Pa played his fiddle on evenings when he wasn’t too exhausted from busy days while they were travelling and once they arrived where they would build their little house on the prairie. And often Mr. Edwards joined in to dance when he was visiting. Because neighbors were so few and far between, Pa’s fiddle playing was a special social activity.
Softly Pa’s fiddle sang in the starlight. Sometimes he sang a little and sometimes the fiddle sang alone. Sweet and thin and far away, the fiddle went on singing:
“None knew thee but to love thee,
Thou dear one of my heart…”
The large, bright stars hung down from the sky. Lower and lower they came, quivering with music.
Laura gasped, and Ma came quickly. “What is it, Laura?” she asked, and Laura whispered, “The stars were singing.”
“You’ve been asleep,” Ma said. “It is only the fiddle. And it’s time little girls were in bed.”
– From Chapter 4 “Prairie Day” in Little House on the Prairie
The two most popular songs from this book were Old Dan Tucker and Oh Susanna!
Songs from Little House on the Prairie
Green Grows the Laurel
Old Dan Tucker
The Arkansas Traveler
The Blue Juniata
The Gum-Tree Canoe
There is a Happy Land
- Hardcover Book
- Eugenia Garson, (Editor and Compiler) (Author)
- English (Publication Language)
- 160 Pages - 03/31/1992 (Publication Date) - HarperCollins Childrens Books (Publisher)
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