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Laura Ingalls Wilder and The Long Winter February 10, 2010

Posted by Donna in Fiction, Thoughtful Ramblings.

Laura Ingalls Wilder was born on February 7, 1867 in a log cabin in Wisconsin. She died on February 10, 1957. She is the author of the Little House series starting with The Little House in the Big Woods that was first written and published in 1932. I grew up crying, laughing and just plain ol’ loving all of the books in the series. I hated to see the series end. As an adult, I loved the television series starring Melissa Gilbert and Michael Landon. As a school librarian, I have enjoyed the spinoff series and students discovering the Little House books again. Wow! These book will go on forever!

This weather reminds me of The Long Winter, a Newbery Honor book that was first published in 1940. Set during the terrible winter of 1880-1881 in South Dakota, Laura is 14. The family moves into town when a Native American warns them that there will be seven months of blizzards. Food becomes scarce and they exist on potatoes. The family wonders if the winter will ever end. They finally enjoy their Christmas dinner in May. I certainly hope that we won’t have to wait until May for better weather….

…in the meantime, I’m going to keep reading and thinking “warm thoughts.”  ~Donna



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