Tuesday, July 26, 2011

A Trio of Laura Ingalls Wilder

This will be a short post today--let's just say I'm having computer problems, and I'm doing this post on my phone(ugghh).

"Prairie Girl: The Life of Laura Ingalls Wilder" by William Anderson

This book is a nice little biography about Laura and her family. The book is easy to read and very much suited to children. It is basically a summary of The Little House Books with some details that are missing from the books.

"Laura's Album: A Remembrance Scrapbook of Laura Ingalls Wilder" compiled by William Anderson

This is an interesting little book full of pictures and neat facts about Laura, her family, and her ancestors. If you've ever wanted to know what Ma, Pa, Laura, Mary, Carrie, and Grace look like, this is the book for you.

"A Little House Traveler" by Laura Ingalls Wilder

This book is a collection of Laura's journals she kept as she traveled. It is made up of "On the Way Home", "West From Home", and "The Road Back".
"On the Way Home" is a diary of the trip that Laura, Almonzo, and Rose made by covered wagon in 1894 from their homestead in South Dakota to what would eventually become Rocky Ridge Farm in Mansfield, Missouri.
"West From Home" is a collection of Laura's letters home to Almonzo when she paid a visit to Rose in San Francisco during The World's Fair in 1915.
Even though I had previously read both of these, the third diary, "The Road Back", made this book worth checking out. "The Road Back" is a record of Laura, Almonzo, and the dog, Nero's trip back to De Smet, South Dakota in 1931. This time they traveled in a 1923 Buick they named Isabelle.
They visited Grace and Carrie as well as old friends in DeSmet. They went to Ma and Pa's old homestead as well as their own. They drove during the day eating their breakfast at any diner, cafe, or restaurant they found acceptable. They always gave Nero their scraps and some milk. They slept in cabins at campgrounds along the way. Laura kept track of the money and constantly commented on the farms, crops, animals, and houses they saw along the way.

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