Sharing Laura

One of the things I really appreciate about the folks who read, contribute to, and write for this blog is the fact that all of us love to share Laura with others.

I have several nieces and nephews, but I have three nieces who are all at the right age to start reading and appreciating Laura. We read the books together. But we also have a wonderful time “playing” Laura. Pancake men for breakfast! Nine-patch quilt pillows! Making butter in a Mason jar! Babysitting sourdough starter for fresh bread! Taking walks in the park, building campfires, singing songs–we do it all.

We particularly enjoy the CD I bought at the Little House on the Prairie Musical gift shop at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, “Happy Land: Musical Tributes to Laura Ingalls Wilder.” It features fiddle-playing of classic tunes from the book, as well as traditional compositions of a number of songs, including “Highland Marry”, “Captain Jinks,” “The Big Sunflower,” and “Captain Jinks.”

We giggle along with some of the lyrics; “Captain Jinks” in particular has some surprisingly naughty verses. “Highland Mary” is sweet and haunting; I can see why it was Mary’s favorite.

In what ways do you “play” Laura?


For those who might be interested, I’ll be on a live radio call-in show Wednesday, June 24, starting at 1:06 p.m. on WILL-AM. It’s an NPR station, and I’ll be talking about my new book, More than a Farmer’s Wife: Voices of American Farm Women, 1910 to 1960.

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4 comments on “Sharing Laura
  1. Elliemae says:

    I just listened to your interview on the radio show–great job! (It’s still available on the radio station’s website– ).

  2. Beth says:

    I have two girls that are nine and five. My oldest just finished “By the Shores of Silver Lake” and loved it. I bought all the picture books based on Laura’s books and my youngest loves to read those as well as listen to chapters in “Little House in the Big Woods.” I am planning a trip to De Smet hopefully in two years when both girl will really appreciate the trip.

    I also work in the children’s department of the local library and have a program devoted to Laura in February where we read the picture books and do crafts and games based on the Little House books. I also recommend the books to patrons as much as possible:-)

  3. Lauri says:

    You have a soundtrack to the musical? I’ve been looking for one. Do you know if there’s a way to order it? I wanted to hear the music before I bought it and then forgot on the way out.

  4. Laura says:

    When I was a young girl (not too young) I refused to use electricity in my bedroom so that I could be a little like Laura. I can’t believe my parents let me use candles and a kerosene lamp!
    I learned how to knit, crochet and do needlework. Sadly, I haven’t done much of that lately, but am starting to now that I have more time. I really want to learn how to quilt. Someday…
    My own daughter never got into Laura, until recently, so had no interest in playing Laura. I just went along my merry way and hoped that someday she would. She recently started enjoying the books (she’s 28!) after a re-read. Maybe now!