The First Four Years by Laura Ingalls WilderThe First Four Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder

The First Four Years

byLaura Ingalls WilderIllustratorGarth Williams

Paperback | April 8, 2008

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The ninth and final book in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s classic Little House series.

Laura Ingalls Wilder is beginning life with her new husband, Almanzo, in their own little house. Laura is a young pioneer wife now, and must work hard with Almanzo, farming the land around their home on the South Dakota prairie. Soon their baby daughter, Rose, is born, and the young family must face the hardships and triumphs encountered by so many American pioneers.

And so Laura Ingalls Wilder's adventure as a little pioneer girl ends, and her new life as a pioneer wife and mother begins.

The nine books in the timeless Little House series tell the story of Laura’s childhood as an American pioneer, and are cherished by readers of all generations. They offer a unique glimpse into life on the American frontier, and tell the heartwarming, unforgettable story of a loving family.

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts


Laura Ingalls Wilder was born in 1867 in the log cabin described in Little House in the Big Woods. She and her family traveled by covered wagon across the Midwest. Later, Laura and her husband, Almanzo Wilder, made their own covered-wagon trip with their daughter, Rose, to Mansfield, Missouri. There, believing in the importance of know...
Title:The First Four YearsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.34 inPublished:April 8, 2008Publisher:HarperCollins

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:006440031X

ISBN - 13:9780064400312

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Different! This book is written from a different point of view. It's hard to explain. However, what Manly and Laura had to go through, is unbelievable. I would've long given up!
Date published: 2017-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The First Four Years I loved reading about Laura all grown up. Interesting and different.
Date published: 2017-10-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So Different This is so different from all of her other books! However, it is still amazing to read.
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from wow i read all these books while i was a child. fond memories
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from cool she is all grown up now. still good
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Meh Not as good as the ones before, but a good segue to the Rose years if you plan on reading on (which you should, those are amazing).
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfection Just love all of these books
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Really enjoyed reading this series and seeing how Laura grew up. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfection A great end to a wonderful story.
Date published: 2006-06-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Cool! This book was very good, although it is written in a different style and is a bit harder to understand. It chronicles the first years of Almanzo and Laura very well, but the end is very unfinished. Still a great book!
Date published: 1999-07-27

Editorial Reviews

"The vast number of devotees of the earlier books will rejoice in [this] important sequel to These Happy Golden Years." (Horn Book)