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From the Mouth of Ma: A Search for Caroline Quiner Ingalls Paperback – November 26, 2015
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Robynne Elizabeth Miller is wife to an amazing Brit, mother to a glorious brood of adopted and biological kids, and makes her home in the snowy woods of Northern California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains. Besides her family, faith, history, music and cooking, writing has emerged as one of her greatest passions. When not glued to a keyboard, feverishly working on her latest project or caring for her energetic family, she can be found blogging at mylittleprairiehome.com and thepracticalpioneer.com.
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The picture that Robynne paints of prairie life reminded me of my great grandmother with her wood fired stove and flower sack dresses.
This book was tremendously disappointing. Pulled popular sayings out from the "Little House" books and attempted to source them... I flipped through, reading this book was like skimming along a puddle. For one thing, while this does correctly acknowledge the "Little House" books as novels, there's no real acknowledgment that Ma aka Caroline might not have said those exact things at those exact times - partly because these books were written by Laura as an adult and her daughter Rose. "Alls well that ends well. Oh let's google that and see where it comes from. Ok here's where it comes from, but why did Ma say at this time under these circumstances? Oh, I'd like to think it is because....blah blah blah."
The fictional books based on Caroline's childhood were much more interesting, decent reads.
I left this book still on a search for Caroline Quiner Ingalls.
Each chapter--except the first two, which are dedicated to outlining the purpose of the book and providing a bit of background on Caroline Quiner Ingalls--shares a little piece of Ma with readers: how practical and traditional Ma was in her daily life, her matter-of-fact opinions, how she valued honesty and forthrightness, what a devout Christian she was, how pragmatic she was while holding onto a dose of optimism, and more.
Miller discusses some things that bothered her about Ma from the Little House books--like her seeming lack of compassion for her children after the prairie fire that threatened their home in Kansas. She also dives into the many platitudes that Ma's character used in the books to help her--and readers-- understand more about who Ma was.
We end up with a well-rounded portrait of Ma with her unwavering love and devotion to her family and her desire to teach her children important and valuable lessons. Caroline Quiner Ingalls did not live an easy life out on the prairie, but as the author states, she navigated through it with grace and strength. For me, this book served to grow my admiration for a woman who embodied those characteristics and a pioneering spirit that helped create the country we know today.
I received a copy of this book from the author. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.
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