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Little Author in the Big Woods : A Biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder
by Yona Zeldis McDonough and Jennifer Thermes


Overview - Many girls in elementary and middle school fall in love with the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. What they don't always realize is that Wilder's books are autobiographical. This narrative biography describes more of the details of the young Laura's real life as a young pioneer homesteading with her family on many adventurous journeys.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Many girls in elementary and middle school fall in love with the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. What they don't always realize is that Wilder's books are autobiographical. This narrative biography describes more of the details of the young Laura's real life as a young pioneer homesteading with her family on many adventurous journeys. This biography, complete with charming illustrations, points out the differences between the fictional series as well as the many similarities. It's a fascinating story of a much-celebrated writer.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780805095425
  • ISBN-10: 080509542X
  • Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
  • Publish Date: September 2014
  • Page Count: 156
  • Reading Level: Ages 8-11
  • Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.6 pounds

Series: Christy Ottaviano Books

Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Biography & Autobiography - Literary
Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Biography & Autobiography - Historical
Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > History - United States/19th Century

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-06-30
  • Reviewer: Staff

Fans of the Little House series will welcome this opportunity to immerse themselves in the lives of Laura Ingalls Wilder and her family. McDonough’s (The Doll Shop Downstairs) slender, restrained biography offers answers to readers’ questions about which parts of her fiction are “true,” clarifying the differences between the stories and Wilder’s life. But the book, with few direct quotations from available diaries and letters, lacks Wilder’s voice and has little of the vivid detail and warmth of the fictional stories, reading like a somewhat-flat abridgement. Thermes’s playful, Lois Lenski–like pencil illustrations add welcome spirit and character, evoking Helen Sewell’s original illustrations of Wilder’s books more than Garth Williams’s well-known artwork of the 1950s editions. Other enhancements are McDonough’s thoughtful discussion of the controversy about the role Wilder’s daughter Rose played in the creation and publication of her mother’s books, and extensive back matter, which goes beyond the expected glossary and book lists to include recipes, directions for playing period games, and instructions for making a corn-husk doll. Ages 8–12. Author’s agent: Judith Ehrlich, Judith Ehrlich Literary Management. Illustrator’s agent: Marietta B. Zacker, Nancy Gallt Literary Agency. (Sept.)

 
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