I forgot what a great kid’s series this is. It’s a simple story about Laura and her family’s life, moving steadily across the country and their struggles with settling during the pioneer times. This is the first installment, and it shows Laura living in Indian Territory. It’s a strange experience reading about a different time period, and it’s even stranger learning that these are based on true stories. In this time period, bears and panthers are a daily threat, meat has to be smoked and saved for the winter months, food like butter and sugar have to be churned and made at home, and Laura never meets anyone outside of her family until she traveled to town in the middle of the book. It’s a bit of a surprise to see how hard it was to live back then.