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Pioneer Girl: The Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder Paperback – February 2, 2000


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 and up
  • Series: Little House
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (February 2, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006446234X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064462341
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,438 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 2-4?An overview of Wilder's life accompanied by idealized illustrations that may blur the line between the facts and the fantasy presented by the TV series. Anderson touches on significant events: the places Laura settled with her family as a child and glimpses of everyday life; her marriage and adult life with Almanzo Wilder; and her work as an author. Andreasen's paintings, romantically rendered in warm tones, do provide period details, but often idealize the stark realities mentioned in the text. Readers old enough to be interested in Wilder will find this to be an adequate introduction but may find greater satisfaction in one of the numerous biographies that include some of the many photos of Laura and relics from her life, as well as a time line of her journeys. Her many fans will also appreciate Kathryn Lasky and Meribah Knight's Searching for Laura Ingalls (S & S, 1993), in which young Meribah Knight travels with her family to places featured in Wilder's books.?Susan M. Moore, Louisville Free Public Library, KY
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Kirkus Reviews

Anderson distills his 1992 biography, Laura Ingalls Wilder, into picture-book length, choosing details that readers will encounter, either directly or indirectly, when they get to Wilder's own stories: her family's restless relocations from Wisconsin to Kansas, back to Wisconsin, on to Minnesota, then Iowa, the Dakota Territory, and finally Missouri; the plague of grasshoppers and other misfortunes; the daily round of chores; and the events surrounding her marriage and later life. Andreasen provides lovely, serene paintings; by placing dignified human figures into carefully detailed landscapes infused with a soft golden light, he pays tribute to Garth Williams's classic illustrations before finishing with creamy portraits of the silver-haired Wilder at her writing desk and mailbox. Unlike Alexandra Wallner's Laura Ingalls Wilder (p. 1396), this volume is an engrossing pioneer story on its own, and a wonderful prelude to the Little House books. (Picture book/biography. 7-9) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By ChristineMM TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 30, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This picture book is a compacted synopsis of the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder, from her birth in 1867 to her death in 1957 at age 90. Children who are familiar with some or all of Laura's stories (or the TV show) will delight in hearing of her entire life. I have yet to meet a child who does not delight in Laura's life and stories. Even if a child has read the Little House series of books, there is something new to learn here as her life continued beyond what we know from the Little House series.
If a child has never heard of Laura before, I suspect that they may not be very interested in this book because the challenge of cramming a biography covering 90 years of a person's life within the publishing industry standard of a 32 page picture book, has hindered the author's ability to present many captivating stories and interesting details about her life. They may also not "get" the interest in her life (in particular) and perhaps may view this more as a story of "just" a life of a pioneer girl in more of a historical context of hearing what life was like in America back then. There is much to learn about "just" the Pioneer Days aspect of this book, though. (Although my wish is that all children would read and know the wonderful stories contained in the Little House series.) The book doesn't really capture the unique and endearing qualities of Laura's personality and it is not a funny book. The text sometimes seems to rush through her life seeming to mostly focus on why they decided to move to a new place and what they liked there and then repeating the format through her many moves. (Those of us who already know these basics about her life won't see a problem with this, it will then be seen as more of a nice synopsis and summary of her life.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ava Gunn (avagunn@writeme.com) on April 13, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Bill Anderson has done a wonderful job of telling the story of Laura Ingalls Wilder that can be read and enjoyed by both children and adults. Dan Andreason's illustrations are absolutely beautiful and complement Anderson's story very well.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Frank Murphy on June 18, 2000
Format: Paperback
This really is an outstanding and quite beautiful picture book! I never really read the Little House books as a kid. But I'm inclined to now. This IS a great prelude to those books. Incredible illustrations!
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Format: Paperback
Laura Ingalls Wilder has a fascinating life story, full of action, purpose, and suspense. Unfortunately, this biography does not do her justice -- it is pretty blah.

But the illustrations. Oh! I love the illustrations. Big, detailed, gorgeous illustrations. So... as far as I'm concerned, we hang onto this book for the illustrations and read the Little House books.

Hint: Even boys like the Little House books -- there is plenty of Indian adventure and pioneer work to satisfy them!
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Gave this as a gift to our resident Little House fan, and it was well received. "Where do you keep finding these?"
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By Vonna Driscoll on September 29, 2013
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Very Nice Book~~~Can't wait to give this to my Grandaughter. She will love it! Thank you for shipping this so soon. I needed it before Friday and you have met my expectations. Wonderful!
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