Purpose of this Blog...

You may have noticed that not all books are equal in capturing children's imaginations and in cultivating those innocent, tender souls. My goal is to help you find the ones that do!
(Painting by Mary Cassatt: "Mrs Cassatt Reading to her Grandchildren" -1888)

Thursday, August 4, 2011


You can find out everything you'd ever want to know about this adored author from the website Laura Ingalls Wilder, Frontier Girl.  All your questions will be answered about her family, her friends, her homes, the illustrators of her books, and even Pa's fiddle.

There are also lots of great links.  (Did you know that the book 1,000 Places to See in the U.S.A. & Canada Before You Die features the "Laura Ingalls Wilder Country" of De Smet, South Dakota?)

At the age of sixty-five, Wilder published the first of her eight "Little House" books, which she had been encouraged to write by her daughter, Rose. Who can say how many kids have been impacted by these stories about a girl raised on the American Prairie?

Here's the list, including their published date, title, and the years they cover (which was your favorite?):

1932 - Little House in the Big Woods 1871-1872 (Laura's age: 4-5)
Little House in the Big Woods Book and Charm (Charming Classics)
1933 - Farmer Boy (about her future husband Almanzo's childhood)
Farmer Boy (Little House)
1935 - Little House on the Prairie 1873-1874 (Laura's age: 5-7)
Little House on the Prairie 75th Anniversary Edition
1937 - On the Banks of Plum Creek 1874-1876 (Laura's age: 7-9)
On the Banks of Plum Creek (Little House, Book 4)
1939 - By the Shores of Silver Lake 1879-1880 (Laura's age: 12-13)
By the Shores of Silver Lake (Little House)
1940 - The Long Winter 1880-1881 (Laura's age: 13-14)
The Long Winter (Little House)
1941 - Little Town on the Prairie 1881-1882 (Laura's age 14-15)
Little Town on the Prairie (Little House)
1943 - These Happy Golden Years 1883-1885 (Laura's age: 15-18)
These Happy Golden Years (Little House)

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