Book Review: On the Banks of Plum Creek

Book Review: On the Banks of Plum CreekOn the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Series: Little House #4
Reading Challenges: #LittleHouseRAL

Laura and her family find a new home in Walnut Grove, Minnesota, where the nearby creek and swimming hole lure Laura with dangerous, yet thrilling adventures. Too soon, their life is threatened when prairie fires and other strange events jeopardize their crops.

This was the forth book in the Little House on the Prairie series and was an okay read. This book follows the Ingalls family as they leave Kansas and travel to Minnesota. The family keep house in a dugout on the bank and as payment Laura’s father sells their two horses. The space is not very large and is quite unusual for them. Eventually Mr. Ingalls builds the family a spacious house with glass windows.

Now that the family only lives 2 1/2 miles from a town the girls (Mary & Laura) can attend school. Laura is very unsure what to think about school and is leery to attend school. So the girls head to school and there they meet new children. Some of the children are nice and the girls become friends with them, while others are not very friendly. We finally get to meet the infamous Nellie Oleson who not only calls the girls “country” but also looks down on the them and is mean to them especially Laura.

There were a few entertaining stories in this book – the 4-day blizzard and the multitude of grasshoppers. They are all worth reading about. And like I said earlier, it was an okay read and I would recommend it to others.


  1. I must admit as mean as Nellie is to Laura, I still felt sorry for Nellie when the leeches were on her! I had two leeches latch onto me during a Girl Scout canoe trip when I was 14 or so, and…YUCK!! 🙂 Nellie seemed like a typical bully in many ways. She definitely acted like a spoiled brat, demanding they play what she wanted to play, etc. I can only imagine walking on the grasshoppers in bare feet! Yuck again! 🙂
    Thanks for linking your review to the Read-Along!
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