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The Real “Half-Pint” March 29, 2010

Posted by carol in Adventure, Fiction, Thoughtful Ramblings.

 Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder turns 75 this year!

 Wilder’s third book (after Little House in the Big Woods and Farmer Boy), Little House on the Prairie was published in 1935, long before my own childhood days. That doesn’t stop me from claiming it as one of my own personal favorites. Like many people, I first met Laura, Pa, and the rest of the Ingalls family on the little screen. The television program ran from 1974-1983 and then continued on in syndication. When I learned that the show was based on a series of books, I devoured them all. 

Laura Ingalls Wilder was born in the big woods of Wisconsin on February 7, 1867. By the time she was 13-years-old, Laura had moved from the thick Wisconsin woods to the wide-open Kansas prairie, out to the fertile Minnesota plain, and finally to a brand-new town at the end of a railroad line in the Dakota Territory.
At age fifteen, Laura became a teacher, like her mother. Three years later, Laura married a quiet farm boy from northern New York named Almanzo Wilder. With encouragement by their daughter, Rose, in 1932, Laura began writing her series of Little House books, describing her many wonderful memories of life on the pioneering frontier. 

For more information on Laura Ingalls Wilder, her family, and her books, visit:




 Laura wrote nine books in all, and, by the early 1950’s her books were being read around the world. Today her books are printed in over 40 different languages and cherished by readers everywhere. How many Little House books have you read?




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