- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Lexile Measure: 1000 (What's this?)
- Series: Little House Nonfiction
- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins; Reissue edition (January 2, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060885521
- ISBN-13: 978-0060885526
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.5 x 7.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Biography (Little House Nonfiction) Paperback – January 2, 2007
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From Publishers Weekly
According to PW, this straightforward chronology "simply shadows and underscores" Wilder's tuniversally acclaimed writings. Ages 8-12.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
From School Library Journal
Grade 4-7-- This biography of the quintessential pioneer girl who lived the ``Little House'' stories and later captured them for posterity in her books is substantial in length and content. Like the subject's enduring series, it not only chronicles growing up on the frontier, but also pictures a way of life that has long since vanished. Many more people and events from Wilder's childhood and mature years appear here than in other juvenile accounts. Quotations from her works are woven into the text. Anderson brings credentials to the work, yet falters when discussing Wilder's awards. He states that Little House in the Big Woods (1932) became a Newbery Honor Book, when, in fact, On the Banks of Plum Creek (1937, both HarperCollins) was the first of the series so named. Compounding the error, he describes an Honor Book as ``the most outstanding children's book of the year.'' These inaccuracies aside, Anderson's colorful and detailed biography should prove popular with ``Little House'' devotees and students reporting on notable women or authors. Two sections of black-and-white photographs are included. --Pat Katka, San Diego Public Library
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
Top Customer Reviews
This book is designed to fit in with the current LITTLE HOUSE paperback design, which is handy. It is an easy read (written for the 9-12 set), but will interest those who want to know more about "the real Laura." I would recommend it over the other biographies I have read about Laura Ingalls Wilder because it is written to be interesting, not to be historically detailed. However, Laura's life was painted a lot rosier than it was in real life.
It was told with some actual quotes from Laura or Rose which made it nice. It was kind of story form but yet told almost as if the author was sitting beside you visiting with you.
This version didn't let on that the Wilder's had a very tough life, where as another book I read let me to believe their lives were very hard and Almonzo was ALWAYS sick. But he lived to be 90 and worked his farm almost up until his death. (As did Laura) It also told of her writing her stories and her interaction (when she was able) with children or adults in book signings etc. which again is different than I had read before as before they implied Laura hated to be out in public and didn't like children very much at all... but according to this biography she loved children and hated to not write them all back from the mail she received. Or she loved having visitors stop and she would entertain them with milk and cookies and often telling them her stories. I learnt quite a bit from this book
The reason I recommed this book is because it had told me a person's real life and it made me learn manythings that was helpful for my life. The main reason was that I like to read about biography books.
Anderson fills his book with facts about Laura's life that I have never read before. Laura chose not to write about every year in her life... this book covers some of them.
Excellent, terrific and informative book... wonderful addition to the Laura Ingalls Wilder Little House series. You will absolutely enjoy it!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Anything "Little House" I love!! It is alot of what I already read & knew, but I like the different format.Published 1 month ago by daiicyc
Loved, loved, loved this book. Lots of insight to Laura's real life Plan on buying the book set of her books.Published 2 months ago by D Indiana
This was a fantastic read. It brought more details and truths than the Little House Books. If you like Laura and her stories, you will love this book.Published 2 months ago by Tom or Virginia OMalley
If you are a Little House fan, or a Laura Ingles fan, this bio is for you.Published 5 months ago by David Schinkai
I loved it. I learned a lot about Laura Ingalls Wilder. It was quite interesting. Good readPublished 5 months ago by Camilia Frisch