Little House Sampler A Collection of Early Stories and Reminiscences

ISBN-10: 0060972408

ISBN-13: 9780060972400

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Description: For everyone who loves the Little House books--a reissue of a charming collection of early stories and reminiscences by Laura Ingalls Wilder, along with essays and writings from her daughter, Rose Wilder Lane, who was an award-winning writer. This charming collection of early stories contains many never before published newspaper pieces, stories and essays by Laura Ingalls and Rose Wilder. Inspiring the popular series, these works are a vivid and personal testament to American life and history as seen by two remarkable pioneers.

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List price: $12.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 4/14/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.31" wide x 8.00" long x 0.58" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Wilder was born near Pepin, Wisconsin; attended school in DeSmet, South Dakota; and became a teacher before she was 16, teaching for seven years in Dakota Territory schools. She and her husband, Almanzo Wilder, farmed near DeSmet for about nine years and then moved to Mansfield, Missouri, where they lived out the rest of their days. Wilder did not write her first book, Little House in the Big Woods, about her early years in Wisconsin, until late in life, on the urging of her daughter, Rose Wilder Lane. It was first published in 1932. She followed this with Farmer Boy (1933), a book about her husband's childhood in New York State. She then completed a series of books about her life as she and her family moved westward along the frontier. Little House on the Prairie (1935) records the family's move to Kansas. On the Banks of Plum Creek (1937) describes the family's move to Minnesota. By the Shores of Silver Lake (1939) records the family's move to South Dakota, as do the final three books in the series: The Long Winter, Little Town on the Prairie (1941), and These Happy Golden Years (1943), which ends with her marriage to Almanzo Wilder. Three of Wilder's books were published posthumously: On the Way Home, a diary of her trip to Mansfield; The First Four Years, an unfinished book about her first four years of marriage; and West from Home, letters she wrote on a visit to her daughter in San Francisco, none of them up to the quality of her earlier books. At her best, Wilder employs a clear, simple style, a wealth of fascinating detail, and a straightforward narrative style. Her tales of a strong, traditional frontier family that endures the hardships of the late eighteenth century are seen through the eyes of a child, which endears them to young readers. Her work is possibly the best example of historical realistic fiction for children.

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Preface
Prologue
Let's Visit Mrs. Wilder
Rose Wilder Lane, by Herself
A Bouquet of Wild Flowers
How Laura Got Even
Burr Oak, a Lovely Place
Thanksgiving Time
According to Experts
Home for Christmas
Innocence
Memories of Grandma's House
Grandpa's Fiddle
From Missouri
The Ozark Years
Laura's Land Congress Speech
Favors the Small Farm Home
The Story of Rocky Ridge Farm
So We Moved the Spring
It Depends on How You Look at It
Faces at the Window
A Place in the Country
My Ozark Kitchen
The Farm Dining Room
An Actual Noon Dinner in the Ozarks
Autumn
Thirty-Mile Neighbors
The Sunflower
My Work
Object, Matrimony
Dakota Territory in the 1870s and around 1880
Laura's Book Fair Speech
The Land of Used-to-Be
The Dakota Prairies
Epilogue
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