Wilder, Laura Ingalls. A Little House Reader: A Collection of Writings by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Edited by William Anderson. HarperCollins, 1998. ISBN 0-06-026394-6. $15.89. 196 pp. B 4+ PT NF Reviewed by Sandra L. Tidwell This collection of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s writings includes examples of her parents’ and sisters’ writings in the “A Family of Writers” section. Laura’s writings are then grouped into the following headings: Writing from the Prairie, The House on Rocky Ridge Farm, The Missouri Ruralist Years, Mrs. Wilder’s Nature Songs, Laura and Her Hometown, Laura and the Younger Generation, Early Memories, The Little House Author, and Of Time, Life, and Eternity. I found Laura’s poetry and her writings about home and family to be most enjoyable. I don’t believe Anderson intended this to be a “read from cover-to-cover” book. I envision its use as a reference book for students wanting to read about Wilder’s life and other writings. In addition to the Table of Contents, I think a detailed Index and a list of photographs would be useful so readers can access the interesting and varied subjects discussed in the writings.
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