Saturday, February 7, 2015

Laura Ingalls Wilder

When I read that today was Laura Ingalls Wilder's birthday, I couldn't help but think of all the cozy nights that I spent reading her books to my daughter.  (When my daughter was little and we first started reading chapter books together, she used to cry when I finished a book.  I quickly learned to save the last chapter of one book, for a night that we would have time to start the first chapter of the sequel.)
If you too, have fond memories of the series, either for from the first time you read it as a child, or from sharing it with your own children and students, you might enjoy West From Home.  It is a collection of letters that Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote to her husband from her 1915 trip to visit their grown daughter in in San Francisco.  The first time I read it, I couldn't help but wonder at the amazing fact that as a child she traveled across the country in a covered wagon, and then as an adult she traveled by train and saw electric lights.
You might even want to check out The Little House Cookbook:  Frontier Foods from Laura Ingalls Wilder's Classic Stories.

Happy reading,

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