Series: Little House #9
Published by HarperTrophy on January 2nd 2007
Genres: Young Adult
Laura Ingalls Wilder is beginning life with her new husband, Almanzo, in their own little house. Laura is a young pioneer wife now, and must work hard with Almanzo, farming the land around their home on the South Dakota prairie. Soon their baby daughter, Rose, is born, and the young family must face the hardships and triumphs encountered by so many American pioneers. And so Laura Ingalls Wilder's adventure as a little pioneer girl ends, and her new life as a pioneer wife and mother begins. The nine Little House books have been cherished by generations of readers as both a unique glimpse into America's frontier past and a heartwarming, unforgettable story.
The First Four Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder is the last installment in the Little House books. I had looked forward to the conclusion of the series and seeing the beginning of her life as a married woman.
Impressions On the Writing
The novel was not without its problems. Not only was Laura and Almanzo’s life difficult, unfortunately so was my ability to throughly enjoy the novel. It has been noted that Rose Wilder was the mastermind in the writing of the series. This final book cements this belief. It was mediocre at best. Laura rambled and lacked a cohesive thought.
The First Four Years was a disappointing ending to the Little House books and wished that Laura Ingalls Wilder had concluded her autobiographical novels with These Happy Golden Years.