through. It's the second to the last of the series, the one where Laura is fifteen, is finishing school and is catching the attention of the young men in town. Like the rest, this book is well written with likable characters and vivid settings--check it out. Mrs. Wilder's books are truly an American treasure.--J.
  • (5/5)
    OK, I'll admit it. I'm an unabashed fan. I love everything about this series, from the descriptions of household chores, to the family characters, to the old fashioned morality. I love Garth William's illustrations. I love the memories I have of hearing my mother read these to us, and the memories of my own voice reading them to my daughter. And this particular volume pulls all the pieces into a gentle happy ending.
  • (5/5)
    I absolutely love these books. These were truly the happy golden years!
  • (5/5)
    Such great details of her romance and marriage .
  • (5/5)
    As always, enjoyed listening to Laura Ingalls Wilder & her life on the frontier. A good reading of it, too—you could hear her smile & I enjoyed her singing the songs Laura sang.
  • (5/5)
    Just as wonderful as 56 years old as it was 11 or 12 years old.
  • (5/5)
    I LOVE THIS BOOK I THINK EVERYONE SHOULD READ IT
  • (5/5)
    Timeless classic. Laura and Almanzo marry in this book and settle on his claim.
  • (5/5)
    We have just loved this whole series. It’s so dear and timeless. Thank you for including it in the membership.
  • (5/5)
    Wonderful book! My kids and I enjoyed it so much. The chapter about the tornado was their favorite.
  • (5/5)
    Laura is now working as a teacher and making money for her family. It’s been such a joy to watch her grow up and it’s hard to believe she’s a woman now. Almanzo courts her with buggy rides and I loved watching her show her strength and fearless nature as she becomes more comfortable around him. Definitely one of my favorites in the series. “The last time always seems sad, but it isn’t really. The end of one thing is only the beginning of another.”
  • (4/5)

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    I love the sweet romance between Laura and Almanzo. Laura works to help her family and her sister Mary. She has very little, but her family is loving and happy.

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  • (4/5)
    “I will build a little house in the grove on the tree claim. It will have to be a little house. Do you mind?”“I have always lived in little houses. I like them,” Laura answered.Laura moves from home and begins her teaching career- at 15 years of age! And she gets engaged to Almanzo Wilder! And we all know how that usually turns out! :-)This book is a cute one, as the courtship of Laura and Almanzo gradually plays out along many a buggy ride! It's been a long ride since the first book, and it's been interesting watching little Half Pint grow. I don't know what the last book will bring, but I think the end of this one is the way it should have ended:"It's a wonderful night," Almanzo said."It is a beautiful world," Laura answered, and in memory she heard the voice of Pa's fiddle and the echo of a song, "Golden years are passing by, These happy, golden years."Honestly, how could the series have ended any better? I'll guess I'll see...