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Laura Ingalls Wilder: Growing Up in the Little House
     

Laura Ingalls Wilder: Growing Up in the Little House

by Patricia Reilly Giff, Eileen McKeating (Illustrator)
 

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As a young girl, Laura Ingalls and her family traveled by covered wagon across the American frontier. Years later, when Laura saw tractors and airplanes replace horse-drawn plows and wagons, she wanted to record her childhood for her own daughter, Rose. Her stories became the beloved Little House books, the classic series that has captured for millions of readers

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As a young girl, Laura Ingalls and her family traveled by covered wagon across the American frontier. Years later, when Laura saw tractors and airplanes replace horse-drawn plows and wagons, she wanted to record her childhood for her own daughter, Rose. Her stories became the beloved Little House books, the classic series that has captured for millions of readers the essence of life as a young pioneer girl.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Fans of Wilder's popular Little House books will want to turn to this biography to learn which parts of the stories actually happened. Beginning with the first book, set in the Big Woods of Wisconsin, Giff supplies the pertinent facts. Important events, she explains, such as the death of a baby brother and later, the death of Wilder's own child, were left out of the series. This spare account of Wilder's experiences has a reminiscent air; in an author's note, Giff says she wanted children to know ``how difficult some of the times in Wilder's life really were.'' To this end her book is sadder than some of Wilder's fiction. Even after 20 years of journalism, Wilder felt ``I didn't know how to write'' and was asked to revise the first book, issued in 1932 when she was 65. Ages 7-11. (September)
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6 A brief biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder that may interest readers of the ``Little House'' (Harper) books. Obviously, a short biography of the author of nine autobiographical novels can't give readers much new information about her life. However, Giff does explain that Wilder started writing at age 65, after being encouraged by her daughter, Rose, and describes her life with Almanzo, the birth and death of a son, and her writing for local newspapers. Information about the Laura Ingalls Wilder award is sketchy at best, not stating that the award was first presented to Wilder, and stating that it is given ``to a children's author whose books are wonderful and loved by children.'' Giff includes quotes and facts from the ``Little House'' books, and her biography of the author should appeal to Wilder's fans. Margaret C. Howell, Cameron Elementary School, Fairfax County, Va.
From the Publisher
Praise for Women of Our Time: Laura Ingalls Wilder:

"Turn to this biography to learn which parts of the [Little House] stories actually happened."
—Publishers Weekly

"Should appeal to Wilder's fans."
School Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140320749
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
05/28/1988
Series:
Women of Our Time Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
5.12(w) x 7.82(h) x 0.19(d)
Lexile:
780L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 11 Years

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From the Publisher
Praise for Women of Our Time: Laura Ingalls Wilder:

"Turn to this biography to learn which parts of the [Little House] stories actually happened."
Publishers Weekly

"Should appeal to Wilder's fans."
School Library Journal

Meet the Author

Patricia Reilly Giff is the author of many books for children. She lives in Weston, Connecticut.

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