Laura Ingalls Wilder

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Laura Ingalls Wilder

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One of four children, she was born on Feb. 7, 1867 in Wisconsin. She is famous for “Little House on the Prairie” classic historical fiction series for children. These novels follow the Wilder family and narrate their adventures as they travel West.

SNOW CANDY1 cup molassesI cup brown sugarFresh, clean snow (or crushed ice) Measuring cupLarge potWooden spoonCandy thermometer, or cup filled with cold waterShallow pan, such as a cake panClean towel Boil the molasses and sugar together in the large pot until the mixture reaches the "hard crack" stage on a candy thermometer, or until a spoonful dropped into cold water forms a hard ball and cracks. Remove the syrup from the heat. BE VERY CAREFUL. THE SYRUP IS EXTREMELY HOT AT THIS STAGE. Scoop fresh, clean snow (or crushed ice) into the shallow pan. Dip up a spoonful of syrup and dribble it onto the snow in "circles, and curlicues, and squiggledy things" as Laura and Mary did. It will harden and become candy. Lift the candy off the snow and onto a clean towel to dry.

Laura Ingalls Wilder

Biography and Famous Works

The Pioneer SpiritFinding joy in simple things, Appreciating nature, Becoming acquainted to new places, Family loyalty and support, Coping with hardships and illness

Laura: spirited, courageous with a sense of adventure. Loves to climb trees, ride horses, and sing to Pa’s fiddle. Acts as the “eyes” to her sister Mary.Mary: Oldest of the sisters, very gentle and caring. Became blind from Scarlett Fever as a child. Went to a special school for the blind.Carrie: Loves to explore and play with her sistersGrace: Youngest of the four Wilder sisters

Get to know the Characters of one of America's First Pioneer Families!

American Author, Pioneer, teacher, farmer, and editor1867-1957

"Home is the nicest word there is"."I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all”

Did you know?The widely read books by Wilder were made into a popular tv show titled "Little House on the Prarie"in the 1970s!

A Recipe for Reading Fun: Make this delicious recipe from the Wilder sisters' cookbook!

When you read these books, you'll learn about the following themes...

Her wise words live on today:

All of her novels were based on her childhood:

Which "Little House" family member is most like you?Take the quiz and find out!


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