Pioneer Girl: The Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder (Little House Series)

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The pioneer spirit lives on...

Readers around the world know and love Laura, the little girl born in the Big Woods of Wisconsin and raised in covered wagons and on wide open prairies. Now Little House fans can learn more about "Half-pint" in this, the first picture book biography book of Laura Ingalls Wilder.

With a simple, glowing text by noted historian and Little House scholar William Anderson, and glorious paintings by Dan Andreasen, ...

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Overview

The pioneer spirit lives on...

Readers around the world know and love Laura, the little girl born in the Big Woods of Wisconsin and raised in covered wagons and on wide open prairies. Now Little House fans can learn more about "Half-pint" in this, the first picture book biography book of Laura Ingalls Wilder.

With a simple, glowing text by noted historian and Little House scholar William Anderson, and glorious paintings by Dan Andreasen, Pioneer Girl is a very special portrait of a writer whose classic books and poineer adventures have made her one of the most popular literary figures in America.

This picture-book biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder tells the remarkable story of the pioneer girl who would one day immortalize her adventures in the beloved Little House books. Written in simple, glowing text by noted Little House scholar William Anderson, and illustrated with glorious paintings by artist Dan Andreasen, this wonderful first biography captures the very essence of the little girl called ‘Half-pint,' whose classic books and pioneer adventures have made her one of the most popular literary figures in America.
This picture-book biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder tells the remarkable story of the pioneer girl who would one day immortalize her adventures in the beloved Little House books. Written in simple, glowing text by noted Little House scholar William Anderson, and illustrated with glorious paintings by artist Dan Andreasen, this wonderful first biography captures the very essence of the little girl called ‘Half-pint,’ whose classic books and pioneer adventures have made her one of the most popular literary figures in America.

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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Editorial Reviews

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 - 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.
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
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: 9780064462341
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/28/2000
  • Series: Little House Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 508,190
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.07 (d)

Meet the Author

William Anderson is an award-winning historian and author whose interest in the “Little House” books began in elementary school. Much of his research for this book was conducted on-site at the locales of the Ingalls and Wilder homes. He has been active in the preservation and operation of the Wilder sites in De Smet, South Dakota, and Mansfield, Missouri, and edits the newsletter, Laura Ingalls Wilder Lore.

Among Mr. Anderson’s other writings about the people and places of the “Little House” books are LAURA INGALLS WILDER COUNTRY, A LITTLE HOUSE SAMPLER, PRAIRIE GIRL, and LAURA’S ALBUM.

William Anderson currently lives and teaches in Michigan. You can visit him online at www.williamandersonbooks.com.

Dan Andreasen has illustrated many well-loved books for children, including River Boy: The Story of Mark Twain and Pioneer Girl: The Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder, both by William Anderson, as well as many titles in the Little House series. He lives with his family in Medina, Ohio.

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