I mostly missed the "Little House" books and saw perhaps a handful of episodes of the TV series, so I wasn't primed to read McDowell's new book. But I admired her last garden history book, All the Presidents' Gardens, so I eventually picked up her new book on Laura Ingalls Wilder's pioneer homesteading, gardens, and love for nature. Now I'm planning a prairie road trip, another look at the "Little House" books, and learning more about her emancipated daughter, the author Rose Wilder Lane. This is one of the most beautifully produced books of the year (as befitting Timber Press). The carefully chosen and copious illustrations, engrossing biographical narrative, and sidebars from McDowell's own life, will have you sharing this book with anyone interested in our pioneer life, Wilder and her books, and our natural world. A gift for all ages.
"For gardeners, botanists, and fans of Laura Ingalls Wilder, this book looks at the beloved Little House on the Prairie author's relationship to nature." --Publishers Weekly
The universal appeal of Laura Ingalls Wilder's books springs from a life lived in partnership with the land, on farms she and her family settled across the Northeast and Midwest. In this revealing exploration of Wilder's deep connection with the natural world, Marta McDowell follows the wagon trail of the beloved Little House series. You'll learn details about Wilder's life and inspirations, pinpoint the Ingalls and Wilder homestead claims on authentic archival maps, and learn to grow the plants and vegetables featured in the series. Excerpts from Wilder's books, letters, and diaries bring to light her profound appreciation for the landscapes at the heart of her world. Featuring the beloved illustrations by Helen Sewell and Garth Williams, plus hundreds of historic and contemporary photographs, The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder is a treasure for anyone enchanted by Laura's wild and beautiful life.
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