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The adventures of Laura Ingalls and her family continue as Pa, Ma, Laura, Mary, Carrie, and little Grace bravely face the hard winter of 1880-81 in their little house in the Dakota Territory. Blizzards cover the little town with snow, cutting off all supplies from the outside. Soon there is almost no food left, so young Almanzo Wilder and a friend make a dangerous trip across the prairie to find some wheat. Finally a joyous Christmas is celebrated in a very unusual way in this most exciting of all the Little House books.

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts.

©1940, 1968 Little House Heritage Trust (P)2005, 2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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love this book

Cherry Jones does a fantastic job of bringing this story to life. it is very engaging

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  • Christi Kidd
  • 24-07-2018

Amazing story

I love this story I love listening to it and reading the books it's a great story

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  • Gillian
  • 10-02-2017

Faith And Love In Hard Times--

The muskrats know; they've built their walls extra thick. The birds know; they're flying high in the sky, in a hurry to get south. And Pa has a bad feeling.
"The Long Winter" chronicles a once-in-twenty-one years winter where blizzards blow for seven months. Laura and her family move to the town for the winter and there they realize they've been living in times that are far too progressive: As time crunches on, how will they get heat? After all, there never used to be fancy coal stoves. How will they have light? There never used to be new-fangled kerosene. It's all running out and the family has to fight to survive. Each three day blizzard has Laura hearing the War Cries from Indian Territory in its terrible raging howl.
But the Ingalls family is nothing if not determined, imaginative, headstrong, and creative. Ma and Pa will find a way, and Laura will do anything to help her beloved Pa out. From trampling hay, to twisting it.
There is music, and when Pa's hands get too chapped and swollen to play the fiddle, there is always singing.
You'll be on the edge of your seat with this breathtaking installment of the "Little House" series, rooting for the underdog, hoping against hope.
And you'll never take food, shelter, love for granted again...!

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  • C. M. H.
  • 14-11-2017

Beautifully Done!

I first read The Long Winter as a child, about 45 years ago, and it became my favorite of all the Laura Ingalls Wilder books. I still read my Little House books (OK, go ahead and laugh) as an escape from the stress and crazy goings-on in our modern world. I am so glad I decided to try this audio version. Ms. Cherry Jones gives a marvelous performance, and any fans of the Little House series will be sure to enjoy listening. Truly wonderful!

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  • Kerry Fields Wolf
  • 02-06-2018

Wonderful for all ages!

A timeless, essentially true story of the near starvation of a snowbound new prairie town and the brave families that survived it, told from the viewpoint of 13 year old Laura Ingalls. One of the best of the series!

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  • EG-Man
  • 09-05-2018

do this

as great as the others. listen to and read the whole series. it's one of our favorites.

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  • Russell Bernard
  • 25-04-2018

Winter can last for ever!!

I am always surprised with the turn of events in these books, I find the little twists to be fascinating. I loved Almonzo and Cap going to get the wheat to a place they had no idea existed. I loved the fact the Christmas turkey show up in the beginning of spring. These are wonderful stories that we should share with our kids and grand kids.

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  • Cornelia Young
  • 19-03-2018

Wonderful

These books are timeless. I love reliving the times of the 19th century Midwest. What these people endured! Beautifully written, narrated and fiddle accompanied!

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  • Italiana-Americana Mama
  • 24-10-2017

"Be Grateful For What You Have"

"Be Grateful... For what you have", my 7 yr. old daughter summed up after listening to The Long Winter.

The resourcefulness of the families, the town, and the selfless risk Almanzo and Cap took to find, then bring wheat to the starving town was astounding. Even after so much adversity through the long winter, Laura's family and the town were determined to beat the winter and starvation- and they survived. To God be praised!

As a family, we are renewed to choose to be grateful and humbled by the provision and bounty of food, clean water, and many things we have in abundance in our country. We thank God for His faithfulness throughout all generations and seasons of life, weather, and more.

We are grateful for the life lessons this author has taught us throughout the Little House Series. Blessings to all!

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  • Ms Winston
  • 05-09-2017

Another well read book by Cherry Jones

Cherry Jones is a narrator who is able to do a variety of voices including children and men of all ages!. This would make an excellent gift for any fan of Laura Ingalls Wilder.

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  • ME
  • 03-09-2017

great book and narrator!

I have always loved this story, but Cherry Jones does an amazing job performing it, just as she does the other little house stories I have purchased on audio!!

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  • AmazonUK
  • 31-10-2017

Amazing real life adventure

We (mum = read these books as a child, girl aged 9 and boy aged 7) LOVED this audible book. Lots of great questions and a realisation of different times for children.
Well read and performed.