By the Shores of Silver Lake

Version: Unabridged
Author: Laura Ingalls Wilder
Narrator: Cherry Jones
Genres: Juvenile & Children's, Fiction & Literature, Literature, Classics, Historical Fiction, Classics
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Published In: October 2004
# of Units: 6 CDs
Length: 6 hours
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America's Original Pioneer Girl

Meet Laura Ingalls, the little girl who would grow up to write the Little House books.

Pa Ingalls heads west to the unsettled wilderness of the Dakota Territory. When Ma, Mary, Laura, Carrie, and baby Grace join him, they become the first settlers in the town of DeSmet. And Pa begins work on the first building in what will soon be a brand-new town on the shores of Silver Lake. "By the Shores of Silver Lake is the fifth book in the Laura Years series.

Reviews (3)

By the Shores of Silver Lake

Written by Anonymous from Auburn, CA on February 23rd, 2007

  • Book Rating: 3/5

My 6 year old really enjoyed this story. I was fairly engaged as well. Well read and paced just right for younger ears. Very enjoyable listen.

Very enjoyable

Written by Elizabeth Markman on February 2nd, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. The narrator did a great job with different voices and emotional inflections. The stories are simple ones, chronicles of a family's everyday life in the late 1800's. It does not rely on high drama, but instead instills a sense of the beauty of ordinary life. The Ingalls family lived with little, but they were truly grateful for what they had. Their contentment is enviable. The family demonstrated great ingenuity, resourcefulness, and love as they faced life's challenges. I recommend this book to anyone who appreciates the true riches of life...the riches which cannot be bought with money. Even more, I recommend it for those who do not yet appreciate such riches, so that they can learn from this simple, humble family.

by the shores of silver lake

Written by Anonymous from Duncan, SC on July 25th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

We have enjoyed all the L. House books. This one is great. I wish it would ship with all parts together though.

Author Details

Author Details

Wilder, Laura Ingalls

Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote the world renowned series of children's novels referred to as the "Little House Books" about her life on the American prairie in the late 1800's. She was born on February 7, 1867 in Pepin, Wisconsin to Charles and Caroline Ingalls. She moved several times with her parents and sisters. From Pepin they traveled by covered wagon to Independence, Missouri in 1868 and then on to Montgomery, Kansas. Because this was declared Indian Territory, the family returned to Pepin, Wisconsin until 1873 when they traveled West into Minnesota to farm the land by Walnut Grove, Minnesota.

While in Walnut Grove, the family lived in a sod house on Plum Creek. This became the inspiration for Laura Ingalls Wilder's fourth novel, ON THE BANKS OF PLUM CREEK. Becuase of the devastion of a grasshopper plague, the family picked up and moved to Burr Oak, Iowa for a year and then returned to Walnut Grove.

In the 1880's the family also moved to De Smet, South Dakota. Laura settled with her husband, Almanzo Wilder in Mansfield Missouri and stayed there to raise their daughter, Rose.

Laura Ingalls Wilder, with the help of her daughter, penned the first of several children's novels in 1932 at 65 years old. The series includes LITTLE HOUSE IN THE BIG WOODS, LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRIAIRE, FARMER BOY, ON THE BANKS OF PLUM CREEEK, BY THE SHORE OF SILVER LAKE, THE LONG WINTER, LITTLE TOWN ON THE PRAIRIE and THESE HAPPY GOLDEN YEARS. Laura Ingalls Wilder died on February 10, 1957 at the age of 90.