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Mary Ingalls on Her Own

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Mary IngalLs lost her sight after a devastating bout of scarlet fever. Now Mary has the opportunity to attend the Iowa College for the Blind, where she will get a fresh start with her education and can learn the skills she needs for an independent future as well.

It seems like a dream come true. But it also means leaving her cherished family behind in Dakota Territory, incl
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published December 26th 2007 by HarperCollins
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Rachel It has been corrected in Pioneer Girl the annotated Biography, along with a few other articles that have been published. Laura picked a disease that…moreIt has been corrected in Pioneer Girl the annotated Biography, along with a few other articles that have been published. Laura picked a disease that was fairly well known that readers could relate to. Not all that is written in the Little House Books is pure unadulterated truth. Laura was known to fictionalize a bit to make them readable and to add excitement. I would recommend reading a few biographies of hers and possibly (if you are a big fan) reading Pioneer Girl. (less)
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Jun 22, 2008 Kit rated it liked it
If you, like me, read the Little House books thinking of Mary as a goody-two-shoes (the outrage when she gave her share of the beads to Carrie, forcing Laura to do the same! Poor Laura couldn't even have a blue dress, because Mary was the one who was blond!), chances are you, like me, will be wondering how someone could pull off writing a whole book from Mary's point of view. The answer is: pretty well, actually.

The bar is high for Little House continuers, but most of them elect to write books s
Jul 10, 2010 Karol rated it really liked it
I happened across this book when I was browsing in the childrens' section of my library. I found it well-written, but a bit too short. I would have liked for there to have been more. But, from the author's note at the end, there wasn't a great deal of information to go on. The author's note did give some history of the Iowa School for the Blind, as well as a web site for more information.

The author, I think, did a good job of portraying what Mary might have felt like on the inside. I have a frie
Mar 26, 2008 Leisl rated it liked it
Shelves: 2008_reads
I picked up this book with trepidation and excitement. I have loved the original LIW Little House books since I was little. I have liked some of the newer books about other family members (I liked the Caroline series), but they just aren't the same.

That's how I felt about this one. Really, it is very well done, I think, and over the years, I had often thought about what it must have been like for Mary to away to school. This book stays true to how Mary and her family spoke in the original serie
Cheryl C.
Jul 18, 2014 Cheryl C. rated it it was amazing
Elizabeth Kimmel Willard weaves a fascinating story of the first few months Mary Ingalls spends at the Iowa College for the Blind in Mary Ingalls on Her Own. Similar in style to the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, this book places the focus on Laura's beloved sister, Mary, as she seeks a way to become more independent. This is also a story that shows Mary confronting her feelings about being blind and the loss of the plans she had made before losing her eyesight.

Willard blends histo
Feb 18, 2016 Sarah rated it liked it
As a fan of the Little House books I buy and read all of the fill in books despite them never being quite as good as the originals and so discovering a book about Mary Ingalls was great. I found it to all be a little too simple and the language a little anachronistic but on the whole it captured the 'goody-goody' Mary from the early books rather than the older Mary represented in the books just prior to her leaving home. However her internal struggles seemed very real despite the ease with which ...more
Aug 10, 2008 Becky rated it liked it
Willard, Elizabeth Kimmel. 2008. Mary Ingalls On Her Own.

"Mary Ingalls stepped carefully from the train onto the bustling platform in Vinton, Iowa. She stood straight and quiet, her hands clasping the handle of her small suitcase. Her pale blue eyes shone with a mix of anxiety and excitement. Mary took a deep breath as the cool November breeze fanned her flushed cheeks and carried the hot smell of engine steam past her nose."

The novel, Mary Ingalls On Her Own, opens with Ma and Pa and Mary arriv
Feb 12, 2016 A rated it really liked it
This was pretty good for a Little House spin off. It's an interesting and well researched fictionalisation of some of Mary Ingalls' time at the Iowa College for the Blind in Vinton, and it's good to get some insight into her reactions to this time. It's also nice to see some of the spirit that LIW hinted at beneath Mary's 'good girl' image. My only criticism is that it was too short, and left me wanting more.
Jan 26, 2016 Suzann rated it liked it
I suppose that if you buy into the concept of the book, you have to accept that many, many liberties will be taken with historical fact. It was a quick, enjoyable read. It's interesting that the book devoted at least twice as time to the antagonist than to the protagonist. It would have been easy enough to make a book about that character, and leave Mary Ingalls out of it.
Megan Anderson
Aug 30, 2015 Megan Anderson rated it liked it
Shelves: formystudents, 2009
It was cute and brief. I would've liked it to be more about the life that she lived, except, of course, we don't really KNOW what her life was like at this time. I think I was expecting more in-depth information than a predictable story about her run-ins with an antagonistic young woman. The moral of the story...well, the author smacks you in the face with it. Repeatedly. For the last ten or fifteen pages.

A good book, especially for younger fans of the series, but I guess I was just expecting mo
Callie Stillion
This book was really good! I was surprised on some of the overall writing, though. It didn`t fulfill the exact subject I thought it would. But it was still really, really good.
Mary is going to college! Even though she`s blind, she`s found a college for the blind. But Mattie is mean to her, and she`s already gotten off on the wrong foot on her first day!
When she finally meets Blanche and Hannah, everybody wants to know how she went blind. Soon everyone explains that Mattie isn`t totally blind, a
Aug 28, 2010 Kris rated it did not like it
I read this as a HUGE Little House fan. I thought it might have some interesting facts about Mary's life, perhaps from research, etc.

What was written was NOT true to Mary's character at all. They're trying to to turn her into some revisionist Mary with more modern sensibilities. I was actually a little angry when I finished it. (I know, I know, get a grip, but I WAS).

Don't waste your time with any "new" Little House products.
May 29, 2008 Renee rated it liked it
Recommends it for: 3rd-5th
Mary’s parents take her to Iowa College For the Blind. Mary navigates a new place and new friends with optimism until she meets a very pessimistic fellow student Mattie. The Afterword explains that Mary lost her sight at the age of 14 and little is known what occurred during her years attending Iowa College For the Blind from 1881-1889. Fans of the other Wilder books will enjoy this quaint story as well.

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Feb 09, 2008 Lithia rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, littlehouse, 2008
In short, it met my expectations and I enjoyed it. I was a bit bothered by the fact that Mattie was a fictional character. However, the biggest problem was that it was too short! I thoroughly enjoyed Mary's character and would have been interested in more details about her life at the blind school. Harper Collins could have made a series about Mary.
Sep 10, 2015 Lisa rated it really liked it
While a 'fabrication' of the first several months Mary Ingalls spent at the Iowa College for the Blind, this was an enjoyable read. Mary did study at the Iowa College for the Blind and her friend Blanche, her teacher Miss Mattice and the principal Mr Carothers are real. A nice book to complete the Little. House on the Prairie series.
Nov 26, 2008 Laura rated it it was amazing
Having read the Little House series as a child, I found that this book fits in really well with the other books. The book takes place two years after Mary goes blind and shares about her beginning experience about attending the Iowa College for the Blind.
Ashlei Kretz
Jan 28, 2015 Ashlei Kretz rated it really liked it
Well its probably just because I was obsessed with Little House on the Prairie as a kid and always wondered how Mary felt but I really liked this book for that reason. It addressed exactly that; what about Mary Ingalls? It was a good quick read.
Amy Flink
Dec 12, 2012 Amy Flink rated it it was amazing
I love to see theses spinoff Little House books. Very interesting to read from Mary's point of view. I kind of hope there are more books about Mary to come. Mary is a lovely graceful character. She took her blindness very gracefully.
Aug 01, 2015 Linda rated it it was ok
Shelves: children, biography
It is interesting reading and imagining what Mary Ingall's life was like in The College for the Blind. But reading this book showed me stories about the Ingalls not written by an Ingall is not worth the read.
Mar 16, 2009 Courtney rated it liked it
Shelves: young-lit
Not the most comprehensive book, but for a short fiction piece it fits in nicely with the Little House books. Makes me wish we had an actual account of Mary.
Feb 14, 2010 withoutwings rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010
Good short read. I enjoyed reading more from the Little House series, but I felt that this novel lacked the certain charm that the original series had.
Mar 22, 2008 Laurie rated it really liked it
Adds an interesting chapter to the Ingalls family saga.
Mary develops a personality.
A little preachy at the end in regards to blindness.
Dec 23, 2012 Angela rated it really liked it
A fun look into what Mary Ingalls' life at the school for the blind might have been like.
Dec 26, 2008 Cherylck rated it really liked it
Another Little House book I would have loved to read as a child....
It was touching
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