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The life of a frontier farmer was full of the unpredictable. The real fear of wild fires, hail storms, failed crops, and grasshoppers was a part of everyday life.


Now the wheat was almost ready to cut. Every day Pa looked at it. Every night he talked about it, and showed Laura some long, stiff wheat heads. The plump grains were getting harder in their little husks. Pa said the weather was perfect for ripening wheat.

'If this keeps up,' he said, 'We'll start harvesting next week.'

The weather was very hot. The thin, high sky was too hot to look at. Air rose up in waves from the whole prairie, as it does from a hot stove. In the schoolhouse the children panted like lizards, and the sticky pine-juice dripped down the board walls.

Saturday morning Laura went walking with Pa to look at the wheat. It was almost as tall as Pa. He lifted her onto his shoulder so that she could see over the heavy, bending tops. The field was greeny gold.

At the dinner table Pa told Ma about it. He had never seen such a crop. There were forty bushels to the acre, and wheat was a dollar a bushel. They were rich now. This was a wonderful country. Now they could have anything they wanted. Laura listened and thought, now Pa would get his new boots.


-from On the Banks of Plum Creek

Shortly after this passage in the story, huge swarms of grasshoppers came and ate their carefully tended wheat crop only days before they were set to harvest. This happened to the Ingall's two years in a row while living near Walnut Grove, Minnesota.


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