|Plot Summary of The First Four Years|
|"As the story begins Laura Ingalls has just married Manly Wilder. Both of them are on cloud nine as they prepare to settle into married life and their small homestead on the prairie. Although Manly is set on being a farmer Laura advises him against it, saying that she fears poverty and being taken advantage of by the store owners. Manly makes a deal with Laura - he will farm for three years, at which time Laura will decided if farming is going well for the family. If not, Manly will choose another profession. Although both Laura and Manly see all the wonderful aspects of the prairie, neither of them is prepared for the hard times that will strike during their first year together as a married couple. Together they will face destroyed crops, illness, cash flow problems and the ravages of fire. As they welcome a baby daughter into the world both Laura and Manly wonder if their family will be able to survive the unpredictability of prairie life."
Sandra Calhoune, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The First Four Years|
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Tone of book?
Time/era of story
- 19th century
Life of a profession:
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Age 11-14
Exploring into the wild
kind of story
- colonizing/settling in new area
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
- White (American)
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Strong but gentle sense of humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- average physique
- natural phenomena
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 8 ()
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
Amount of dialog
- significantly more descript than dialog
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