As with the previous book in the series, we get an interesting look at how life was in an era gone by. The characters were mostly the same from the previous book, and both them and the new supporting characters were easy to connect with. However, I found the ending events of the book confusing, and wished for a more in depth explanation as to why the Ingalls family had to leave their home on the prairie. I remember wanting that explanation as a child as well! All things considered, it was an interesting re-read for me.