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Wilder was born near Pepin, Wisconsin; attended school in DeSmet, South Dakota; and became a teacher before she was 16, teaching for seven years in Dakota Territory schools. She and her husband, Almanzo Wilder, farmed near DeSmet for about nine years and then moved to Mansfield, Missouri, where they lived out the rest of their days. Wilder did not write her first book, Little House in the Big Woods, about her early years in Wisconsin, until late in life, on the urging of her daughter, Rose Wilder Lane. It was first published in 1932. She followed this with Farmer Boy (1933), a book about her husband's childhood in New York State. She then completed a series of books about her life as she and her family moved westward along the frontier. Little House on the Prairie (1935) records the family's move to Kansas. On the Banks of Plum Creek (1937) describes the family's move to Minnesota. By the Shores of Silver Lake (1939) records the family's move to South Dakota, as do the final three books in the series: The Long Winter, Little Town on the Prairie (1941), and These Happy Golden Years (1943), which ends with her marriage to Almanzo Wilder. Three of Wilder's books were published posthumously: On the Way Home, a diary of her trip to Mansfield; The First Four Years, an unfinished book about her first four years of marriage; and West from Home, letters she wrote on a visit to her daughter in San Francisco, none of them up to the quality of her earlier books. At her best, Wilder employs a clear, simple style, a wealth of fascinating detail, and a straightforward narrative style. Her tales of a strong, traditional frontier family that endures the hardships of the late eighteenth century are seen through the eyes of a child, which endears them to young readers. Her work is possibly the best example of historical realistic fiction for children. (Bowker Author Biography) — biography from Little House in the Big Woods… (more)
Little House in the Big Woods 15,505 copies, 274 reviews
Little House on the Prairie 14,879 copies, 221 reviews
On the Banks of Plum Creek 11,004 copies, 96 reviews
Farmer Boy 10,081 copies, 112 reviews
By the Shores of Silver Lake 9,400 copies, 65 reviews
The Long Winter 9,381 copies, 91 reviews
Little Town on the Prairie 8,824 copies, 73 reviews
These Happy Golden Years 8,457 copies, 59 reviews
The First Four Years (Author) 7,639 copies, 69 reviews
The Complete Little House Nine-Book Set (Author) 4,415 copies, 52 reviews
Winter Days in the Big Woods 1,497 copies, 27 reviews
Dance at Grandpa's 1,069 copies, 23 reviews
Christmas in the Big Woods 944 copies, 9 reviews
Summertime in the Big Woods 686 copies, 5 reviews
Winter on the Farm 659 copies, 3 reviews
The Deer in the Wood 605 copies, 4 reviews
Going to Town 566 copies, 7 reviews
Going West 553 copies, 3 reviews
A Little House Sampler 463 copies, 3 reviews
Sugar Snow 402 copies, 1 review
County Fair 344 copies, 1 review
Little House Treasury 326 copies, 1 review
Laura's Pa (Little House Chapter Book) (Author) 205 copies, 2 reviews
Laura's Ma (Little House Chapter Book) (some editions) 190 copies, 1 review
Santa Comes to Little House 116 copies, 1 review
Treasury of Christmas Stories (Contributor) 307 copies, 2 reviews
Diane Goode's American Christmas (Contributor) 274 copies, 3 reviews
Ten Tales of Christmas (Contributor) 144 copies, 3 reviews
Best in Children's Books 28 66 copies, 1 review
Teaching Genre Journals and Diaries (Contributor) 33 copies, 1 review
The Grandma Moses storybook (Contributor) 31 copies
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