A Little Help

imagesA Little Help

by Kathryn

Have you ever needed help from a family member or friend? The book House on the Prairie, by Laura Ingalls Wilder, demonstrates how a little help can help you overcome anything. Laura Ingalls wanted to stay in the Big Woods, but Pa wanted to move west, since the east was getting too crowded. On their journey to their new homestead, the Ingalls family faces many problems. Almanzo and all their other new friends help them overcome many hardships.

At first, Laura didn’t want to move west. She knew it would be very dangerous for themt o travel at night in the wide open prairie. Sometimes, you may have doubts about what you’re going to do and wish someone else were there to give you advice or help you. She wanted someone else to protect her. When you are scared of doing something or going somewhere, you would probably wish that someone you know or is related to you would be there to protect you and comfort you. Laura knew there would be no trees, no water nearby, and neighbors that lived miles away. Often, unfamiliar surroundings can scare you and make you wish someone was there with you.

As Laura and her family traveled through the prairie, they faced difficult problems and made new friends. Laura and her family met a young teenager, named Almanzo, who escorted them to their homestead. Whenever you meet someone new that helps you, you tend to feel comfortable but uncertain. The Ingalls family’s home got partially destroyed by a blizzard, making the entire family lose hope. A tragic disaster can always be fixed with help from a friend or relative. Laura also made a new friend at her new school, named Ida Brown, who helped her when she was sad. Friends can help you when you’re sad, hurt, or just talk to you when you’re lonely.

Finally, when the Ingalls family got used to their new life, they came to love the prairie. Whenever the family got sick, Almanzo would rush in with a doctor. Whenever the family needed food, Ida, Laura, and their new friend Mary Power would skip down to the grocery store. With the help of family and friends, nothing could stop them. Every day Laura would skip in the prairie grass or take a walk with Mary, her sister. Laura came out every day and helped Pa plow the corn fields. The help of a family is always the best kind of help of all.

The author is trying to say that with the help of family and friends, you can do anything. At first, Laura didn’t want to move west, but as Laura and her family traveled through the prairie, they faced difficult problems and made new friends. Finally, when the Ingalls family got used to their new life, they came to love the prairie. Having help always helps you get through the hardest parts of life, and it never fails.

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