Monday, May 2, 2016

New Release: Visiting Laura's Little Towns by Sandra Hume


For Laura Ingalls Wilder fans, there is nothing quite like going to the scene of the story. Every year—roughly May to October—thousands of fans descend upon the spots the Ingalls family called home in Wisconsin, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, and South Dakota. They even visit her husband, Almanzo's, childhood home in New York as well as Mansfield, Missouri, where Laura lived out her adult life. And because the Little House books are for children (even though we adults read them), for generation after generation, these sites are the quintessential family destination.

"Family vacation" sounds idyllic, but parents know that the reality of traveling with little ones doesn't often match the dream. As a parent, traveler, and Laura Ingalls Wilder scholar, Sandra Hume has perfected the art of family travel to the Little House sites. Her "Visiting Laura's Little Towns" series addresses family concerns for this kind of travel. From how far in advance to reserve to what to expect to eat to the must-sees of each site, she guides families through the land of Laura Ingalls Wilder every step of the way.

Visit Laura's little towns ... because you want to go where Laura went.

File Size: 2046 KB
Publisher: Not the Critic Press LLC (May 20, 2016)
Publication Date: May 20, 2016
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
ASIN: B01EXKAORQ


Purchase here!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

New Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum Opens in Mansfield

Check out this article about the ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the new Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum in Mansfield, MO: http://www.ky3.com/content/news/New-Laura-Ingalls-Wilder-museum-376797461.html

This is one of the few sites I have visited. Maybe I need another road trip.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Free for Kindle: Pioneer Mixology:: Switchel, Sack Posset, and Shrub by Robynne Elizabeth Miller


A quirky survey of Pioneer beverages. Recipes, tips, and a bit of history explaining the how and why behind what the settlers drank. From clarifying coffee with the swim bladder of a fish (um, YUCK!!) to making coffee substitutes with everything from grape seeds to sweet potatoes, this book examines period beverages and how many of them came into being. A fun, sometimes irreverent (but extremely well-researched!) book perfect for history buffs, homesteaders, beverage aficionados, fans of the prairie lifestyle.

File Size: 925 KB
Print Length: 102 pages
Publisher: Practical Pioneer Press (March 11, 2016)
Publication Date: March 11, 2016
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
ASIN: B01CVKX8CI


Purchase here!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Laura's Wedding Cake Recipe on the LHOP Site


Spring has sprung, which means wedding season is in full swing. The Little House on the Prairie website is sharing Laura's wedding cake recipe made the traditional way and with a blueberry topping.

Check it out at http://littlehouseontheprairie.com/lauras-wedding-cake-recipe-traditional-and-blueberry-topping-variation/

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Little House Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder Available for E-Readers!



This is the day Little House fans have been waiting for--HarperCollins Publishers released the series for e-readers today!

It looks like they are only offering a 5-eBook set on the HCP website, but if you visit:

Amazon
Barnes and Noble
GooglePlay

you will find all nine books available in digital format.

What would Laura think of this new way to read her books?

Monday, February 29, 2016

Book Review: From the Mouth of Ma by Robynne Elizabeth Miller

One chapter at a time, author Robynne Elizabeth Miller seeks to learn more about Caroline Quiner Ingalls--Ma from the Little House books.

In From the Mouth of Ma, Miller indicates that readers didn't get a chance to know Caroline Ingalls very well. Much of the close relationship Laura Ingalls Wilder had with her Pa (Charles) is written into the pages of her Little House series, but Ma remained a bit elusive.

Each chapter--except the first two, which are dedicated to outlining the purpose of the book and providing a bit of background on Caroline Quiner Ingalls--shares a little piece of Ma with readers: how practical and traditional Ma was in her daily life, her matter-of-fact opinions, how she valued honesty and forthrightness, what a devout Christian she was, how pragmatic she was while holding onto a dose of optimism, and more.

Miller discusses some things that bothered her about Ma from the Little House books--like her seeming lack of compassion for her children after the prairie fire that threatened their home in Kansas. She also dives into the many platitudes that Ma's character used in the books to help her--and readers-- understand more about who Ma was.

We end up with a well-rounded portrait of Ma with her unwavering love and devotion to her family and her desire to teach her children important and valuable lessons. Caroline Quiner Ingalls did not live an easy life out on the prairie, but as the author states, she navigated through it with grace and strength. For me, this book served to grow my admiration for a woman who embodied those characteristics and a pioneering spirit that helped create the country we know today.

Paperback: 84 pages
Publisher: Practical Pioneer Press; 1 edition (November 26, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0692580654
ISBN-13: 978-0692580653

I received a copy of this book from the author. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Upcoming Release: The Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder by William Anderson


Available for the first time and collected in one volume, the letters of one of America’s most beloved authors, Laura Ingalls Wilder—a treasure trove that offers new and unexpected understanding of her life and work.

The Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder is a vibrant, deeply personal portrait of this revered American author, illuminating her thoughts, travels, philosophies, writing career, and dealings with family, friends, and fans as never before.

This is a fresh look at the adult life of the author in her own words. Gathered from museums and archives and personal collections, the letters span over sixty years of Wilder’s life, from 1894–1956 and shed new light on Wilder’s day-to-day life. Here we see her as a businesswoman and author—including her beloved Little House books, her legendary editor, Ursula Nordstrom, and her readers—as a wife, and as a friend. In her letters, Wilder shares her philosophies, political opinions, and reminiscences of life as a frontier child. Also included are letters to her daughter, writer Rose Wilder Lane, who filled a silent role as editor and collaborator while the famous Little House books were being written.

Wilder biographer William Anderson collected and researched references throughout these letters and the result is an invaluable historical collection, tracing Wilder’s life through the final days of covered wagon travel, her life as a farm woman, a country journalist, Depression-era author, and years of fame as the writer of the Little House books. This collection is a sequel to her beloved books, and a snapshot into twentieth-century living.