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As a child, one of my favorite past times was reading the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I read the series at least half a dozen times as a child. I also loved sitting with my family and watching the Little House on the Prairie series, we didn’t have cable, so my aunt would tape it and send me home with a vhs tape each Sunday 🙂 We would eat popcorn, lounge together and my mom would share how she watched the show and read the books as a child as well. These memories have been remade as an adult while watching the series, and reading the books with my own children. We have created literature unit studies related to the Little House books, and my daughter even had a Little House Birthday Party.
Because of my love for all things Little House, it would be safe to say that I am a huge Laura Ingalls Wilder fan. So, I jumped at the chance to review the new Laura Ingalls Wilder documentary, The Legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder and digitally remastered first season of Little House on the Prairie. I assumed that I would learn some new things from the documentary, but really just wanted to share my love of Little House with my girls. However, I was surprised at how much I didn’t know about Laura Ingalls Wilder.
1. Rose played a huge part in making Laura a writer. I didn’t realize how much Rose helped encourage her mothers love for writing. Without Rose, chances are we wouldn’t have our beloved Little House series of books.
2. Laura’s first manuscript was rejected. Laura’s first manuscript was titled, Pioneer Girl. This manuscript was rejected numerous times.
3. Laura’s first time in print was not fiction. Laura’s very first time in print was an article in her local newspaper. The article was about caring for chickens.
4. Rose and Laura disagreed, a lot. While writing the Little House series, Rose and her mother disagreed over what to include (and not include) in the books. One such disagreement was regarding including Mary’s blindness in the books.
5. She was betrayed by her daughter. I had never heard of the book, Let the Hurricane Roar until I watched the documentary. I was surprised to find that this book was written (without Laura’s permission) by her daughter Rose. The two made amends, but it was a source of hurt and betrayal for Laura.
The Legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder, was a huge hit in our home, and if you are a Little House on the Prairie fan, I am sure it will be for yours as well! Lucky for you, there is a giveaway going on now on the Little House on the Prairie website. This giveaway is awesome and includes everything you see below. Make sure you enter, now!!