I’m still listening to the original Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder, and recently finished On the banks of Plum Creek.
Laura and her family move from their first home in Minnesota – a sod house built into the ground – into a fine house made of sawed limber. They talk of all the things they can afford now that the wheat crop is growing. Then, before it can be harvest, the wheat crop – and nearly every plant within miles – is consumed by a plague of grasshoppers. Pa must find other ways to make money to pay on the new house and buy the food needed for winter.
While this chapter in the Ingalls family’s history is full of drama, it is also full of love and hope. The family does what is needed to survive, all along they continue to cherish what they do have.
This book was number 85 on the Top 100 Children's Novels list. It also won a Newbery Honor in 1938.