August 14, 2008

Laura Ingalls Wilder

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I remember the day I looked at the cover of my well worn copy of Little House on the Prairie and realized that the little Laura Ingalls in the book was the Laura Ingalls Wilder on the cover who wrote the book. I would love to sit down with her and pick her brain about her life and her well loved books. These would be my questions:

1. The Little House books are semi-autobiographical. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers trying to take the seemingly unrelated details of their own lives and turn them into a cohesive, interesting book?

2. You grew up in a time when a woman got married and had children, instead of going to college and pursuing her own career. If you were growing up now, what would you want to do?

3. Through the course of the books, we got to know not only you, but your parents and sisters as well. What happened with them after the books ended?

What would YOU ask Laura Ingalls if you had the chance?

— Carly H., STACKS Staffer

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  1. gigi

    well to start off if i had the chance to ask laure ingalls somthing it would have to beif she has time because i would have plenty mors questions after.
    also ifi had to grow up without a carrer and just get married ii would want it to be with someone special.Biut fyi i have rea all the books,m and own them and laura does get an educatiion. she and her sisters go attend school and laura does get a job and still gets married and has a daughter named rose.Ok i don’t have any advice for those who want to write because whenn you wrie you just write what comes naturelle.i mean many writers write thiern thought and feelinghs.ican;t explain it well in words just to say express your self .i am huge fan and i can’t eimagine whaT WOULD HAPPEN TO THE FAMLILY but only good things.
    Mary is blind but gets an education.e.t.c.

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  2. Jane

    If I could ask Laura Ingalls Wilder anything… My head is spinning, I loved her books, her writing, and her awesome portrayl of her life. I would ask her many questions, so it’s hard to think about what I wanted to ask her most.
    1) What inspired you to write about your life? Any specific person or event?
    2) When you began to write, did you have any idea or inkling that your books would catch on like they did? There were TV shows, spin-off books, books on tapes, and almost every girl in America has read them and wondered what it would be like to be you!

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  3. Carri

    First off i would thank her over and over and over because with out her i would still be in my reading help class i was still at a kindergarden level in 3rd grade and then my teacher read us the first book when i learned there was more i grabbed them and weroked sooo hard through tem and hit a high school reading leval in 5ht grade yeah that fast then i would goo off in really long questions ask9ng for descriptions and such and so because i had so many questons i’d invite her to dinner but laura ingalls wow, i love her. she might have to get a restraining order on me….. oh.

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