wJul 17, 2009

Old Town in the Green Groves

Written by Cynthia Rylant, this book inserts itself into the Little House on the Prairie series. There is a 2-year period between On the Banks of Plum Creek and By the Shores of Silver Lake that Laura does not cover in the books. During this time, the family moves to Iowa to help run a hotel. Her parents have a baby boy named Freddie, who dies while still a baby.

The back cover presumptuously lists "all of the Little House books," with Old Town in the Green Groves smack in the middle of the list.

On the first page, it opens with It was wintertime on the prairie, and I think that "prairie" is mentioned at least three more times in this paragraph alone. They aren't living on a prairie, though, they're living on Plum Creek by Walnut Grove! So annoying.

Ambitious fanfic writers could also possibly mine this book for slash overtones?!
Laura thought Miss Beadle was a fine teacher. She always looked so nice, in her pretty white bodice and her long black skirt and her dark hair pulled back and held with a comb.

The book also contains heinous, sanitizing language that I don't remember from the original books (feel free to correct me if I'm wrong).
Laura was like Pa. She never wanted to go back east to all the old towns and old lands. She wanted the new, clean west. She wanted the empty rolling fields of wild grass and the skies full of thousands of birds and the millions of stars shining down every night.

My nitpicks aside, this still wasn't a great book, and I thought that even the cover was pretty ugly. PASS.

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scribbled mystickeeper at 9:28 AM

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