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Penny

I saw the little house on the prairie in Kansas, Danielle. It is really very small and a replica of the real house, sitting on what is believed to be the foundation. The land is owned by Bill Kurtis and his family. He is a Chicago newsman, but, I believe he has some national fame. Anyways, my friend, who knew how much I loved the Little House books, took me there in 1985 when I was visiting her in OK. I was amazed at how very small the house was, imaging a family of five living there. Of course, I came home with a mug and and a charming cookbook, "Prairie Recipes and Kitchen Antiques", which is filled with pioneer recipes of the area as well photos of the utensils and tools that Ma would have used. There are even some of Laura's recipes.

Danielle

How cool! I would LOVE to visit there! Looking at the lovely little illustrations in the book it looks quite spacious all things considered, though I know in reality it would have been quite different. I was really struck by the fact that Laura and Mary had to share a tin cup for so long and how excited Laura was to get her own! We take so many things for granted when having just one cup between two children must have been not all that uncommon! I have added the book you mention to my wishlist and will look for it at the library. Did you post photos of your visit by any chance? I want to read more about LIW, but at the same time I sort of don't and want to just keep the books images in my mind.

Kathy

I remember loving these books as a child, and I still have them--all except Farmer Boy. I haven't read them since I was a child, however, and I think it's time to do so again. The ultimate comfort reads!

Stefanie

You are bringing back happy childhood memories of when I read these books! Going to Plum Creek you'll be in Minnesota! There is a Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum in Walnut Grove. Nothing remains of their dugout home along the creek but you can still visit the site.

JaneGS

The writing really is remarkably good--some of the best children's books ever written, imo. I once read that the pov of the narrator keeps pace with the age of Laura herself--so the world described is really through the eyes of Laura at the age of the book. I thought this was interesting and pretty much confirmed that last time I read them through.

I also remember going to a lecture on pioneer food many years ago and someone pointed out how limited the Ingalls family diet a lot of the time--bread and butter, sometimes meat, lots of cornmeal and beans, vegetables when they have a garden, but that is not dependable.

I think Mr. Edwards is one of my favorite characters from all the books collectively. What a sweet man and loyal friend.

Penny

I have not posted about the Kansas site, but, I did post about Burr Oak/Wilder visit we took a few years ago. This was a hotel the Ingalls lived and worked in for a short time and one spot that Laura did not write about, however, it was filled with artifacts of the family. I posted about that trip and included some photos if you are interested. I've read the whole series, so many times, that I could imagine the Ingalls in Burr Oak.
There is a site in WI, Pepin, that I want to see, the location where the Ingalls family came from, and where the books started.
I admire you taking your time with the series, Danielle.
lifeonthecutoff.wordpress.com/2011/10/02/laura-ingalls-wilder-in-burr-oak-iowa/

Barbara

You must read Pioneer Girl by Bich Menh Nguyen, a Vietnamese tale of a family in the USA with a possible connection to Rose Wilder(Laura's daughter)! I'm just a bit over half done but do not hesitate to recommend it. It's very good!!!

Danielle

Hi Penny--thanks so much for the link (it is cut off here but I can look for it on the back end later), I will check it out. I so far have obly been reading the books--I want to know more about the family--the real story behind the books, but in a way I sort of don't--if that doesn't sound too weird! I love these books and love being immersed in the stories. I am still thinking about Little House on the Prairie--am going to wait just a bit before starting the next as I want to draw them ot as long as I can! :) Of course I can always reread--the books are really quite special, don't you think?!

Danielle

They are indeed. I read most of them when I was a child, but I remembered nothing from this book--sad to think how much fades from memory!! You will very much enjoy revisiting them now-I know I am!

Danielle

Aren't they though? Such wonderful stories and just what I need right now!! I did read the blurb on the back of the next book and see we will be off to MN. They certainly got around, didn't they? Have you been to either the museum or the site of their home? That would be a fun trip!

Danielle

I totally agree with you. The writing is very good--simple yet very descriptive. I was wondering how Laura's 'voice' would age over time--am so glad that the character keeps up with the passing years. I love the descriptions of meals and food--everything was so pared down, which must have been what it was like for most families--how excited they got to have those pickles and be able to eat the seed potatoes. It makes you appreciate the abundance we have now--I feel completely spoiled! Mr Edwards is great--to have crossed that river in winter to bring gifts from Santa--it made me very cold just thinking about it!

Danielle

Thanks for the reading suggestion--the cover looks familiar so I must have come across it in my meanderings! I am going to see if I can find a copy at my library. When I finish the books I want to to a little 'extracurricular' reading--and that one looks good!

Caroline

"Gulpable" - that made me chuckle. I know what you mean. Some books are just like that.
I'll have to pick one of them some day. I'm not sure I'd like mush. I don't like porridge and things like that either. But I enjoy müsli.

Stefanie

I haven't because it is a bit of a haul from here, but I have a friend who is a Laura Ingalls fan and she has been to a number of sites and museums in MN and WI and says it is kind of neat to see. so much smaller and rougher than one would imagine.

Danielle

I know how that goes...I would love to see Red Cloud, but it is not exactly close by. Someday I'll get there!! I know you're right about just what life must have been like--the books seem so warm and fuzzy, but I know in reality it wouldn't have been quite so.

Danielle

For a children's book--it was hard to put down. I just wanted to keep reading and had I had the time I think I could have read it in just one or two sittings! I think the mush might not have been much to my taste on its own--I read about it and it was compared to grits, which I don't like. I do like oatmeal, though--I eat it almost every day. Muesli is yummy, too!

CHH

You should definitely check out The Wilder Life by Wendy McClure which is about the Laura Ingalls Wilder fandom. She tries to cook the food mentioned in the books like the sugar snow and sourdough bread. She visits the museum sites listed.

Danielle

I knew there was a book that came out not too long ago about the books--I couldn't remember the title but have added it to my wishlist and will order it next time I put together a book order.... I want to read more about Laura Ingalls Wilder when I finish the books--I have been acquiring a number of related books, so this is perfect. Thanks for the suggestion! I wonder of the sugar snow was as good as it sounded?!

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