Ellen
Ellen asked:

Interestingly, I have recently read "A Little House Sampler", a collection of writings by Laura Ingalls Wilder and Rose Wilder Lane. In a footnote the editor mentioned that Mary didn't become blind because of scarlet fever, but rather because of meningitis. I wonder why this misconception hasn't yet been corrected?

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Kerry A. Stead The Little House Sampler is all correct, however Laura Ingalls Wilder made different changes in the little house books so that younger children would understand better. A Little House Sampler is correct. The Little House books were ment for middle aged readers so Laura picked a sickness more common so that children knew what it was.
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 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.
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