Monday, September 25, 2023

Announcing Christmas Year Round: Sharing Christmas Joy All Year Long


Well, folks, I did it! Filled with tons of content from years of blogging, I'm excited to present you with...

As you will see in my welcome message that appears at Christmas Year Round, the content currently focuses on books, movies, recipes, inspirational quotes, and LHOP fanfiction holiday stories by yours truly that have appeared on my other blogs, but fresh content has already appeared and will continue to come to you in the days ahead. One of the things that might interest readers of Laura's Little Houses is that I plan to talk about Christmas around the world and holiday traditions. If you have time, feedback and content ideas would be greatly appreciated. I hope you enjoy this new endeavor and it brings you joy. Click on the title above to be directed to Christmas Year Round. 

Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Wilder & Wilder on the Prairie Podcasts


Finished the Wilder podcast today. It is a documentary that runs for 10 episodes, plus the introductory episode. Author Glynnis MacNicol looks at Wilder's life and the Little House series through a 21st century lens, exploring...
  • if the books stand the test of time,
  • if they should still be read to children,
  • if the flaws in Laura's narrative, like the derogatory depictions of Blacks and American Indians and the way in which Rose crafted her political messages into the Little House series, means they should be removed from bookshelves, and 
  • if those who grew up reading the Little House series feel the same after reading the books as adults.
Other topics that Wilder covers are how much Rose' contributed to her mother's books, the Little House on the Prairie television series starring Michael Landon, and how Laura's books created an entire business empire that flourishes even today. Along the way, the author visited numerous historical sites and held interviews with several people, including Little House on the Prairie's Melissa Gilbert and Caroline Fraser, author of Prairie Fires. 

I also caught up this week with the Wilder on the Prairie podcast. Author Annie Kontor brings listeners back to the Little House books, each show covering one chapter in the book series. The September 11th episode covered chapter 11 from On the Banks of Plum Creek. 

This show is all about Annie's thoughts and research that tie into Laura's books. Show notes will often include photos, links to articles, videos, or recipes. Other than mentioning from time to time when offensive content might appear in a chapter, Annie focuses more on the times in which the books are set, what daily life was like, and other interesting tidbits. 

If you enjoy reviewing history through a more enlightened point of view, Wilder would be a good choice. If you're looking to learn more about Laura's life and times in which she lived, Wilder on the Prairie would be a good choice. Those performing research for school papers might also find Wilder on the Prairie helpful. 

Saturday, September 2, 2023

Little House Life Hacks by Angie Bailey & Susie Shubert


A humorous yet practical book of life lessons from the seminal Little House on the Prairie, blending Laura Ingalls Wilder’s timeless teachings with her surprisingly timely penchant for homesteading, crafting, and the lifestyle we now call Cottagecore. Little House on the Prairie was a childhood TV classic for a generation of kids, and Laura Ingalls Wilder’s novels have never gone out of style for young bookworms. Her stories of her family’s life in the 1870s offer countless gems of wisdom, and many facets of their lifestyle and the skills they relied on have become some of the hottest trends of today, from sourdough bread and modern pioneering to DIY prairie dresses and needlepoint.

Little House Life Hacks playfully compiles the most crucial takeaways from that world, practical enough to work for pioneering stock and updated for today’s evolving world. The Ingalls are the perfect reminders of what’s love, family, community, honest work, and integrity. Alongside the life advice are selected inspirational quotes from the Little House  books and show and fun pop culture tidbits (like that The Rock’s first celebrity crush was original mean girl Nellie Oleson), as well as with meaningful takeaways for creating more balance, wellness, and fun in all aspects of your life. 

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Running Press Adult (August 22, 2023)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 256 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0762481994
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0762481996

  • Tuesday, August 22, 2023

    Book Review: Red Tail Feathers by Wendi Lou Lee

    Red Tail Feathers is a touching memoir from Wendi Lou Lee, "Baby Grace" from the classic television series, Little House on the Prairie.

    Reflect with Lee as she shares the moments where the beauty of God's grace has uplifted and inspired her daily life. Lee's skillfully woven story will touch your heart, showing how even the ordinary moments can have a significant impact on us and others.

    Opening with the sighting of a red-tailed bird camouflaged by a shrub in the parking lot of the medical building where she and her husband sat after an appointment, Lee shares some of the most personal moments of her life and career, including: auditioning with her sister Brenda, navigating family changes and tragedy, accepting who God created her to be, the joy of reconnecting with old friends, and learning how to traverse a world of changes brought on by a serious diagnosis and major surgery. 

     Red Tail Feathers is a beautifully written, moving memoir that touched me deeply. Wendi opens her heart to readers, allowing them to experience her triumphs and challenges with all the vulnerability we often endure along our human journey. Her story uplifts the reader as she shares how visible and true and pure God's grace is and the lessons He gently imparts upon His children along the way. I thought I might share my favorite parts, but discovered I would need to share so much of the book that I would risk violating copyright law. :) 

    Throughout Red Tail Feathers, you will learn about a talented daughter, sister, wife, mother, and actor who is very much down to earth and comfortable in the path God has laid out before her. Follow Wendi's journey to "Discover the Beauty of Grace," and let it transform how you view your own life. 

    Highly recommended!

    • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0C7SLFG6C
    • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Pocketful of Sunshine (August 15, 2023)
    • Language ‏ : ‎ English
    • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 188 pages
    • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 979-8988168416

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

    Also available is Wendi's first book, A Prairie Devotional.