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Friday, June 5, 2015
It's a Quiet Village
Published: 1971 by Harper Trophy
First Published: 1941
Series: Little House #7
There were certain scenes I was looking forward to reliving when I picked this up. First was Laura getting to ride with Almanzo and the start of their courtship. Second was Nellie Oleson's return. I consider this my favorite of the series, which is why it was almost surprising how so much, besides the two events, felt new to me.
I couldn't believe how little I remembered of Laura's friends. Minnie, Mary, Ida, and Cap all felt new to me on this reread, like old childhood friends I had completely lost track of. Also all the literaries and parties were a pleasant surprise. I did remember that Mary goes off to college and that Laura winds up teaching by the end of this one, but I had forgotten how it happened.
One thing that did come back to me occurred when reading the calling card chapter. I remember how in 3rd grade I thought the idea of a calling card was the coolest thing, and decided that when I was a grown-up I would have my own, even if it was terribly out of fashion. Except now, I can't imagine myself ever having just a calling card with my name. A business card, maybe, but it's not quite the same.
Today I'm linking up with Blonde Undercover Blonde for Book Club Friday!