It's the first Monday of the month so it's time for the Question of the Month bloghop, hosted by Michael D'Agostino of A Life Examined.
Michael's question for July is
“What was the first book (or book series) you really fell in love with?”
This question is an easy one for me, Michael, because my older sisters and I all fell in love with The Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I think I was seven when I read the first book in the series, Little House In the Big Woods.
I love the details in the books. I learned about everything from churning butter to digging a well. I also liked the constancy of the relationships in the Ingalls family. They were portrayed as being very independent, but as taking care of each other.
I read The Little House books over and over. When I was pregnant with my daughter and very sick, those were the book that comforted me. I also read the entire series to each of my children.
As I grew older, more authors and researchers studied the Ingalls family and wrote about them. I have some interesting books with background on the family's travels and parts of their lives that Wilder skipped over or changed for the books.
One of my favorite books about the family is
The Ingalls family quite often didn't have enough to eat and when they did have food, they didn't enjoy much variety. It's no wonder that Wilder put a lot of emphasis on meals in her books. The cookbook explains how they really cooked their food, provides recipes, and discusses how cooking has changed. Even the names of some food items are different now. Ma Ingalls used "saleratus" to bake a cake. Do you know what that means?
If you read The Little House books to your children, please take into consideration that you'll have to explain some history and changes in the way we think. Ma comments more than one time that the only good Indian was a dead Indian--and she didn't mean people from India.
I need to take a blogging break for a few days, or longer, so I can edit a book and do some work around my house. I'll see you soon, and I hope you join the Question of the Month Bloghop.
Infinities of love,
|Laura Ingalls Wilder at a book signing.|
She didn't start writing her books until she was in her sixties.
Her daughter, Rose Wilder Lane, was already an established author.
She collaborated on the books with her mother and edited them quite heavily.