Pioneer Girl

One hundred years ago today, Laura Ingalls was born in Wisconsin, America. Her family were among the hundreds of pioneers who made their way across America to settle in the West.

Laura Ingalls Wilder is much loved today for the books she wrote about her family's experiences as they moved from the Big Woods in Wisconsin (Little House in the Big Woods), to Kansas (Little House on the Prairie) to Walnut Grove, Minnesota (On the Banks of Plum Creek) to Dakota Territory (By the Shores of Silver Lake) to De Smet, South Dakota (The Long Winter, Little Town on the Prairie and These Happy Golden Years). The eighth book, 'The First Four Years', documents the early years of her marrage to Almanzo Wilder.

'Pioneer Girl' is based on Laura's original handwritten manuscript which lay hidden away for many years. Written on six tablets of lined paper, the document formed the basis for the later novels. 'Pioneer Girl' uses the revised manuscripts, letters between Laura and her daughter, Rose, photographs, newspaper cuttings and other sources to offer a fascinating read, giving a real insight into the motivation and experiences of Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Aimed at an older audience, this book is the perfect companion for those of us who loved the Little House books as children, re-enjoyed them as adults or who have discovered them for the first time. Beautifully presented, it offers a wealth of detail about Laura and the period she lived in.

Pioneer Girl   by Laura Ingalls Wilder, edited by Pamela Smith Hill

South Dakota St Hist Soc Pr      ISBN: 978-0984504176