Laura Elizabeth Ingalls Wilder was born on February 7, 1867, near Pepin, Wisconsin, to Charles and Caroline Ingalls (“Laura Ingalls Wilder Biography”). Her life during her youth was spent as a pioneer traveling all around the Midwestern states with her family. She had a total of 4 siblings she shared experiences with; her older sister Mary, and two younger sisters, Carrie and Grace. Laura also had a little brother, named Charles Jr., who passed away at 9 months old (“Laura Ingalls Wilder Biography”). The Ingalls family endured some very hard times during their travels, such as bad crops, Indian territory/land rights issues, which forced the family to move around a lot. The children could only attend school when a town had one available, so the Ingalls children were mostly self-taught, and taught by each other (Laura Ingalls Wilder). At age 15 Laura obtained her teaching certificate and became a teacher in a neighboring town. Mary, her older sister, who had gone blind due to illness, was away at a school for the blind. Due to this, the Ingalls family needed the extra income; so Laura helped by supporting them financially. Family friend Almanzo Wilder, who was 10 years older than Laura, would travel 12 mi...
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...ians, They had neighbors a few miles from them who had their houses burned to the ground. Laura also witnesses their house being raided one day while Pa was away(Wilder, Little House on the Prairie).
Little House in the Big Woods and Little House on the Prairie are two of the most beloved books in the “Little House” series. These stories captivate everything Wilder was trying to convey; all while remaining factual historically with her events and plots. They are also factual biographically, because her stories revolve around her life and family; and the real struggles they had to endure. Besides changing minor details to make her stories more age appropriate, she also makes sure to tell her story from the eyes of a child, by leaving the innocence intact. Wilder kept truth and accuracy in her stories, all while adding an entertainment, and sentimental value.
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