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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
“A lively, detailed look at Wilder's plant, farm and garden interests in the many places she lived.” —Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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“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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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.
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.
The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder is thoroughly researched, including a wealth of horticultural information about the different geographical areas Wilder wrote about, ranging from New York state to Wisconsin, South Dakota, Missouri, and even touching on Wilder's late-in-life trip to San Francisco. McDowell leaves no stone unturned, and readers who are only familiar with Wilder's novels are sure to be surprised at the knowledge that the LITTLE HOUSE books aren't comprehensive or strictly autobiographical, and additionally at the realization that Wilder's novels transmit a tremendous amount of area-specific information about birds, plants, and other natural phenomena. McDowell also includes modern-day information about visitor's centers at, for example, Almanzo Wilder's family farm and the Rocky Ridge homestead in the Ozarks, so that readers who want to see some of these sites in person can start to make plans. (Or readers can simply enjoy reading about the various farming techniques from the comfort of a chair, which neither McDowell nor I will disparage.)
Like many readers, McDowell has a connection with Wilder's books, and she shares certain moments in her research process -- whether it's a string of memories, or an illuminating experience in the South Dakota snow -- which elevate The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder from a simple list of "plants, animals, etc." to something more personal and intimate. And, most helpful of all, there are charts at the back of this book which detail the various plants mentioned and grown by Wilder, so that interested readers can try to create little prairie gardens or forest gardens of their own. The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder would be a great resource for teachers, librarians, and budding horticulturists of all ages.
I received a free ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.