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About the Author

William Anderson is an award-winning historian and author whose interest in the “Little House” books began in elementary school. Much of his research for this book was conducted on-site at the locales of the Ingalls and Wilder homes. He has been active in the preservation and operation of the Wilder sites in De Smet, South Dakota, and Mansfield, Missouri, and edits the newsletter, Laura Ingalls Wilder Lore.

Among Mr. Anderson’s other writings about the people and places of the “Little House” books are LAURA INGALLS WILDER COUNTRY, A LITTLE HOUSE SAMPLER, PRAIRIE GIRL, and LAURA’S ALBUM.

William Anderson currently lives and teaches in Michigan. You can visit him online at www.williamandersonbooks.com.



William Anderson has written extensively about the Ingalls and Wilder families. His books include Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Biography, Laura Ingalls Wilder Country and most recently, The Laura Ingalls Wilder Country Cookbook, for which he wrote the commentary. He lives in Lapeer, MI.

Leslie A. Kelly has widely photographed the many Little House sites nad artifacts. His photographs may also be seen in The Laura Ingalls Wilder Country Cookbook and Laura Ingalls Wilder Country. He lives in Huntington Beach, CA.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: Little House
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (April 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061255122
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061255120
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 7.1 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Alice Bright on December 4, 2002
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William Anderson has done a fabulous job in painstakingly documenting everything there is to see from New York to South Dakota that has anything to do with Laura Ingalls Wilder's "Little House" series. Ever wondered what happened to Pa's fiddle? Or if the house dug out from the banks of Plum Creek is still intact? This book has the answers. Complete with color photographs, addresses, phone numbers and maps, as well as ample background information, The Little House Guidebook is a must have for Little House fans everywhere. Even if you never get to visit these places, this book will take you there.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By KidsReads on June 5, 2007
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I read a number of the Little House books recently, and when I finished I was fired up to learn more about Laura and her family. Even though I can't plan a trip in the near future to visit the places Laura called home, I loved reading about each spot in THE LITTLE HOUSE GUIDEBOOK.

Each chapter discusses the location of each "little house," including places that Laura lived in but didn't write about. Almanzo Wilder's homes are also included. We see photographs and read descriptions of what each place looks like now, how and when each spot was honored as a Laura Ingalls Wilder historical site, along with suggestions for interesting places to visit and stay.

The first chapter, which deals with "the little house in the big woods" of Pepin, Wisconsin, tells the tale of how Charles and Caroline Ingalls (Laura's parents) were among the earliest settlers of western Wisconsin. One interesting note: the house in the big woods was actually the Ingalls's home twice. The family sold the land once, moving to Kansas. However, the buyer quit making payments and the Ingalls returned. As with many of Laura's little houses, the original cabin is gone but visitors can tour a replica.

The next chapter discusses the setting of LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE, near Independence, Kansas. Here we learn more about the land issues between the Native Americans and the settlers, which eventually prompted the Ingalls to leave their prairie home.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 27, 1997
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If you grew up reading the "Little House" books and wonder if all of Laura's homes are still in existence and how they look, then look no further than this glossy guidebook. Although many of the Ingalls' early cabins have been reconstructed within the past 20 years (in Wisconsin & Kansas, for example) you can see from these photos what the Kansas prairies, the Dakota plains and the former Big Woods look like. Laura's home in Mansfield, MO is still standing and so is the last Ingalls home in De Smet, SD (which Pa built after Laura married and moved out) and Manly's childhood home in Malone, NY...
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 30, 1999
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We used this book to plan our May trip to Kansas and Missouri. The directions were accurate and the information definitely added to our trip. We stayed at the Rosewood B&B (in the book, Kansas) and had a good time. This book is a must for any Laura Ingalls Wilder fan!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Mason on March 26, 2014
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I have recently finished reading and re-reading Mr. Anderson's guidebook. It was very readable with good descriptions and pictures of LIW things to see and do. I have read several books by William Anderson so have a lot of faith in his writings. Even if I never get a chance to actually visit those places described, I can imagine them by reading his books. If I do get to travel, I feel empowered that I now know what to see and where to go. Dreaming on ...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Buckner on June 20, 2011
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This book is perfect for the ultimate Little House fan. A guide to all the actual places that Laura lived, what they look like now, and directions on how to go visit many of these places yourself!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Slr on July 27, 2011
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Even if you will not be planning a trip to visit any of the Little House sites, this has a lot of interesting facts that are not in the box set of books.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Buresh on September 16, 2005
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Many Minnesotans have visited the original Wilder sites, but this book contains infomation that was new to even a jaded "Wilder" fan!
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