The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder is a must-read American pioneer children’s novel. David didn’t read the Little House books growing up and decided to read them all a few years ago. He thoroughly enjoyed them! So you are never too old to add this to your collection whether it is to read it for yourself or read it to your children.
The Long Winter tells the story of the Ingalls family surviving the epic winter of 1880-1881. And I do mean surviving and I do mean epic. They nearly starved to death when the trains could not get through to De Smet, South Dakota, due to the massive amounts of snow that fell in blizzard after blizzard after blizzard. (For a photo and more info, see The Meteorology of Little House on the Prairie.)
I know nearly starving to death doesn’t sound terribly cozy, but there is much to be gleaned from the story. Perseverance, resourcefulness, family and community are all significant themes in the book. There is a warmth that shines forth in The Long Winter even during the darkest of times.
This is part of my A Month of Cozy Books series!