Sunday, February 20, 2011

New Survey: Do you Plan to Buy The Wilder Life by Wendy McClure?

At the Little House on the Prairie forum I belong to, we've been talking about The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie by Wendy McClure.

This book is due to be released on April 14th and is already available for pre-order from Amazon.

Here is the product description from Amazon:

Wendy McClure is on a quest to find the world of beloved Little House on the Prairie author Laura Ingalls Wilder — a fantastic realm of fiction, history, and places McClure has never been to yet somehow knows by heart. She traces the pioneer journey of the Ingalls family—looking for the Big Woods among the medium trees in Wisconsin, wading in Plum Creek, and enduring a prairie hailstorm in South Dakota. She immerses herself in all things Little House — exploring the story from fact to fiction, and from the TV shows to the annual summer pageants in Laura’s hometowns. Whether she’s churning butter in her apartment or sitting in a replica log cabin, McClure is always in pursuit of “the Laura experience.” Along the way she comes to understand how Wilder’s life and work have shaped our ideas about girlhood and the American West. The Wilder Life is a loving, irreverent, spirited tribute to a series of books that have inspired generations of American women. It is also an incredibly funny first-person account of obsessive reading, and a story about what happens when we reconnect with our childhood touchstones — and find that our old love has only deepened.

Publisher's Weekly gave The Wilder Life a starred review, saying, "Readers don't need to be Wilder fans to enjoy this funny and thoughtful guide to a romanticized version of the American expansion west."

Our new survey asks if you plan to purchase a copy of the book. I will be adding this to my Laura Ingalls Wilder collection. How about you?

Dean Butler is Looking for Feedback

Hello all,

Dean Butler (Almanzo Wilder, Little House on the Prairie (NBC)) is looking for your feedback. As you might remember from our previous conversation with Dean about this Mega Pack, his company produced additional bonus content for this complete LHOP DVD series.

Here is what Dean would like to know:

"Do you or other members of the Prairie Fans community see any difference between the episodes presented in the Mega Pack from the episodes as presented in the separate season DVD collections?"

Prairie Fans is a site dedicated to honoring the legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Prairie Talk is the site's forum. If you are a member of Prairie Talk and have comments for Dean, you can leave them in the Announcements section, under the post started for this topic. If you aren't a member, you can leave your feedback here.



Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Children's Authors and Illustrators Week

Children's Authors and Illustrators Week is celebrated the first week of February. "During this week, members of the Children's Authors Network visit schools, libraries, and children's shelters all over the country."

For more information, please visit:

Children's Authors Network! (CAN!)
23291 Mobile St.
West Hills, CA 90307

Phone: (818) 615-0857