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The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Frontier Landscapes that Inspired the Little House Books Hardcover – September 20, 2017
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“Lavishly illustrated with photographs, drawings, maps, and, notably, a selection of Helen Sewell and Garth Williams’ illustrations from the Little House books. . . . the book is a feast of opportunity for dedicated Wilder fans and enthusiastic gardeners everywhere.” —Booklist
“McDowell commemorates the 150th birthday of Laura Ingalls Wilder with a captivating look at the beloved Little House on the Prairie author’s relationship with nature. . . . McDowell’s warm descriptions of the author, her times, and the plants she loved provide a wonderful companion to Wilder’s books, while instructions on growing a Little House–inspired garden add an interactive component. Gardeners, botanists, and fans of Wilder will love this book.” —Publishers Weekly
“Readers who fondly remember Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books will delight in this biography. . . . A well-researched, beautifully illustrated title that entwines the natural world depicted in Wilder’s books with her life as a settler, farmer, and writer.” —Library Journal
“[With] historical maps, photographs, botanical drawings, original illustrations by Helen Sewell and Garth Williams, and the ample descriptions of scenery in the series. . . Marta McDowell provides a snapshot of the gardens, plants and land that influenced Laura Ingalls Wilder's frontier life in the Little House books.” —Shelf Awareness
“A narrative that is accessible to advanced younger and seasoned readers alike. . . this work is a lovely gift for anyone who loves or has loved the Little House books.” —NYBG’s Plant Talk
“Like the ‘Little House’ books themselves, [this is] a story of a slice of garden history, and an evolving American landscape of the imprint the pioneers had on it, and it had on them too. A tale of their intimate connection with the natural world, and of what McDowell calls Laura’s wild and beautiful life.” —A Way to Garden
“A lively, detailed look at Wilder's plant, farm and garden interests in the many places she lived.” —Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“It's a beautifully produced book on quality paper. Marvelous illustrations, maps and photographs, illuminate McDowell's well-researched, engaging text. There are plenty of detailed descriptions of the plants and landscapes Wilder loved.” —New Jersey Herald
From the Back Cover
“One morning the whole world was delicately silvered. Every blade of grass was silvery and the path had a thin sheen. . . . When the sun came up, the whole prairie sparkled. Millions of tiny, tiny sparks of color blazed on the grasses.” —from On The Banks of Plum Creek, by Laura Ingalls Wilder
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Succinctly, if you liked the Little House books, you will LOVE this book. First off, the book itself is gorgeous! I am a hardcore bibliophile. I love the look, the texture, the feel, and yes, even the smell, of real books. This book is over the top in excellence. The size of the book is great, big but not too big. The paper is thick and creamy. The text is crisp and readable. The pictures are reproduced--well, I don't know how I am supposed to say this, but they are bright and bold where they should be, yet subdued and gentle where they need to be.
The amount of information in this book is staggering, and yet it is quite engaging. As you may have read in the information given about the book, each chapter is a different location where Laura or Almanzo lived. The layout of the book takes you from site to site while telling you all about the land and native plants and trees and the people and animals that lived in the area before, well, before white people came and "tamed" the land. (That part was good and bad, so we won't go there.) The illustrations are stellar! I really liked the fact that she showed so many of the plants that Laura was familiar with, neatly integrated into the story line. No flipping back and forth pages and pages. She talks about varities of violets or roses, and bam, there is the photo. It is filled with photos, period illustrations, and illustrations from both Helen Sewell (and Boyle?) and Garth Williams. I found it absolutely enchanting. Even though I have read so much about Laura Ingalls Wilder, I still enjoyed the book. And to show you what a big geek I am, when I saw a picture of the cover of the Big Green animal book that the Ingalls had, I had an AHA moment. A few quick google searches later and there it was--free in public domain for downloading. So now I have my very own digital copy on my ipad, just waiting to be perused at my leisure--just don't tell my husband!
Bottom line, if you love Laura Ingalls Wilder you will love this book, and I want to say personally to Marta McDowell--Well done, and thank you very much. You have produced a beautiful treasure of a book.
Marta McDowell included some great illustrations to accompany her carefully research text that will have you journeying down memory lane as if these stories were your own. It’s the kind of thing you keep out for guests to notice and peruse so they too can enjoy the emotional impact of a cherished treasure.
I knew she had moved a bit but until I saw this book I had no idea she moved this many times and across so much of the country.
I think it’s one of those books that will appeal to people who are into historical and or genealogical kind of studies as there is a great deal of info on plants, terrain, farming, architecture of the time, and so forth. If someone was going to pick this up thinking it’s just like the previous fictional books released by her and others they may be disappointed. I didn’t notice any new information so much as just a lot of info that had previously been spread across multiple works which focused on specific subjects of the time, people and obviously Laura’s family so this book is more of a one stop place to research.
Basically, each chapter was a companion to a book or location in the series: Wisconsin Woods ("Little House in the Big Woods"), New York Farm ("Farmer Boy"), Prairie of Kansas ("Little House on the Prairie"), Creekside in Minnesota & Iowa ("On the Banks of Plum Creek"), The Dakota Prairie ("By the Shores of Silver Lake" and "The Long Winter"), Settled Farm & Settled Town ("Little Town on the Prairie" and "These Happy Golden Years"), and Great Plains to Ozark Ridge ("The First Four Years"). The author also covered Laura's life at Rocky Ridge Farm and Rock Home (based on letters, newspapers, and other writings).
She ended by describing the places that a person might enjoy visiting if interested in seeing the places where Laura Wilder lived. She also included a list of plants mentioned in the books for those interested in planting those flowers, trees, etc. The book was a fun, quick read. Overall, I'd recommend this interesting book to fans of the Little House series.
I received an ebook review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.