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Laura Ingalls Wilder : Storyteller of the Prairie

Wadsworth, Ginger

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ISBN 10: 0822549506 / ISBN 13: 9780822549505
Published by Lerner Pub Group, Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A., 1996

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Hardback : hard cover edition in good or better condition, some slight wear to edges, as normal for age of book. Excellent read. A good book to enjoy and keep on hand. Or would make a great gift for the fan / reader in your life. Size: American Literature. Bookseller Inventory # 5027461

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Title: Laura Ingalls Wilder : Storyteller of the ...

Publisher: Lerner Pub Group, Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1996

Edition: Clean and Unmarked Text.

Book Type: Biography / True Story

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Tells the life story of the author of the "Little House" books from her childhood in Wisconsin to her death at Rocky Ridge Farm at the age of ninety.

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How can a biographer summarize the early life of Laura Ingalls Wilder without seeming entirely derivative of Laura's own work? Although the first chapters read like summaries of the Little House books, Wadsworth (John Burroughs, The Sage of Slabsides, p. 229, etc.) rises to the challenge, providing background on Charles and Caroline Ingalls, and covering one of the saddest periods in the family's history (which Laura omitted), the death of their nine-month-old baby boy. Wadsworth then chronicles Laura and Almanzo's move to Missouri with their daughter, Rose; the death of their infant son; Rose's far-flung journalistic triumphs; and the close collaboration of mother and daughter, beginning when Laura was 63, that resulted in the original series of books. The use of black-and-white archival photographs and drawings from the series reinforces the notion that a biographer cannot separate most of Laura's life from the stories Laura told--and told better. Further, while Laura is a product of her times, reflected in her views of the Osage Indians (performing ``war chants'' nearby), Wadsworth never shows her as such, lodging herself unwaveringly in Laura's perspective and preserving the image of the harmless, hardworking pioneer to the last. (bibliography, index). (Biography. 8-12) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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