Reviewed by Bev Scott Reading and preparing this review of Prairie Fires has been a long-term endeavor. Caroline Fraser has done a brilliant work describing the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder in the historical context of the time. She won both a Pulitzer and the National Book Critics Award. She begins the historical detail before Laura Ingalls was born in 1867 […]
Racism in the Little House Books?
Laura Ingalls Wilder is in the book news again. There are calls to remove her books from children’s libraries! ALA re-considers its award name The American Library Association (ALA) is considering removing her name from their life-time achievement in children’s literature award. The librarians are re-considering the name of the medal based on the treatment of Native Americans […]
It’s So Cold! Blizzard on the Prairie
It was a howling blizzard with below freezing temperatures and white-out conditions. My grandmother, crippled from rheumatoid arthritis, and her two youngest children, one of whom was my dad, lived miles from any neighbors. Dried corn cobs used for fuel for the stove to warm their modest one-room house were gone. The wind howled and […]
Laura Ingalls Wilder, American Author
Did you read one of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House book series when you were growing up? Or perhaps you watched the “Little House on the Prairie” television show based on her life which aired between 1974 and 1982. There was only the enormous empty prairie, with grasses blowing in waves of light and shadow across it, […]