Laura Ingalls Wilder
By the Shores of Silver Lake is the fifth book in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House series for children. The story opens in Plum Creek, Minnesota, where the Ingalls family is recovering from scarlet fever. The fever has left Mary, the oldest Ingalls daughter, blind. Pa is informed of a job opening at a railroad camp in South Dakota and decides to move the family to the new territory.
The book chronicles the ins and outs of the Ingalls’ life on the prairie, from a bustling railroad camp and a busy surveyor’s house to an empty Main Street store and a tiny claim shanty. The book presents new characters and reintroduces old friends.
The Little House books are true gems, and this fifth book of the series is no exception. Though written for children, these books have been (and still are) enjoyed by readers of all ages. I particularly enjoyed this book as we see Laura transition from a child to a young woman. Throughout the story, she struggles with this transition as she seeks to tame her wild ways and become more responsible for the benefit of her family.