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Don't Trade the Baby for a Horse: And Other Ways to Make Your Life a Little More Laura Ingalls Wilder [Kindle Edition]

Wendy McClure
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A compendium of ways to capture the pioneer spirit of the classic American author from a Little House on the Prairie expert.

In her spirited memoir The Wilder Life, Wendy McClure strapped on her sunbonnet and journeyed into the world of beloved Little House on the Prairie author Laura Ingalls Wilder. In Don’t Trade the Baby for a Horse, she shares what she learned from her crash course in “Lauraology,” along with her fiercely rekindled—even deepened—love for the series. McClure found that her encounters with the world of Little House proved instructive; after all, Laura’s world wasn’t all horehound candy and pig-bladder balloons. Somewhere between wandering in the Big Woods and wading through Plum Creek, McClure absorbed many notable lessons in “the Laura experience.” In Don’t Trade the Baby for a Horse, she recommends scores of tips, tricks, and observations gleaned in her pioneer pilgrimage, from the surprising intelligence of muskrats to the wonders of home-churned butter and the fierceness of bustles. Clever, warm and hilarious, Don’t Trade the Baby for a Horse is the definitive guide to living your life on the Wilder side—and essential reading for any fan of the Little House books.

Product Details

  • File Size: 140 KB
  • Print Length: 39 pages
  • Publisher: Riverhead (April 3, 2012)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007K3D5IE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #420,221 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great companion to The Wilder Life April 4, 2012
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I liked The Wilder Life and this short e-book has more stories and reflections in a similar vein. I read it pretty much in one sitting, but I'll be revisiting my favorites (like the two "pig parts" vignettes).
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Nice Addendum to The Wilder Life August 5, 2013
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If you read and enjoyed Wendy McClure' s wonderful tale of her journey in search of all things Laura Ingalls Wilder, you should also like this short series of essays that are really just a small selection of additional chapters that should have been included in "The Wilder Life". McClure pokes fun at her own fascination with the author of the beloved Little House books, and her stories bring to mind all of the delightful touches that I remember and loved so much. It's also great to learn so much of the back story of the life of LIW and family. At 2.99 for the Kindle edition, I completely enjoyed this short but very sweet bunch of essays about all things Little House.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Don't Trade the Baby for a Horse January 21, 2014
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I expected more from Wendy McClure. She usually makes me laugh out loud. I do highly recommend her full length books though.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Reasonable Essays August 10, 2013
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These brief essays by McClure don't have the development and sustained appeal that The Wilder Life does, but they are entertaining.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking, but short April 5, 2013
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The book was very enjoyable for anyone who loved the Laura books - it was like having a chat with a mutual friend. Her idea to discuss various points of Laura's lifestyle was a great idea, but I thought she could have gone further with it. Especially as she only started to discuss each point, then she was done. It's a shame she didn't take it all a bit further... more discussion points, more discussion.
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More About the Author

Wendy McClure is a columnist for BUST magazine and a children's book editor. Her essays have appeared in the The New York Times Magazine, The Chicago Sun-Times, and in numerous anthologies. She was born in Oak Park, Illinois, graduated from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and now lives in Chicago with her husband, Chris, in a neighborhood near the river.

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