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Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Biography

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  4,217 ratings  ·  106 reviews
Dive into the world of the author of the beloved Little House series!

From her pioneer days on the prairie to her golden years with her husband, Almanzo, and their daughter, Rose, Laura Ingalls Wilder has become a friend to all who have read about her adventures. This expertly researched, behind-the-scenes account of Laura’s life chronicles the real events that inspired her
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published January 2nd 2007 by HarperCollins (first published 1992)
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Shelley
Apr 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
I read this book because my daughter, Emily, is doing a biography on Laura Ingalls Wilder for school (we both love Little House on the Prairie & have all nine seasons on DVD). I grew up reading all her books and watching all the shows and so I couldn't resist not reading this book when my daughter bought it home. Even though I remember all the episodes and have basically a good memory of her books, I felt this book went further into Laura's life. I didn't realize just how much they travelled ...more
Maren
Nov 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This was an excellent read for someone like myself who has read the Little House books a number of times. I also recently read the autobiographies of Rose Wilder Lane, so this all seemed so familiar, filling in the gaps and expanding the story beyond what I've previously read. My heart just breaks for these families and the lost babies and difficult circumstances life threw at them, and yet I'm so amazed at the perseverance and faith that they all exemplified. Pa & Laura are definitely on my ...more
Stephanie
Dec 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I went on a road trip with my mom and dad and went to see Laura's houses that she lived in.... It was awsome and on the trip I bought this book and just read it and it was really good cuz you could learn more about her life with your parents and sisters and her husband Almanzo and their daughther Rose.... I would read this book over and over again and go see her houses again... I use to watch the show Little House on the Pairie when I was younger and fell in love with the story and how they live ...more
Angela Verdenius
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As a kid, I loved all the Little House books. Finally getting to see the grown woman behind the books was fascinating and so interesting. I admit I even had a little lump in my throat at the end! Laura Ingalls, you were a treasure to the kids you wrote for, and an inspiration to those with a hard life. Schools would do well to have their students read this book to learn about life, how hard it was, and how to overcome bad times and keep moving forward with a positive attitude.
Jenn
Feb 11, 2013 rated it liked it
I read the Little House on the Prairie books as a child and just assumed then that the people in the book were fiction and as a child I never gave one thought about the author. When I found an article about her sister Mary on the internet recently it made me pause and think about the author and her life. So I went online to find if there were any books about Laura Ingalls Wilder and found this one. The book was an easy read (I finished it in about 3 hours), almost like it was aimed for children. ...more
April
Feb 25, 2011 rated it liked it
I chose this book after reading the Stieg Larsson books because anything Little House is special to me. I needed something that wouldn't disappoint. I suppose it is unfair to rate any book after reading a series that wow'd me. But this book receives only 3 stars. It was blandly written, brief and managed to hit only the high points of Laura's books without a lot of additional details. I plowed through the book quickly and at no time did I think about putting it down and not finishing it. But as ...more
Kristin Burleigh
Apr 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Younger females
Recommended to Kristin by: My mom!
I love this book. I love ALL of the books in this 'series'. I read them when I was in 6th or 7th grade and BEGGED my mom for the set for YEARS until she finally got it for me on my 15th or 16th birthday! I now have the boxed set all safe and sound on my bookshelf where I look at them lovingly every time I pass. They were my childhood, and will be passed onto my children should I ever be blessed with any.

Definitely suggest for younger readers; it's a CLASSIC!
Josiah
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the best biographies I’ve ever read! Anderson gives us the perfect summary of the Ingalls’ life, specifically Laura. I’ve learned so much that I never knew. This book is perfect for adults and children to learn about one of the best authors that ever lived, Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Sherry
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved this! Now I totally want to go to Missouri and see her house!
My Book Strings
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Perfect for the target age group.
Juli
I first read the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder in grade school. Growing up in a small Kansas town, I loved reading stories of the prairie and pioneers. I remember imagining what it must have been like to travel in the back of a covered wagon, and to be a homesteading pioneer family. Many, many children (and adults) have happily had those same thoughts, ever since the first Little House book was published in the 1930's.

I remember several family vacations where we drove hours out of o
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LynnDee (The Library Lush)
I read this book because it had been on my To-Read shelf for almost 5 years. This is a middle grade biography about Laura Ingalls Wilder. I didn't really learn anything new per say, but considering that the 150th anniversary of her birth is next month and also that the book would count for the Librarian Reading Challenge (a reading challenge I'm participating in at work), I figured now was a good time to read it :).
Theresa Garton
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
A good summary of Laura’s life. It is a little simplistic in parts
Sally Cartwright
Apr 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
A simple and evocative summary of Laura's life that beautifully recaptures the essence of the Little House on the Prairie books. Took me right back...
Mara
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
good early middle school level biography on Laura Ingalls Wilder
Scott
Dec 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At times I found myself thinking that William Anderson had the easiest job ever – his biography subject had already told the whole world about the details of her life through her own writings and so the subject of the biography had already done most of Anderson’s work. This thinking is unfair to Anderson, of course, but I felt that way at times because I have read all of Wilder’s books and therefore many events were not new to me. However, Anderson does a nice job of trying to present the facts ...more
Scash
Jun 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book was fascinating to me. I learned so much more about Laura's life from this biography than what the tv show and her books cover. Laura started writing the Little House series IN HER 60'S! Amazing that she could remember so many details. Also, I was surprised to learn she only had one surviving child and from what I could discern her daughter Rose, had no living children. It saddens me that she doesn't have any descendents. Laura's life changed so much over the course of her 90+ years... ...more
Zoe
Mar 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This was an easy read - might be considered a YA level of biography, andyone 12 and up could read it, but the average person knows so little about Mrs. Wilder's later life. It tells a great deal about her time in the Ozarks, how she became a write late in life but didn't write the Little House series until she was in her 70's, and just how famous she and her daughter were. (Rose Wilder Lane was a bestselling author). If you've ever closed the last of the Little House books and wondered what happ ...more
Story_Girl
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is one of the better Laura Ingalls Wilder Biographies I have read. It includes some fantastic photographs of Laura and her family, a lovely touch. It's written in an easy to read style, mimicking Laura's early books and it contains some fresh information, especially about the later years of Laura's life. I learnt somethings I never knew before - which I think is the hallmark of a good biography.
What I really liked about this biography is that it is written in a way that you could read it w
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Alicia
Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read this probably when I was about 8 to 10 at the height of my obsession with the Little House series. I remember having such a great time reading this and learning more about her and her family. Honestly it's been over 10 years so I really don't remember much besides just perhaps some vague snippets of her life story.
Jill Diamond
Jul 02, 2019 rated it liked it
I read this book at the suggestion of my mom. Our whole family enjoyed the Little House on the Prairie books and the tv shows. I can’t see a girl in ringlets without thinking if Nellie Olson.

I learned a lot of new things about LIW in this book, and overall it was enjoyable. The writing style seemed to be aimed at a young audience.
Jenny Ford
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Jenny by: My Mom
A very enjoyable read. Gives her biography nicely without giving away too much. In certain places, the book tells you where to read a certain story in a book Laura Ingalls wrote. I love reading about her and her life.
Courtney
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography
I thought I knew about everything when it came to the story of Laura Ingalls. This book actually had more information than I had ever heard. Good addition to any collection.
Susan Holt-angeline
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I Love Laura Ingalls Wilder!!!
Nicholas A
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When Laura was little she did not have any dolls finally one day on her birthday her parents surprised her with a doll.
Dana
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-aloud
I really loved reading the story behind the beloved books!
Kim
Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have read a lot about Laura Ingalls Wilder over the years, yet this biography provided a useful chronology as well as information and details that I had not encountered before.
Barbara
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pleasant reading and for those who have read the Little House books it does fill in some bits in Laura's life story.
Katie
Dec 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love Laura!
Stephanie
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of our family's favorites.
A classic.
A great choice for every child's bookshelf.
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William Anderson is an American author, historian and lecturer. He is a specialist in the subject of Laura Ingalls Wilder and her times.

His interest in American frontier began after reading Little House on the Prairie. He is a director of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Home and Museum in Mansfield, Missouri, and he lives and works as a teacher in Michigan.

Librarian’s note: There is more than one author
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