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Friday, March 02, 2018


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A fascinating glimpse into the reality of these books we loved as children.

Linda Brazill

Her real story and experiences were much more Dickensian than the books would lead one to believe. I could never watch the TV series because Michael Landon looked nothing like the Garth Williams' illustrations.

Lisa at Greenbow

I read this. It was interesting. I didn't ever read all of those books. I only saw some of the tv versions. I was intrigued by the pioneer spirit. Whether it was right or wrong strong spirited people made it happen.

Linda Brazill

You are right. Took strong spirits as well as strong backs to make it happen. Hard to even imagine the privations from inside our warm houses.

Loree / danger garden

I loved the series as a child, never read the books. It's doubtful I would ever read this book so I really enjoyed your coverage of it.

Linda Brazill

Among my close friends are a lot of school teachers, librarians and writers. They are all up on YA lit so it is often a topic of conversation when we get together for our weekly coffee. Another woman in the group read it and we bored everyone with our continual discussion of it.


“Life is not a song, sweetling.
Someday you may learn that, to your sorrow.”
― George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

I plan to read this book. I am sad that her life was not what it seemed in the "Little House" books, but the warmth that I experienced while sharing these stories with my mother is the lasting legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Linda Brazill

I think you are right that it is the reading and sharing of the books that is the legacy.


Thanks for letting us know about this book. I've read all of Laura Ingalls Wilder's books many times over as a child and an adult. I have not read any of the biographical accounts of the lives of any of the family. It is only very recently that I learned that Rose was a libertarian and either she or Laura had worked those themes into the Little House books, as well as left out some things that would not have been in line with that ideology. For instance, Mary's school for the blind was paid for by the state of SD while the book tells us Laura worked to put Mary through school. This would be the perfect time for me to read this book as it has been on my mind and I'd love to put the stories in the larger context of history.

On the lighter side, have you ever read Laura Ingalls Wilder's Fairy Poems? It's a sweet little book for gardeners that I stumbled across in a children's book section years ago. It is a compilation of some poems she had published in the San Fransisco Bulletin before writing her books.

Linda Brazill

I've never heard of that little book of Wilder's so I will have to see if I can find it locally. Thanks.

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