I haven’t been writing on this blog the last few years. I miss it! It is because I started another blog working on book and product reviews. I have many books and products provided to me for review I have been trying to catch up. I kept thinking I would be able to catch up enough to add this blog back into my rotation. I still hope to do that soon. Anyway the review list continues to grow — which isn’t a bad thing. Here is the link to my review blog Chit Chat with Charity. Please sign up to keep-up-to date on posts. I try to post there weekly to keep up with items on my review list.
Last year I reviewed a Laura Ingalls Wilder related book and I wanted to share it here. I started writing a brief blog about it to post here. I thought I published it. I guess I didn’t as I have a few more books about her I just reviewed and published to the other blog. I wanted to share it here too. I noticed this blog was not shared. So I am updating it and sharing it now — finally. I have put a little of the reviews here with links to the complete reviews included.
If you spent any time reading the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder or found pioneer times interesting then the book I’m reviewing for today’s blog is a must for you. Perhaps you have an interest in history and learning more about early history then this book is a great option for you too.
As a Laura Ingalls Wilder fan I am always looking for more about her and related to her life. So when I saw on my list of books provided to me to review The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Frontier Landscapes that Inspired The Little House Books by Marta McDowell saying I was thrilled is an understatement. It does make me long for the days companies let us have more copies in hand to keep instead of e-copies, but then again I didn’t get as many books to read that way so — pros and cons.
It brings us back to the frontier through beautiful photos and illustrations. The author takes us on a journey along the trail of Laura’s books giving details of homestead claims through maps and even mentioning plants along the way. She also incorporates elements of the series as well as other writing from Wilder such as diary entries and letters. This approach allows us to feel we are being taken on a tour by the famous writer herself after all of these years since she first shared her stories.
Enter Laura Ingalls Wilder’s world with book found in stores and online at amazon.com currently for $19.
Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser, a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award winner. This is considered the “first comprehensive historical biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder, the beloved author of the Little House of the Prairie books.” The mother-daughter relationship is also discussed as well as discussion of how popular over the decades the book series as been including how important it has been to readers. While this book includes tons of details and takes time to get through with 640 pages as a fan of the Wilders and history it was worth it to me. If you are interested in either, or both, it is a fantastic option, but if you aren’t into such information you might find it overwhelming.
A Prairie Girl’s Faith: The Spiritual Legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Stephen W. Hines discusses the spiritual life in Wilder’s life and her Little House series. Throughout the many stories of historic fiction based on Wilder’s frontier life God was there. This new book does an interesting job of bringing out points of these faithful times. Various other things included are photos and recipes from the time as well. Readers also get a look at pioneer life including beliefs and culture. Learning about how church and religion was then compared a bit to today was a wonderful thing to consider while reading this book. The idea was fascinating and fitting to the Little House books. It was nice to have the ideas of the Wilder’s and pioneer faith in one book. We learn how her family interacted within their life and religion throughout their everyday lives. Even the music enjoyed in her time is discussed, which I liked very much. Readers are introduced to some pastors of the past too. While it was researched and that was noticed it was disorganized overall. This disorganization took away from the book for me. I did enjoy it, but it was sometimes unclear of the point in places. Still I recommend it to fans and it is interesting. You’ll find some wonderful and perhaps unknown information as well as details in this book too. Some information about Laura’s daughter, Rose, is also included, which was a nice thing to read as well.