Blog Post #24: Author Appreciation (Installment #5)

ca. 1930s-1940s — Laura Ingalls Wilder Signing Book — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

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Hello lovelies! Its another author appreciation post! This week I thought I’d talk about someone whom I’ve admired since I was a little girl. The author for this next installment is…Laura Ingalls Wilder!

She’s most well-known for writing the Little House on the Prairie book series, which were based on her life growing up in the late 1800s. I was introduced to these titles by my mother and just loved the stories ever since. History, especially around the time Wilder lived, has always been an interest of mine. I remember eagerly opening the first book, Little House in the Big Woods, and I couldn’t put it down. Overall, I adored her spunk and fun-loving personality throughout the series. Reading them further gave me a vivid glimpse into what life was like back then. Although Wilder highlighted both the difficulties her family faced and happier moments, it made me truly appreciate the opportunities that I have currently as someone living in the 21st century.

Discussing this era makes me want to go back to being an 8-year-old when I found out that the series was also created into a very successful TV show, starring Melissa Gilbert. Little House on the Prairie became one of my favourite programs. I was amazed by every aspect of the show including how well the actors portrayed the individuals Wilder described. If she were alive today I would definitely try to reach out and tell her how much Little House on the Prairie meant to my younger self. I without a doubt consider Wilder a public figure who hugely impacted the cultural landscape. She was a force to be reckoned with.

Calling all the big history buffs out there like me who have not done so already: I highly recommend you check out Laura Ingalls Wilder and her work.

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