Pioneer Girl: The Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder

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Long ago, when America was a land of dense forests and wide, open prairies, a girl was born named Laura Ingalls. She lived with her Pa and Ma and older sister Mary in a little log house among the big trees of Wisconsin.

So begins this remarkable story of the real Laura Ingalls, the pioneer girl who would one day immortalize her adventures in the Little House novels. In these books Laura wrote about the many covered wagon journeys she and her family made, and captured forever a ...

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Overview

Long ago, when America was a land of dense forests and wide, open prairies, a girl was born named Laura Ingalls. She lived with her Pa and Ma and older sister Mary in a little log house among the big trees of Wisconsin.

So begins this remarkable story of the real Laura Ingalls, the pioneer girl who would one day immortalize her adventures in the Little House novels. In these books Laura wrote about the many covered wagon journeys she and her family made, and captured forever a way of life that had disappeared by the time Laura herself was an adult.

Now, noted historian and Little House scholar William Anderson has lovingly threaded together the events of Laura's childhood and adulthood. His simple, glowing text is accompanied by Dan Andreasen's panoramic paintings, which bring Laura and her Prairies wonderfully to life. Together, the author and artist have captured the very essence of the little girl called "Half-pint," whose pioneer experiences and classic books have made her one of the most popular and enduring literary figures in America today.

Recounts the life story of the author of the "Little House" books, from her childhood in Wisconsin to her old age at Rocky Ridge Farm.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Laura Ingalls Wilder's many fans will delight in this inviting biographical overview in a picture-book format, graced by Andreasen's dreamy landscapes, glowing prairie skies and warm character portraits. In clear, workmanlike prose, Wilder historian Anderson (The Little House Guidebook) begins with Laura's birth in 1867 in a log cabin in Wisconsin and chronicles her many childhood adventures (moving with her family by covered wagon to the Kansas prairie, later to a sod dugout at Plum Creek, Minn., and on to the Dakota territory) and continues with the hardships and uncertainties of homesteading, marriage, births and deaths, and of a writing career that blossomed when Wilder was in her 60s. Anderson tells of a life that was fascinating for its sheer span (from covered wagons to automobiles) and a woman admirable for her pluck and determination. Though younger readers will have to read Wilder's novels to fill in the details of her daily life, this broad-strokes approach serves well as an introduction or reference in a pleasing visual format (including oversized type); one that early chapter-book readers will find inviting. Put this on the shelf right next to Little House in the Big Woods. Ages 7-up. (Feb.)
Children's Literature - Susan Hepler
William Anderson gives us an illustrated biography of one of children's most beloved writers in Pioneer Girl. This picture storybook explains how Laura's Pa inculcated in her the pioneering spirit. The book encapsulates the themes that fill her novels, and it follows Laura's growth from a spunky pioneer to someone whose fondest desire was to capture a bygone era for children. Full-page illustrations are soft, accurate, and have a historical sense that matches the text. 1998, HarperCollins, Ages 6 to 9, $15.95. Reviewer: Susie Wilde
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
One of children's most beloved writers is presented in this illustrated biography. This picture storybook explains how Laura's rambling Pa inculcated in her the pioneering spirit. The book encapsulates the themes that fill her novels. It follows Laura's growth from a spunky pioneer to someone whose fondest desire was to capture a bygone era for children. Full-page illustrations are soft, accurate, and have a historical sense to match the text.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4An overview of Wilder's life accompanied by idealized illustrations that may blur the line between the facts and the fantasy presented by the TV series. Anderson touches on significant events: the places Laura settled with her family as a child and glimpses of everyday life; her marriage and adult life with Almanzo Wilder; and her work as an author. Andreasen's paintings, romantically rendered in warm tones, do provide period details, but often idealize the stark realities mentioned in the text. Readers old enough to be interested in Wilder will find this to be an adequate introduction but may find greater satisfaction in one of the numerous biographies that include some of the many photos of Laura and relics from her life, as well as a time line of her journeys. Her many fans will also appreciate Kathryn Lasky and Meribah Knight's Searching for Laura Ingalls (S & S, 1993), in which young Meribah Knight travels with her family to places featured in Wilder's books. Susan M. Moore, Louisville Free Public Library, KY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060272449
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/1/1998
  • Series: Little House Series
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 7 years
  • Product dimensions: 8.92 (w) x 11.34 (h) x 0.44 (d)

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