Who Was Laura Ingalls Wilder?
Patricia Brennan Demuth, Tim Foley
Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub
Age range: 8 - 11 Years
Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House books, based on her own childhood and later life, are still beloved classics almost a century after she began writing them. Now young readers will see just how similar Laura's true-life story was to her books.
Born in 1867 in the "Big Woods" in Wisconsin, Laura experienced both the hardship and the adventure of living on the frontier. Her life and times are captured in engaging text and 80 black-and-white illustrations.
calm, never complaining. Mary’s blindness greatly changed Laura’s life, too. Pa explained to Laura that from now on she would need to be Mary’s eyes. This new role became very important to Laura. Whatever Laura saw, she tried to help Mary “see,” too. Laura trained herself to observe details and bring them alive in words. Mary said that Laura made pictures when she talked. Laura didn’t know it, but she was preparing for her life as a writer. AUNT DOCIA The Ingallses were happy in Walnut Grove.
They didn’t know exactly where they would end up. This wasn’t the first time they had moved to a new home by covered wagon. And it wouldn’t be the last. They were part of a huge wave of pioneers pouring out of the East to settle the vast stretches of untamed land in the middle of America. To young Laura, this trip meant adventure. At nights, the family camped outside and Pa played his fiddle. Laura thought that “the stars were singing.” The Ingallses would enjoy many happy times like this. But
the next day. Laura was Ma’s oldest helper now. Together they worked day and night—washing bedding, cleaning, and cooking. Once, when Ma was sick in bed, Laura cooked for and fed the whole crowd by herself. In February, Pa filed a claim for 160 acres in the town of De Smet. What town? Except for its name, the town didn’t really exist. The location was near the railroad camp where the Ingallses had spent the winter. Pa also bought two lots in town. He built a store on one lot and moved the
life. ROCKY RIDGE ALMANZO AND LAURA BUILT A ONE-OF-A-KIND HOUSE ON THEIR ROCKY RIDGE FARM. THE HOUSE TOOK THEM FIFTEEN YEARS TO COMPLETE, USING MATERIALS FROM THEIR OWN LAND. A STAIRCASE WAS SOLID OAK, MADE FROM THEIR OWN TIMBER. CHIMNEY STONES CAME FROM THE FIELDS THAT ALMANZO CLEARED. A HUGE FIREPLACE WAS MADE FROM THREE ROCKS DUG FROM THEIR GROUND. TODAY, ROCKY RIDGE IS OPEN TO VISITORS. READERS OF THE LITTLE HOUSE BOOKS CAN SEE LAURA’S WRITING DEN UPSTAIRS AND THE DROP-LEAF DESK WHERE SHE
trails. Rivers and streams had to be forded. PRAIRIE SCHOONERS LIKE MOST PIONEERS, THE INGALLSES TRAVELED IN A COVERED WAGON. IT WAS KNOWN AS A PRAIRIE SCHOONER. A SCHOONER IS A BOAT. AND THE CLOTH COVER ON THE WAGON LOOKED SOMETHING LIKE A SAIL. SIX OR SEVEN ARCHED TREE BOWS, ATTACHED TO THE SIDES OF THE WAGON, HELD UP THE CANVAS TOP. THE WHEELS WERE MADE OF WOOD AND RIMMED WITH IRON. THE BED OF THE WAGON WAS MADE AS WATERTIGHT AS POSSIBLE SO IT COULD FLOAT ACROSS RIVERS AND STREAMS.