Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

A family of a father, a mother, Mary, Laura, and Carrie decided to leave their small home in Wisconsin and leave the country. They did this and never saw their home lost in the trees again. They decided to go to India. The father said that he wanted to live in a country with many wild animals where they would be able live in peace. They managed to obtain a new home. The mother was not sure of this decision, as their previous house was very warm and cozy. She did not want to abandon it. But they decided to leave until the ice on the Mississippi River melted; later they could not have passed there. The road was long and hard. They tried to go as much as possible every day. Once the family sold the horses and bought some new ones. The girls chose names for them.

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Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

A long time ago, Pa and Ma and Mary and Laura and Baby Carrie left their little house in Wisconsin. They drove away and left it lonely and empty among the big trees, and they never saw that little house again. They were going to Indian country.

Pa said there were too many people in Wisconsin now. Wild animals did not stay in a country where there were so many people, so Pa didn’t want to stay. He liked a country where the animals lived without fear. He liked to see them looking at him in the forest and eating fruit from the trees.

In the long winter evenings Pa talked to Ma about the Western country. ‘Let’s go see the West,’ he said. ‘The land is flat and the grass grows thick and high. Animals run freely and there are no settlers. Only Indians live there.’

Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

‘Oh, Charles, must we go now?’ Ma said. ‘The weather’s so cold and our warm house is so comfortable.’

‘If we are going this year, we must go now,’ said Pa. ‘We can’t cross the Mississippi River after the ice breaks.’

So Pa sold the little house in Wisconsin. With Ma’s help, he made a canvas cover for their wagon. They put everything into the wagon except their beds and tables and chairs. Pa could make new ones out West.

The next morning when it was still dark, Ma gently shook Mary and Laura until they got up. By the light of the fire she helped them dress warmly. They put on warm dresses and heavy coats. Grandmother, Grandfather, aunts, and uncles were all there to say good-bye to them.

Pa put his gun inside the wagon where he could reach it quickly. He put his fiddle between two blankets in order to keep it safe. Their dog Jack went under the wagon, and they drove away.

‘When we get to the West,’ Pa said to Laura, ‘you’ll see a papoose.’

‘What’s a papoose?’ she asked.

‘A papoose is a little brown Indian baby,’ Pa explained.

It was a long, long way to Indian country. Almost every day the horses travelled as far as they could; almost every night Pa and Ma stopped in a new place. They rode across the wide Mississippi River before the ice broke, and crossed many other rivers and creeks…

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