I have often been thankful that Mrs. Laura Ingalls Wilder chose to write down her story of pioneer life for the generations to come. If you have not read these books, young maiden, I would highly encourage you to do so. They reveal a much simpler life and a much simpler America. There are many lessons to learn from her books and though they may seem long, they are fun to read!
Let me give you a little history about the author of these wonderful books. Laura Elizabeth Ingalls was born on February 7, 1867 in Wisconsin. Following the many people that went west after the Civil War, Laura and her family also moved many times. As the little family, which included Laura, her mother and father and three sisters, continued to move gradually west, they never lost their strong pioneering spirit. Laura became a schoolteacher for a few years before she married Almanzo Wilder. They moved with their daughter, Rose, to Mansfield, Missouri in 1894. There she would spend the rest of her life on the farm they had bought. Mrs. Wilder wrote her story mainly as a need for income in the Great Depression. Her books were printed and sold many copies. Mrs. Wilder continued to write and tell people about the good of the farming life until her death in 1957.
Mrs. Wilder’s “Little House” books are some of the best I have ever read. The books she wrote include, Little House in the Big Woods, Farmer Boy, Little House on the Prairie, On the Banks of Plum Creek, By the Shores of Silver Lake, The Long Winter, Little Town on the Prairie, and These Happy Golden Years. The first time I read them was when I was eight years old and I was delighted with the simple yet exciting story of the pioneer life. Laura does not embellish her stories much, but tells of the simple pleasures, determination and hard work of living and growing up on a farm. They are filled with practical wisdom, moral lessons, simple fun and the sense of the importance of family. I still enjoy reading them to this day and I hope to share them with my children one day.
So, if you have never read these wonderful books, I would greatly encourage you too! They are children’s stories, but there is a lot of wisdom in them. I hope you will be reminded of when life was a little bit simpler, America was still a growing nation and family was most important!