Laura Ingalls Wilder Was Born
Have you ever dreamed of living in another
time? Imagine what it would have been like to be one of the
early settlers of the American frontier, moving by covered wagon
through wide, windy prairies. You can really get a sense of what
it was like by reading one of the books in the Little House
series. These semi-autobiographical stories were written by
Laura Ingalls Wilder who was born on this day, February 7, in
Imagine living in a pioneer log cabin in
Wisconsin, on the prairie in Indian territory, or in a sod
dugout by a creek in Minnesota (a shelter built into the ground
of a hillside). Laura Ingalls Wilder lived in all these places.
She also endured many hardships: blizzards that cut off food
supplies, a plague of grasshoppers, the death of her one little
brother. These were typical experiences in frontier life. But,
as she shows in Little House on the Prairie, Pa and Ma always
managed to create a happy, secure home for Laura and her three
sisters. Do you know what happened to Laura Ingalls Wilder?
Wilder went on to become a teacher. She married and had one
daughter who became a journalist. When Wilder was 65 years old,
her daughter helped her write her first novel in the series,
Little House in the Big Woods.
Try reading a book in the
Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Then close your
eyes and imagine yourself back in the late 1800s, standing in
the tall, waving prairie grasses.