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Prairie Girl: The Life of Laura Ingalls…

Prairie Girl: The Life of Laura Ingalls Wilder

by William Anderson

Other authors: Renee Graef (Illustrator)

Series: Little House

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This title tells the story of the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder, covering the events of her life from birth to death. As a child, I was a very big fan of the Little House series. This title includes bits of information I never knew about Laura Ingalls Wilder. For example, for part of her life, her family helped run a hotel. I also didn't realize just how often the Ingalls had to move. Though the adventures Laura had as a child and even as an adult are certainly interesting, the writing style of this title was rather dry. Anderson moves quickly from one event to the next, providing necessary fact, but leaving out details that would have made the work more interesting. Despite the somewhat boring text, the book still holds the reader's attention by moving quickly from one adventure to the next. I would recommend this book to fans of the Little House series. This would also be a good title for children learning about westward expansion. Simple language, a larger font size, and short chapter make this title accessible to children as young as 2nd grade. These same features make the book appropriate up to about the 4th grade level. Periodic illustrations by Renee Graef add to the character of the book and help create an image of what life was like not so long ago.
  foraclass | Mar 2, 2014 |
Good children's biography. ( )
  kathleen586 | Mar 30, 2013 |
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After supper, when the sky drew dark and flames danced in the fireplace inside the little log cabin, Laura Ingalls would ask, "Pa, will you please play the fiddle?"
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0064421333, Paperback)

Laura Ingalls Wilder's fans know her best as "half-pint," America's spirited pioneer girl who wrote about her childhood growing up on the prairie in the late 1800s.

Now noted Wilder historian William Anderson takes us beyond the Little House books and tells us about the real events that inspired Laura's stories, like the time that thousands of grasshoppers ate the Ingallses' crops. He also includes the experiences that Laura did not write about, such as the two years the family spent in Burr Oak, Iowa, running a hotel. Readers will also learn about the life Laura led with her husband, Almanzo, and their daughter, Rose, after the Little House books end.

Renée Graef's detailed artwork beautifully illustrates this engaging, accessible biography of one of America's favorite authors.

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A biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the "Little House" books, from her Wisconsin childhood until her death at the age of ninety.

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