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Pioneer Girl Perspectives: Exploring Laura Ingalls Wilder

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Published over eighty years after its inception, "Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography" edited by Pamela Smith Hill gave readers new insight into the truth behind Wilder's fiction. "Pioneer Girl Perspectives" further demonstrates the importance of Wilder as an influential American author whose stories of growing up on the frontier remain relevant today.
Published May 1st 2016 by South Dakota State Historical Society
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Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Many of my earliest reading memories are about the Little House series of books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I first fell in love with her books when I was eight years old. Little House in the Big Woods was one of the first books I ever checked out of the school library, in fact. I remember how excited I was when I realized there were more books telling the story of Ma, Pa, Mary, and Laura. (And, of course, Carrie and Grace, a bit later.) I was as enchanted with Pa's stories as Laura was, and I deli ...more
Gerri Bauer
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This collection features essays by scholars and are written in an accessible, readable way. The articles will appeal to fans of Laura Ingalls Wilder and others who are interested in learning more about her writing/books/career, life, family and the times she lived in. After reading these essays, I now want to go back and re-read the annotated "Pioneer Girl."
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is an interesting collection of essays on Laura Ingalls Wilder
May 20, 2017 rated it liked it
This book was hard to rate. It should get a lot of stars for being well researched and documented but it was depressing. There wasn't anything really that wasn't already known but it did go into more details on the harsh life that Laura had. It was very depressing and made you wish you had just read the Little house books and left any further research alone.
May 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult, nonfiction
Another reviewer mentioned the word "depressing" in relation to this new book of essays on LIW, produced in response to the recently published annotated autobiography, Pioneer Girl. I have to agree, since every piece in the book takes a further step away from the beloved world of the Little House book series. Yes, we all know the controversies: that Laura's daughter was unduly involved in the writing of the books; that Laura's series left out significant events and took plenty of liberties; that ...more
May 28, 2017 rated it liked it
I received this book as part of a promotional giveaway.
This a very interesting book that I would recommend for anyone that would like to learn more about the little house series and Mrs. Wilder herself. This book does explain some of the hardships that Mrs. Wilder faced and explains about her writing style. Also, it provides information about the sometimes difficult relationship she shared with her daughter Rose Wilder Lane. There is a great deal of information about the challenges that Mrs. Wil
Dec 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Pioneer Girl Perspectives is a collection of essays about Laura Ingalls Wilder and the impact her books made, background on her early life and her life as a writer. I wasn't sure what to expect, but this was much more scholarly than I was expecting. These authors REALLY dug into Wilder's past and how she was influenced by her upbringing and how she influenced others with her writing. There was a lot of really good, interesting information, but it was also very scholarly and somewhat dry. It was ...more
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved reading Pioneer Girl two years ago and was excited to pick up Perspectives while I was in De Smet this summer. Pioneer Girl Perspectives is a collection of essays about Wilder’s life and works.
It is a fascinating collection and very interesting to me. I learned a lot and have a lot of favorite quotes – pretty much the entire book! The essays included how Laura Ingalls Wilder and Rose Wilder Lane worked together to create the Little House series, why the Little House books have a lasting
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a good collection of essays examining the Little House books in light of the publication of Pioneer Girl. Like all books that include the works of many different authors, some essays are stronger than others, overall, I felt each essay added something and can only remember one that felt like a chore to get through.

It broadened my history of life on the American frontier without ignoring the problematic elements of the novels (such as the treatment of the First American population that w
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
This delightful little book is filled with essays from various authors that tell the story-behind-the-story of the Little House on the Prairie series. While misconceptions abound surrounding Laura Ingalls Wilder, this book explores the truth surrounding her fascinating life. As Michael Patrick Hearn suggests,"She was nobody's fool: Laura Ingalls Wilder was a gifted writer in her own right and a shrewd businesswoman - and not just on the farm. She knew exactly what she was doing" (105). If you ...more
Jun 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
If you go look at the cover for Pioneer Girl (the autobiography also put out by the SoDak press), you'll understand why I was surprised that I somehow entered and managed to win a book I wasn't actually expecting. It may be better suited to much more ardent fans of the books. The book is very well researched and there are pieces by various Little House scholars, making it easy to kind of pick through and read ones I wanted to. I was looking for a something a little more Little House lite.
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I thought these essays were good. sometimes I have found that this type of essay is pretty dry. It really opened up my eyes to the difference in the "Manifest Destiny" version of American History that this was, vs. the things that were really happening at the time and the bigger political situation. Also significant background on Rose Wilder Lane as well as the independent version of life that they sold through the books, vs. the community spirit that was evident in the TV show.
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Way back in 1970, my 2nd grade teacher read to us after lunch for half an hour, every day. She introduced me to Laura Ingalls Wilder, and here I am, all these years later, still fascinated by Laura's story. This book consists of several essays/chapters, most about how Little House and Pioneer Girl were written. It's fun to see the differences in the stories and to learn more about Laura and her daughter.
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-book, favorites
This is a follow-up to the publication of Laura Ingalls Wilder's autobiography, Pioneer Girl. In this volume, various authors wrote essays in four different categories. It includes a speech that Laura herself wrote. There is no duplication in any essay. Any Laura fan will thoroughly enjoy the book. Anyone who enjoys history will also enjoy the book.
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book full of essays, quotes, poems, and life of of Wilder. A great addition full of mind opening ways of unlocking life by exploring everything around you and yourself. A must read for any and all book lovers everywhere.
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
great read. I received this from good reads to review.
Dec 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A fabulous book of essays for any obsessive LIW fan.
Michelle Olms
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great book
Oct 27, 2017 rated it liked it
I grazed through this, having picked it up intending to read just one chapter, “Laura Ingalls Wilder as a Midwestern Pioneer Girl” by John E. Miller (one of my college history professors).

Miller's essay is more about geography than literature, incorporating Dakota into the historical narrative spelled out in Earning the Rockies: How Geography Shapes America's Role in the World (2017) by Robert Kaplan, and nearly as challenging to any non-conservative reader. (The book is deliciously typeset, unl
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