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Laura stared at the black cloud blotting out the sun. The cloud was unlike anything she had ever seen. As it got closer, it made a strange noise, like hail pelting the ground. Suddenly the sky began to rain grasshoppers. The bugs clung to Laura's hair and clothes and peered at her with bulging eyes. Soon they began destroying Pa's crops. From the big woods of Wisconsin to Laura stared at the black cloud blotting out the sun. The cloud was unlike anything she had ever seen. As it got closer, it made a strange noise, like hail pelting the ground. Suddenly the sky began to rain grasshoppers. The bugs clung to Laura's hair and clothes and peered at her with bulging eyes. Soon they began destroying Pa's crops. From the big woods of Wisconsin to the Indian country of the Great Plains, new adventures and landscapes filled the rich childhood of Laura Ingalls Wilder. On a frontier steeped in both danger and great possibility, Laura would grow up to witness firsthand the rapid transformation of the West as pioneers and covered wagons gave way to farms, towns, and railroads. Apioneer, teacher, farmer's wife, and storyteller, Laura Ingalls Wilder experienced one of the most exciting times in American history-history that this gifted writer brought to life for millions and preserved for generations to come.


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Laura stared at the black cloud blotting out the sun. The cloud was unlike anything she had ever seen. As it got closer, it made a strange noise, like hail pelting the ground. Suddenly the sky began to rain grasshoppers. The bugs clung to Laura's hair and clothes and peered at her with bulging eyes. Soon they began destroying Pa's crops. From the big woods of Wisconsin to Laura stared at the black cloud blotting out the sun. The cloud was unlike anything she had ever seen. As it got closer, it made a strange noise, like hail pelting the ground. Suddenly the sky began to rain grasshoppers. The bugs clung to Laura's hair and clothes and peered at her with bulging eyes. Soon they began destroying Pa's crops. From the big woods of Wisconsin to the Indian country of the Great Plains, new adventures and landscapes filled the rich childhood of Laura Ingalls Wilder. On a frontier steeped in both danger and great possibility, Laura would grow up to witness firsthand the rapid transformation of the West as pioneers and covered wagons gave way to farms, towns, and railroads. Apioneer, teacher, farmer's wife, and storyteller, Laura Ingalls Wilder experienced one of the most exciting times in American history-history that this gifted writer brought to life for millions and preserved for generations to come.

8 review for Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Storybook Life

  1. 4 out of 5

    Miranda Reads

    The problem with history books on Laura, is that we already know everything The original Little House series is semi-autobiographical (semi, because Laura would sometimes censor the more terrible things she witnessed). Ergo, there is not much "new" content to publish on her. That being said, this is a very well-done book - it covers all of the major life events from the little cabin in the woods to Laura's marriage to Almanzo. I enjoyed the selections from Laura's stories - condensing seven books The problem with history books on Laura, is that we already know everything The original Little House series is semi-autobiographical (semi, because Laura would sometimes censor the more terrible things she witnessed). Ergo, there is not much "new" content to publish on her. That being said, this is a very well-done book - it covers all of the major life events from the little cabin in the woods to Laura's marriage to Almanzo. I enjoyed the selections from Laura's stories - condensing seven books into a short stories is no easy task. Fair warning: don't read this one first if you are planning on reading the Little House series (everything will be spoiled). But, as someone who read this series as a child, this book was a delightful walk down memory lane! If you want a new perspective on Laura's books, I'd suggest reading Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography. This takes Laura's original script for the Little House series and fact-checks everything. Very fun read. Audiobook Comments Read by Rebecca Gallagher - she did a wonderful job. Loved listening to it. YouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Snapchat @miranda_reads

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jami Balmet

    Loved this short and sweet biography on Laura!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Victoria Goodbrand

    I have read and reread this. I still love it!!!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Chandra

    It was pretty neat for us to find out how much of Laura Ingalls Wilder's stories portrayed her actual life! It was pretty neat for us to find out how much of Laura Ingalls Wilder's stories portrayed her actual life!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Don't read this if you haven't read the series. It will spoil everything. If you have read the series, you only need to read the first and last chapters. Even then, very little information is added. Don't read this if you haven't read the series. It will spoil everything. If you have read the series, you only need to read the first and last chapters. Even then, very little information is added.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Seth

    It was a great book! I liked when she was a child.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Karla Osorno

    Enjoyed reading this aloud to my daughter (who is 9). Inspired us to read more of her books.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Hank Pharis

    (NOTE: I'm stingy with stars. For me 2 stars means a good book or a B. 3 stars means a very good book or a B+. 4 stars means an outstanding book or an A {only about 5% of the books I read merit 4 stars}. 5 stars means an all time favorite or an A+ {Only one of 400 or 500 books rates this!).I would recommend any of the Benges books. I don't think I ever saw an episode of Little House on the Prairie but Wilder is a big deal in this part of the country so I tried this. And hers too was a very good (NOTE: I'm stingy with stars. For me 2 stars means a good book or a B. 3 stars means a very good book or a B+. 4 stars means an outstanding book or an A {only about 5% of the books I read merit 4 stars}. 5 stars means an all time favorite or an A+ {Only one of 400 or 500 books rates this!).I would recommend any of the Benges books. I don't think I ever saw an episode of Little House on the Prairie but Wilder is a big deal in this part of the country so I tried this. And hers too was a very good story. flag Like  · see review Feb 14, 2019 Melissa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition It's a CliffNotes version of the Little House books, told in the third person manner that LIW used, but with the real events (ie moving back to the Little Woods after Kansas, death of Freddy, the hotel) and also continuing on until Laura's death. A nice introduction for children to the amazing LIW. I did learn something. I knew Laura had visited Detroit. I didn't know that Almanzo had. It's a CliffNotes version of the Little House books, told in the third person manner that LIW used, but with the real events (ie moving back to the Little Woods after Kansas, death of Freddy, the hotel) and also continuing on until Laura's death. A nice introduction for children to the amazing LIW. I did learn something. I knew Laura had visited Detroit. I didn't know that Almanzo had. flag Like  · see review Oct 22, 2018 Christine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition Shelves: biography I listened to this audiobook before visiting the home of Laura Ingalls Wilder in Mansfield, Missouri. It made the visit more meaningful. I really enjoyed learning more about one of my favorite childhood authors. flag Like  · see review Jul 21, 2020 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition Great book! Learned a lot of new things about her life. flag Like  · see review Nov 21, 2019 Stewart Shenanigans rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition This is a great book of you want a quick overview of Laura's life. This is a great book of you want a quick overview of Laura's life. flag Like  · see review May 29, 2020 Katy Lovejoy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition Laura Ingalls Wilder has always been my favorite author flag Like  · see review Aug 05, 2018 Rafael Martinez Renteria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition Es un libro interesante, habla implícitamente de la providencia de Dios. flag Like  · see review Jul 09, 2018 Kathleen Meacham rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition Shelves: audiobooks-2018, kids-young-adult-2018 Quite enjoyable biography. flag Like  · see review Feb 21, 2019 Lori rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition I’m a big Laura Ingalls Wilder Fan. I love learning about her and her family. flag Like  · see review Jan 13, 2021 Madelyn Canada rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition Read this one out loud. My small fans of Little House on the Prairie thoroughly enjoyed this biography. Easy to read and engaging for all! flag Like  · see review Feb 14, 2012 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition Shelves: read-in-2016 This book uses stories from her books in telling the story of her life. A good overview that made me want to read her books all over again. flag Like  · see review Jennifer rated it really liked it Nov 15, 2018 Suzi Smith rated it really liked it Jan 28, 2018 Jessica rated it really liked it Jan 04, 2019 Emily rated it liked it Dec 14, 2018 Elizabeth rated it really liked it Nov 23, 2018 Carrie rated it really liked it Feb 05, 2019 Brit rated it really liked it Jan 17, 2019 Hannah rated it it was amazing Jan 20, 2020 Allie rated it it was amazing Sep 03, 2018 Sarah rated it really liked it Apr 14, 2012 Lily Buhl rated it really liked it Oct 04, 2016 Hannah Peterman rated it really liked it Jul 18, 2016 « previous 1 2 3 4 5 next »

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