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Little Author in the Big Woods: A Biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder (Christy Ottaviano Books) Kindle Edition
Many girls in elementary and middle school fall in love with the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. What they don't always realize is that Wilder's books are autobiographical. This narrative biography describes more of the details of the young Laura's real life as a young pioneer homesteading with her family on many adventurous journeys. This biography, complete with charming illustrations, points out the differences between the fictional series as well as the many similarities.Yona Zeldis McDonough's Little Author in the Big Woods is a fascinating story of a much-celebrated writer.
Praise for Little Author in the Big Woods:
"This condensation of the long, peripathetic life of Laura Ingalls Wilder will intrigue fans of the Little House series." — Kirkus Reviews
"This biography draws parallels between Wilder's life and writing, featuring both hardships and joys of her experiences as a pioneer in the late 1800s and early 1900s . . . 'Little House' fans will find a lot to love here." — School Library Journal
Praise for Louisa: The Life of Louisa May Alcott:
A Junior Library Guild Selection
"McDonough, appropriately for the audience, places the development of Louisa’s character over literary exegesis, and her words are harmoniously both accessible and expressive. . . . While too dense for the littlest of women (and men), middle-graders will be charmed by this first look at one of America’s most beloved authors." — Kirkus Reviews
Praise for The Doll Shop Downstairs:
A 2010 Cooperative Children’s Book Choice
A 2012 New York State Reading Association (NYSRA) Charlotte Award Master List’s Selection
* "Mix one part Rumer Godden’s The Story of Holly and Ivy and many parts Sydney Taylor’s All-of-a-Kind Family and you create a standout family-and-doll story." — Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* "McDonough gives us a wholly original story. . . . Dolls and doll parts, a resourceful Mama and Papa and an appealing heroine and her sisters are all deftly drawn. . . . The Doll Shop Downstairs will become a classic." — Jewish Book World, starred review
About the Author
Yona Zeldis McDonough is the author of many books for children, including Sisters in Strength, Anne Frank, and Louisa: The Life of Louisa May Alcott. Ms. McDonough lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Jennifer Thermes is the author and illustrator of When I Was Built and Sam Bennett's New Shoes, which was a Bank Street College Best Children's Book. Her books as illustrator include the middle-grade novel Maggie & Oliver and The Iciest, Diciest, Scariest Sled Ride Ever! Jennifer also creates illustrated maps for magazine and book publishing clients.
- ASIN : B00JTIU1L2
- Publisher : Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (September 16, 2014)
- Publication date : September 16, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 6390 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 178 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,444,256 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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In passing, if you have any of the questions about pioneer country life that I have always had, a good follow-up book to LIW is "Little Heathens," by Mildred Armstrong Kalish, about growing up on an Iowa farm in the Great Depression, Remember Mary's college for the blind in Vinton, Iowa? "Heathens" takes place about fifteen miles from Vinton, and Vinton is mentioned more than once as a shopping venue for the family. I LOVE it when one book connects to another with such serendipity! ( I tried to load the Amazon cite for this, but my attempt failed.)
Written in a style that resembles the books for children that Laura Ingalls Wilder gave to humanity, so that children and the adults who read with them can appreciate the book. I really enjoyed this book...the author's informed voice stands tall for Laura Ingalls Wilder, her pioneer experiences growing up and her family's determination to give the women an education and the ability to think! The book is positive but sensible, so Laura's story is told in a supportive manner without gushing.
The information about Laura's mother's education and family was one of my favorite parts of this book. I bought the book for my Kindle Fire, but plan to get print copies for my grandchildren's libraries. I highly recommend the book.