By Amy Sickels
Whilst Laura Ingalls Wilder determined to jot down approximately her adolescence at the American frontier, she had no concept that her books may turn into staples of kid's literature. This biography indicates how those books remain precious classics world wide. It offers perception into the lifestyles and works this writer.
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At sunset, they led the cows back to the stable. At the end of the summer, in 1876, the family faced another tragedy when baby Freddy died at the age of nine months. He had always been sickly. In those days, it was difficult to get medicine, and many cures had not yet been discovered. Death was a part of pioneer life; no one was sheltered from it, but everyone in the family was deeply saddened by Freddy’s death. The Ingalls family was on the move. Next, they went to Burr Oak, Iowa, to live with the Steadmans, whom they knew from church in Walnut Grove.
She also portrayed him as a gentle, reasonable man. In one scene in Little House in the Big Woods, he does not shoot a deer because of its beauty: “It was a perfect shot. But he was so beautiful, he looked so strong and free and wild, that I couldn’t kill him. ” (Little House in the Big Woods, p. 233) Wilder described herself as more like her father than her mother, whereas Mary was more like Caroline. Blond and blue-eyed, Mary was obedient and reserved, but Laura was a tomboy. She liked to play outside and was sometimes scolded for not being ladylike.
Charles and Caroline were also expressing doubts at this stage about staying in Kansas. When settlers arrived from the East, they were excited to claim their “free” homestead land, but they quickly realized how difficult life was on the prairie. In addition to the hard work, isolation, and growing tension with the Native Americans, there were also illnesses and harsh weather conditions. Wilder wrote about a time when the entire Ingalls family fell sick with malaria—which they probably caught from the thick swarms of mosquitoes prevalent on the prairie—and Dr.