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How many of my listeners remember the television show Little House on the Prairie? I know I enjoyed reruns as a kid, although I’ve never read the children’s books they’re based on. Published in the 1930s and 1940s, the books fictionalize the childhood and young adulthood of Laura Ingalls Wilder. The book series was first written just to be a memoir for Laura’s daughter Rose Wilder. However, Rose saw the publishing potential in these remembrances being sanitized and published for children. Now for the first time Laura’s real-life first draft and notes for her memoir called Pioneer Girl have been published with numerous annotations by the South Dakota Historical Society with Pamela Smith Hill as editor. With pictures, maps, photographs, and historical documents sprinkled throughout this nearly 400 page book is rich with carefully researched information that accurately portrays Laura’s surroundings. Laura’s voice is clearly seen in her actual words as well, but the added information makes this nearly twice as wide as a normal book. Her life from birth in Wisconsin, to travels in Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, Dakota territory, and finally retirement in Missouri are all here, and in such an engaging way that even with distractions from the footnotes you won’t be able to put this down!
You can get the book reviewed here and more great titles to watch, read, listen to, or play with at the Port Library at 1718 N. Hersey in Beloit. This is director Rachel Malay, saying “Thanks for checking us out!”