Laura Ingalls Wilder

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Laura Ingalls Wilder

Laura Ingalls WilderBy Elise Humbert

“Home is the nicest word there is.” (Laura Ingalls Wilder). Laura Ingalls Wilder was a well known children's novelist whose books were based on her difficult life growing up in the Midwest. Her home was the vast lands of the Midwest. Laura was born on February 7th, 1867 in Pepin, Wisconsin to Charles Ingalls [Pa] and Caroline Ingalls [Ma]. Laura was an extraordinary woman who wrote eight books in her long life. On February 10th, 1957 Laura died on her Rocky Ridge farm in Missouri Ozarks. Laura was 90 years old. Today, children everywhere still read her books and love them.

When Laura was 15 she got her first job as a school teacher. Laura was young to be a school teacher. Laura was frightened and it didn't help that two of the students that she was teaching were older then she was. later when Laura married almanzo she helped him run their family farm and raise their daughter. when Laura was older she became a very famous children's novelist.

In conclusion I really enjoyed learning about Laura and her very interesting life. I think it is fascinating that she grew up in a pioneer life but also lived to see the inventions many modern objects such as cars, telephones, and television.

In 1930 Laura decided to write her autobiography. First Laura tried to publish a book for adults But the editors were not interested. Then Laura tried to write a picture book yet again the editors were not interested. Then one editor had a suggestion why not write book for middle grade readers. Laura thought it was a great idea and that's how she ended up with eight books in her series.




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Laura had a very interesting childhood which included her numerous moves around the country. “Wild animals would not stay in a country where there were so many people. Pa did not like to stay either. He liked a country where wild animals lived without being afraid.” (Laura Ingalls). Her Pa had something that Laura called an “itchy foot”. That meant that Pa never liked to stay in one place for long. Laura had one older sister Mary, and two younger sisters, Carrie and Grace. In 1875, Laura got a special surprise when her little brother, Freddy, was born. But then a tragedy happened. Freddy died from an illness. Little Freddy was only nine months old. The tragedies did not stop there. “worst of all fever had settled in mary’s eyes mary was blind” ( Laura Ingalls) In 1879, Mary, Laura’s sister, went blind from an illness. Now Laura was Mary’s eyes. Whatever she saw she helped Mary “see” it to. Laura didn't know it but she was preparing for life as a writer. Laura’s parents were farmers. That meant that almost everything the Ingalls ate they grew themselves.

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