By the Shores of Silver Lake (Little House Series: Classic Stories #5)

By the Shores of Silver Lake (Little House Series: Classic Stories #5)


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The adventures of Laura Ingalls and her family continue as they move from their little house on the banks of Plum Creek to the wilderness of the unsettled Dakota Territory. Here Pa works on the new railroad until he finds a homestead claim that is perfect for their new little house. Laura takes her first train ride as she, her sisters, and their mother come out to live with Pa on the shores of Silver Lake. After a lonely winter in the surveyors' house, Pa puts up the first building in what will soon be a brand-new town on the beautiful shores of Silver Lake. The Ingallses' covered-wagon travels are finally over.

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780064400053
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/08/2008
Series: Little House Series
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 597,514
Product dimensions: 0.00(w) x 0.00(h) x (d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867–1957) was born in a log cabin in the Wisconsin woods. With her family, she pioneered throughout America’s heartland during the 1870s and 1880s, finally settling in Dakota Territory. She married Almanzo Wilder in 1885; their only daughter, Rose, was born the following year. The Wilders moved to Rocky Ridge Farm at Mansfield, Missouri, in 1894, where they established a permanent home. After years of farming, Laura wrote the first of her beloved Little House books in 1932. The nine Little House books are international classics. Her writings live on into the twenty-first century as America’s quintessential pioneer story.

Garth Williams is the renowned illustrator of almost one hundred books for children, including the beloved Stuart Little by E. B. White, Bedtime for Frances by Russell Hoban, and the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

He was born in 1912 in New York City but raised in England. He founded an art school near London and served with the British Red Cross Civilian Defense during World War II. Williams worked as a portrait sculptor, art director, and magazine artist before doing his first book Stuart Little, thus beginning a long and lustrous career illustrating some of the best known children's books.

In addition to illustrating works by White and Wilder, he also illustrated George Selden’s The Cricket in Times Square and its sequels (Farrar Straus Giroux). He created the character and pictures for the first book in the Frances series by Russell Hoban (HarperCollins) and the first books in the Miss Bianca series by Margery Sharp (Little, Brown). He collaborated with Margaret Wise Brown on her Little Golden Books titles Home for a Bunny and Little Fur Family, among others, and with Jack Prelutsky on two poetry collections published by Greenwillow: Ride a Purple Pelican and Beneath a Blue Umbrella. He also wrote and illustrated seven books on his own, including Baby Farm Animals (Little Golden Books) and The Rabbits’ Wedding (HarperCollins).

Date of Birth:

February 7, 1867

Date of Death:

February 10, 1957

Place of Birth:

Pepin, Wisconsin

Place of Death:

Mansfield, Missouri

Table of Contents

Unexpected Visitor
Grown Up
Riding in the Cars
End of the Rails
Railroad Camp
The Black Ponies
The West Begins
Silver Lake
Horse Thieves
The Wonderful Afternoon
Wings Over Silver Lake
Breaking Camp
The Surveyors' House
The Last Man Out
Winter Days
Wolves on Silver Lake
Pa Finds the Homestead
Christmas Eve
The Night Before Christmas
Merry Christmas
Happy Winter Days
On the Pilgrim Way
The Spring Rush
Pa's Bet
The Building Boom
Living in Town
Moving Day
The Shanty on the Claim
Where Violets Grow
Evening Shadows Fall

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By the Shores of Silver Lake 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
They are very good and intresting for children and grownups to read. I am on By the Sores of Silver lake now.These books are very intresting.
amerynth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The fifth book in Laura Ingalls Wilder's terrific series of memiors about her life in the American west. This installment brings the Ingalls family out to South Dakota, where they spend a winter alone in new homesteading territory and see a town literally spring up around them as the snow recedes. I've found that Wilder's writing style has improved and I particularly enjoyed this installment's tales -- plenty of interesting historical tidbits and a few exciting tales as well (including fleeing from a wolf.) Although these books are written for a much younger audience (than me,) I'm very glad I decided to read through the series, as the books don't disappoint.
quaintlittlehead on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book sees the Ingalls family moving yet again, this time to Dakota Territory. The story begins with the family recovering from scarlet fever, at which point Mary has already become blind. It seems a shame that Wilder decided to skip what would have been the very moving drama of writing through this period and just picked up the story at the end of it; perhaps it was just too painful for her to relive. However, the prose she does attempt to devote to the subject suffers from a bit of oversimplicity; Wilder often mentions that she had to "be eyes" for her sister, but her descriptions are not really that descriptive, and she also notes in some cases that she just wasn't able to explain what she meant. The story further seems trite in the way it deals with Laura and her sisters growing up; Laura decides at several points that she "is grown up now" and will just have to do things differently because of that fact, but one gets the sense that she only thinks she has grown up and hasn't that much at all. The historical elements of train travel and homesteading somehow do not seem as interesting as the narratives in other Little House books, and many of the same themes from the other books, such as celebrations of Christmas, are repeated here. For supposedly showing the perspective of an older and wiser child, I would have expected this book to show more growth in storytelling and philosophical point of view than it did.
eesti23 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
By the Shores of Silver Lake is the fifth book in the Little House on the Prairie series and was so far my least favourite. The family have all suffered scarlet fever in Plum Creek, which left Mary blind. An offer of work takes the family West to Dakota Territory, where they become some of the first settlers in the new town of De Smet.
SeriousGrace on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you know the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder you know these two things. Little House on the Prairie is not the first book in the series (Little House in the Big Woods is) and By the Shores of Silver Lake is the fifth book in the nine-book series. You also know "the Laura series" are both autobiographical and historical fiction.By the Shores of Silver Lake is a continuation of On the Banks of Plum Creek. From Plum Creek the Ingalls family has moved to Silver Lake so that Charles Ingalls, the patriarch of the family, can help with the building of the transcontinental railroad. The Ingalls family is to become the first settlers in the town of De Smet, South Dakota. Told in third person by middle daughter, Laura, the shores of Silver Lake is an exciting place to be. She is happy to be out of the big woods and away from Plum Creek. Despite Laura's mother's admonishments to be lady-like and demure, Laura is irrepressible. She loves to run wild across the grasslands and go exploring. One of my favorite scenes is the wild pony ride she takes with Cousin Lena. Her spirit is as big as the unsettled territory her family has arrived to claim. She appears brave and adventurous although, interestingly enough, she would die if anyone knew she is afraid of meeting new people.
ovistine on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another excellent addition to the Little House series on audio CD. This is probably my least favorite of the books so far, as there's less frontier/pioneer material, but I think the next book will be better.
puckrobin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this installment of her autobiographical series, Ingalls Wilder and her family begin the move to the American West that will determine the rest of her life. These books were so much a part of my childhood - at one point my mother made me a "Little House" dress in pink gingham with a bonnet. Many of my "pretend" games involved me living as I imagined Laura and her family living. I have re-read them many times over, and when I have done so as an adult I was interested to consider the values and morals expressed in the book as being morals and values that I absorbed, sometimes even when those values were not necessarily taught in my family.
selfcallednowhere on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Well, I said I liked [book: On the Banks of Plum Creek] the best, but I think it might actually be tied with this one. It seems that as Laura writes about herself getting older writing becomes more mature, and the language in this one was really beautiful. But this book does have some of the saddest moments in it too. Now, onward to [book: The Long Winter], which my mom and I got stuck in the middle of and never finished.
wordygirl39 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Never my favorite. I think even as a child I sensed the desperation in Ma at having to move yet again, the family's unstable financial situation, Laura's struggle to become a young woman of purpose and meaning in a world that didn't expect that of her. Dark book, right from the early chapters when we learn Mary is blind, Laura's exposed to "rough men" with her "fast" cousin Lena, and she's forced to give away her childhood doll, Charlotte, that she later finds upended in an icy prairie pool. Lots of pain in this book.
hlselz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I didnt think this one was as good as the previous Little House books. But still enjoyable.
Hamburgerclan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the fifth book in the "Little House" series. The Ingalls family head west again to the wilds of South Dakota. They settle, of course, by the shores of Silver Lake and a town practically springs up around them. It's a slightly different tale of pioneer life--interesting in it's own right. It's not the best in the series, but it's still worth checking out.--J.
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InTheBookcase More than 1 year ago
The wonderful story of young Laura Ingalls continues to unfold in this book. There are cousins to have horse adventures with, there are trains to ride on, and a whole town to build. The Ingalls are the very first settlers in the new town of De Smet. What a fun and joyous time in this family's life. "Little House" books are always a heartwarming read.
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wendNJ More than 1 year ago
I read all the Little House books out loud each night to my 8 year old daughter and my husband. We all love them! My daughter loves Laura and her family and my husband and I are continually astounded at how self-reliant Pa and Ma are. I never thought my husband would enjoy these books, but it really has turned into a family event each night.
Zin More than 1 year ago
In 2010 we live in a world that revolves around technology. Children know all about the electronic devices available from tv, cell phones, to games. Yet, many have no clue that electronic games once did not exist and life was wonderful. Laura Ingalls Wilder captures the simple pleasures of life and all that nature offered to children in her book, By the Shores of Silver Lake. There was no danger running across a frozen lake, but when you come across a wolves' den, your chances of getting away rely on quick instinct. I totally recommend this book.
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ALL of Laura Ingalls Wilder's stories are excellent, I would highly recommend to anyone!! And the color versions of the book are better quality books as far as the paper, doesn't tear as easily...And the color really enhances the stories for children.