A little house we all know...

Laura Ingalls Wilder was born on the 7th February 1867. Famous all over the world, the 'Little House' series offer a fascinating insight into this period of American history. 

Eight books tell the story of Laura's family from about the age of three until the first four years of her marriage. The ninth of the books, 'Farmer Boy', tells of her husband, Almanzo's, childhood. I adored these books as a child and have read them many times over the years as you can probably tell from the poor condition they are in!

What amazed me was the number of books that other people have written based on the lives of those around Laura- the 'Rose' years, the 'Matilda' years, the 'Charlotte' years, the 'Caroline' years...

Published a year or so go, 'Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography' was released. This sheds light on some of the darker instances in Laura's life- things she omitted from her stories like the death of her brother, Freddy (Charles Frederick Ingalls) in 1876. However...

“Even though these books must be made fit for children to read,” she told her daughter, “they must also be true to history …"

Amazing books- obviously, very familiar in American classrooms, but are perhaps under-used in Britain.