On the Way Home
post written by Emma Filbrun
Title: On the Way Home
Author: Laura Ingalls Wilder
Major Themes: Laura Ingalls Wilder, Pioneers, Farming, Diary, Family Read-alouds, Autobiography, Travel, US History 1865-1900
Synopsis: When the Wilder family moved from South Dakota to Missouri by covered wagon, Laura kept a diary of the trip.
After we finished reading the Little House series, I asked the children whether they wanted to hear any more books about Laura and her family. They wanted to hear me read about the move Almanzo and Laura made from North Dakota to Missouri, so we found a copy of On the Way Home and read it. This diary of the trip they made by covered wagon was quite interesting, as was their daughter Rose’s introduction and the story she wrote for the end of the book, about their arrival at their new home and the first year or two in it.
We found the diary to be quite interesting. Of course, there is a lot of repetition, and a lot of description of places that don’t mean anything to us. However, we found Laura’s reports of the temperatures they experienced quite fascinating, and some of the people they met along the way were interesting to read about. My boys were quite interested, as well, in the distances traveled with the horses and covered wagons each day. I found it amazing to read about all the other people on the move, going in all directions!
Rose’s account of settling into the new home in Missouri was very interesting to read, as well. It took a lot of manual labor to get a farm to where they could make a living from it. This is a wonderful account of a family working together to make a go of it.
Read Aloud—Ages 8 – 12, 10 – 13, Family Read Alouds
Reading Independently—Ages 10 – 12, 12 – 15, 15 and Above, Adults
Links to buy On the Way Home:
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Book Depository: Paperback
Keywords: Laura Ingalls Wilder, Pioneers, Farming, Diary, Family Read-alouds, Autobiography, Travel, US History 1865-1900