Review: The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Frontier Landscapes that Inspired the Little House Books

On June 8, 2017 by Dawn

The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Frontier Landscapes that Inspired the Little House Books
The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Frontier Landscapes that Inspired the Little House Books by Marta McDowell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

To wind up today, im going to hit you with a third, big, beautiful coffee-table book.

It’s 2017, and this year marks the 150th birthday of this most beloved of authors. The Little House On The Prairie series needs no introduction, nor explanation, being at the heart of American literature itself.

In this volume, we explore the trails themselves, the landscape, the history of the world young Laura inhabited. With charming botanical drawings and vivid language. McDowell sets the stage for us in a way Dame Wilder would have never considered necessary… it being unimaginable that her audience would be ignorant of basic farm tools and processes.

Scene by scene and farm by farm, “The World of Laura” draws out the reminders that while fictionalized, Wilder sets her tales in a very real place, a place that has since been painted over by modernity, but still exists in the cracks and corners.

Grab this for the Prairie lovers in your life, and all to the better if there’s interest in gardening, farming, or botanicals.

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