Old Town in the Green Groves: Laura Ingalls Wilders Lost Little House Years by Cynthia RylantLaura Ingalls Wilder wrote nine Little House books about her childhood growing upon the western frontier. But there were two years she didnt write about, two missing years that take place between On the Banks of Plum Creek and By the Shores of Silver Lake.Now, Newbery Award-winning author Cynthia Rylant has imagined what those lost Little House years were like, based on Lauras unpublished memoirs. The result is the first Little House novel about Laura as a young girl in almost 60 years, and a wonderful addition to the classic series.
When the grasshopper plague returns to Plum Creek, Pa knows all the crops will be destroyed again. He decides to take the family east to Burr Oak, Iowa, where he has found work running a hotel. But Laura longs to return to the tall-grass prairie and the unsettled west, to a place where Pa can play his fiddle in the open air and where she can feel free again.
Old Town in the Green Groves continues the story about Laura Ingalls -- a story whose wonder and adventure have delighted millions of readers.
Laura Days Celebration (Burr Oak, Iowa)
Burr Oak was platted in Grace Ingalls , the youngest of the Ingalls children, was born there in Hamlin Garland, noted American novelist, poet, essayist, short story writer, Georgist, and psychical researcher lived on a farm in Hesper Township, near Burr Oak during the s. As of the census  of , there were people, 70 households, and 43 families residing in the town. The population density was There were 80 housing units at an average density of
The site, however, is well worth a visit. Grasshopper plagues had devastated their farm near Walnut Grove, MN. Burr Oak had once been a bustling town, but its heyday had passed. Hard times continued after the Ingalls family moved into the hotel. They also had some conflict with the Steadmans. After a few months they moved out of the hotel. Charles took what jobs he could find, but money remained tight.
Video tour coming soon! While there, Baby Freddy became very ill. He died on August 27, , at the age of nine months. The family then went south to Burr Oak, Iowa. The Steadmans, friends from Walnut Grove, had purchased a hotel there, and wanted Pa to help manage it.