Gr 4-7- Beginning in 1929 with the events that led up to the publication of Little House in the Big Woods , this readable biography further amplifies Wilder's life and correlates it with her books. Berne credits Wilder's daughter Rose with assisting her mother in editing and submitting her novels for publication. She does not gloss over the difficult life faced by pioneers in the latter half of the 19th century and includes events that Wilder deemed too difficult for young readers, such as subsisting through winter on little more than turnips. The many sidebars expand the text and provide facts about events, dwellings, immigration, and laws such as the Homestead Act that directly impacted the Wilder family. Shorter than William T. Anderson's Laura Ingalls Wilder (HarperCollins, 1992), this volume is packed with relevant material, a time line, archival photographs, quotes from primary sources, and an official Web site.-Kathryn Kosiorek, formerly at Cuyahoga County Public Library, Brooklyn, OH Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.