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Saturday, April 30th, 2011

Subject:Journal article- interesting info on Cousin Charley
Posted by:broadwaypoetez.
Time:11:25 pm.

Feminist review of the series from 1997. Just finishing the first chapter about the Big Woods. Apparently Laura was going to feature Charley again in By the Shores of Silver Lake where he tries to kiss her and she brandishes a knife, but Rose disagreed with the scene and had it removed.


Haven't read this one yet, but I'm sure it'll be interesting.
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Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Subject: 'Little House' to launch national tour in St. Paul
Posted by:broadwaypoetez.
Time:4:34 am.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The musical version of "Little House on the Prairie" launches a national tour in St. Paul, Minnesota, this fall.

The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts announced Monday that "Little House" will kick off its 2009-2010 theater season.

"Little House" had a sold-out run when it premiered at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis last summer.

Actress Melissa Gilbert will again play Ma Ingalls as she did at the Guthrie. Gilbert played Laura, the daughter of her stage character, in the 1970s TV series based on the "Little House" books by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

"Little House" will run on the Ordway's Main Hall stage from Oct. 13-25.


On the Net:


Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.


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Thursday, November 13th, 2008

Subject:Little House Musical Will Tour
Posted by:stephenwhines.
Time:9:31 pm.

According to the website www.littlehousethemusical.com the Minnesota show will tour starting next September, so whatever its critical defects the story of Laura, told one way or the other, keeps rolling along. For information about her life in the Ozarks where she wrote the books with the help of Rose, my book Laura Ingalls Wilder, Farm Journalist provides the adult voice of the children's author. Even the original spelling and punctuation was left unchanged by the University of Missouri Press.
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Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

Subject:whoa, long time no post
Posted by:broadwaypoetez.
Time:11:59 pm.
Found this on Jezebel (feminist site with snark and attitude)


And completely unrelated:


Reminded me of LHitBW and Invader Zim ("Gir, why is there bacon in the soap?!?!" "I MADE IT MYSELF!!")
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Thursday, July 31st, 2008

Subject:More musical info
Posted by:broadwaypoetez.
Time:9:48 pm.




My opinion (based on these articles):

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Monday, July 28th, 2008

Subject:Little House musical
Posted by:broadwaypoetez.
Time:11:23 pm.
quote from a brief Melissa Gilbert interview in People Magazine, she plays Caroline "Ma" Ingalls

Little House as a musical?
This is not the Little House on the Prarie that anyone remembers! I'm singing and dancing, and, at one point, I do a handstand on my leading man's shoulders in the middle of a square dance.

-- People Magazine August 4, 2008 (The Obama family is on the cover.)

So... yeah. The more I reread the series, the more I pick up on the attitudes of the characters, and I can't see Ma, who would hide her ears behind her hair, flipping over and giving people a nice shot of bloomers and petticoats.

The Guthrie describes Little House as such: "Though their DeSmet, South Dakota, farmstead comes with many new challenges, the Ingalls family perseveres through the hardships of pioneer life to find hope, love and the promise of a new beginning in a land of endless sky and open prairie. As Laura struggles to overcome a lifelong loathing of school and frequent battles with a town rival, her older sister's sudden blindness and a harsh winter blizzard test the independent spirit of this young pioneer. Forced to grow up quickly, she follows an unexpected calling, becoming a teacher and finding love on the prairie."


Sounds like an adaption of By The Shores of Silver Lake up to These Happy Golden Years. (The First Four Years would be too dark.) Jusging by what Gilbert said about Ma's dancing, this'll probably be geared more towards children, obviously excluding The First Four Years. I wonder when Nellie will be included. Would she be there from the beginning and survive the winter, or appear after?

Needless to say, I want to see it.
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Thursday, June 5th, 2008

Subject:I made an OKCupid.com quiz
Posted by:mercy_mild.
Time:1:41 pm.
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Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

Subject:The prequels and sequels...
Posted by:broadwaypoetez.
Time:2:22 pm.
Obviously they aren't as good as the originals, but I would like to hear the take of those who have read them. Were they historically accurate? Were the authors aware of the original writing style?

Here's another question, if it hasn't been discussed yet, how would you feel about prequels involving the men in Laura's life? Farmer Boy already exists, but I would like to hear if someone tackled more of his story. Charles Ingalls would be a good read as well, and maybe even a book about Roger Lea MacBride for ... Libertarian children?

I would just like to read something from the male perspective. Take Farmer Boy. Almanzo is raising a beautiful young pig that he will grow fondly attached to and eventually slaughter. If that's not a tear-jerking chapter (written in a classically blunt and stoic tone) I don't know what is. I am genuinely fascinated by this. Unfortunately, I'm not a history major and don't plan on majoring in Agricultural History.
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Thursday, September 20th, 2007

Subject:The First Four Years
Posted by:armybride40304.
Time:1:31 pm.
We know that was published while still rough, and it shows. I have been wondering where the chapter divisions would have been if the book had been published the way the others were. Still, she put some wrapping up on the sections, saying that their anniversary came and went. Almost Genesis-like, in its own way.
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Saturday, September 8th, 2007

Subject:"New England Supper"
Posted by:armybride40304.
Time:2:59 pm.
In *Little Town on the Prairie*, the Thanksgiving celebration is termed a "New England Supper". I've finally concluded that this must be effectively a synonym for potluck/covered dish/carry-in meal; anyone else have any thoughts?
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Friday, June 8th, 2007

Subject:Little House Roadtrip
Posted by:gingerelanor.
Time:8:12 pm.
I thought you may be interested in updates about my recent trip across the States. I just got back a couple of days ago.

I first encountered the Little House books about thirty years ago, when I was very small. I've loved them ever since, and for the last few years I've been wishing I could see the places that Laura talked about in her books. Finally, my mother and I went.

We did other things too, not just Little House things, but we did see Pepin and Wanut Grove, Plum Creek and De Smet. We also went on to the Badlands, where Laura and Almanzo visited in their motor car, and Keystone, where Carrie lived with her husband, and where Mary died. We also saw many things that weren't directly related to the Ingalls family, but which readers of the books may find interesting, especially a place called Old World Wisconsin, a 'living museum' near Milwaukee.

There are several entries on my journal, under the "little house holiday" tag - I've unlocked all the relevant ones so that you can read them, and there will be several more to come over the next few days.
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Friday, May 11th, 2007

Subject:Plan a trip?
Posted by:kresska.
Time:9:57 pm.
I've been thinking about planning a "Laura Ingalls Wilder" road trip for some time in the future. But I'm looking for some input. What places would you visit and in what order?
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Friday, August 25th, 2006

Subject:The Ingalls live on!
Posted by:jesusrock7.
Time:7:39 pm.
The Ingalls name still lives on, although I'm guessing it's from one of their relatives -- not Charles and Caroline...unless they had a son we never heard about.

I had a photo-lab customer this week who married an Ingalls, so at the wedding her friends jokingly called her Laura. *LOL*
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Saturday, August 12th, 2006

Posted by:eternalism.
Time:11:56 pm.
Maybe this is a dumb question, but is De Smet pronounced with a hard 'T' at the end, or is it more like "dismay"? I know they said it was named for a French settler, but North American pronunciations for foreign words often get mangled, so I was just curious about that.
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Wednesday, June 21st, 2006

Subject:Cancer Bracelet
Posted by:navy_brat_1972.
Time:1:22 pm.
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Sunday, June 11th, 2006

Posted by:hnfiwen.
Time:9:21 pm.
Mood: awake.
Hi guys!

sorry, v. rude of me not to introduce myself before now ;) My name's Rach, i'm 20, and i'm from australia. i'm currently in the last year of my arts degree at the university of melbourne, majoring in linguistics and indonesian. i've been a laura fan since i was a young child, and absolutely adore the books!

anything else you want to know, you can check out my profile for other (diverse and weird) interests. ;)

<3 Rach
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Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

Subject:Boy, I'm just full of posts here, aren't I?
Posted by:eternalism.
Time:5:32 pm.
I primarily have a question about Mary Ingalls, and the reason for her blindness. In the books, it was written as being from scarlet fever. According to online research, it seems that she had a stroke, which caused the blindness, and the most I can find about what caused the stroke is that it was due to "illness". Is that illness the scarlet fever, or was it something completely different? Or do we know?

Seems like there were a health problems running through that family. Mary's blindness (which could be explained away by illness, possibly), Carrie's poor health, the death of baby Freddy . . . I know I'm not the only person to speculate on that, but I wonder if there was some genetic predisposition to poor health along one of the family lines.

Edit - While browsing my local library today, I found Donald Zochert's book on Laura, and skimmed to the section on that time of her life in order to see if I could find out anything more about Mary. According to Zochert, an interview with Laura said that the doctors of the time claim that Mary's stroke was caused by a bout of measles that she never really recovered from. It also claims that the whole problem started when Mary had a pain in her head, and it got worse from there, coupled with high fever and delirium, which supports the meningitis theory.

However, there's no mention in that book that the entire family was sick with scarlet fever at that time, so I'm not sure if that should be factored into all this or not.
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Tuesday, May 30th, 2006

Posted by:eternalism.
Time:4:46 pm.
Has anyone else here read Cynthia Rylant's Old Town in the Green Groves? Did anyone else here think it was a book filled with pure crap?

Seriously. This person claims to have done their research to fill in the years that weren't written about during Laura's childhood. But honestly, she makes more mistakes than I can shake a stick at, and I do a lot of stick-shaking! Aside from horrible characterization, she sticks in a large amount of historical inaccuracies, and ends the book in such a way that I don't think it would line up properly with the timeline Laura etsbalished in her books.

I know this was a book for kids. I know that kids wouldn't catch a lot of the inaccuracies that bugged the hell out of me. But really, it's like Rylant read the Little House books once, went to a couple of websites, and just started writing, without doing an ounce of historical research beyond that. And when one is writing historical fiction, methinks that's a fairly large faux pas.

I don't know how that book got the good reviews it did, I really don't.

This really makes me nervous about reading any of the other books that follow Laura's family that weren't actually written by Laura. How much did the other authors get wrong, and on how large a scale? Will I even be able to enjoy them without nitpicking over all the stupid mistakes they may make?

(Sad how one lousy book can potentially ruin the enjoyment of an entire series, isn't it?)
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Thursday, May 25th, 2006

Posted by:eternalism.
Time:10:21 pm.
I suppose I ought to make the standard introductory post for this community. *grins* Hi, my name is Winter, I'm 22 (well, as of June 7th), and have read and loved the Little House books since I was 11 years old. I remember, in the sixth grade, we had an assignment to write about a period in history where we'd like to spend Christmas, and I chose the time in Laura's books.

I never knew, at that time, that my interest in the time period and Laura's life would blossom into a full-blown obsession in my early 20s. I can't count the number of times I've read the books. I almost have them all (at least the "Laura Years" ones), and I spent far too much time browsing online to find more information about her and her family, as well as the period she lived in. I can't tell if I annoy or amuse my roommate by constantly telling her things about Laura's life that I think are interesting.

Laura, in many ways, has become something or a heroine to me. I'm sure plenty of people have said that, though.

I must say, it is nice to see a community that's more devoted to the books and Laura's actual life instead of the TV show. Everywhere I go online to try and find out more facts seems to lead me to episode summaries and character bios for people from the show. :/

On a slightly different note, it may (or may not) interest some people to know that I'm working on a little bit of Little House fanfic, so to speak. I was curious as to what might happen if the Ingalls family never left Kansas, instead holding their ground and refusing to let the threat of soldier drive them off. It's all speculation about what could have happened if they'd stayed, and having to reconcile the difference in dates and ages between real life and the books gets a little winky sometimes, but so far, it's fun writing, and I just hope I'm offending nobody's memory when I write it. :p

Anyhoo, to make a long story less long, it's good to be here, and I look forward to lots of good conversations with you all.
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Sunday, March 19th, 2006

Subject: I found Little House Icons
Posted by:b_elle.
Time:6:11 pm.
I was just looking thought random communites when I came accross book_icons and found a few posts filled with both LHotP and LIW icons. QUite a few were from pics that I'd never seen before and a few of them were made from the show or the illustrations from the books. If you want to ese them feel free to go here Little House Icons here
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Thursday, March 9th, 2006

Subject:The Little Men Who Love Little House
Posted by:b_elle.
Time:4:07 pm.
Mood: amused.
I was just googling random things and I found this from a slate.com feed

The Little Men Who Love Little House
Why boys like girls books.

By Emily Bazelon
Posted Thursday, March 9, 2006, at 12:57 PM ET

When I found out that I was pregnant with my second son, I didn't despair (as some of my friends have) about never having a daughter. But I did have a small flutter of panic—about books. I'd been looking forward to reading with my own kids the stories that I loved most. What if my sons balked at some of the books that I adored—the Betsy-Tacy series, All-of-a-Kind Family, Anne of Green Gables, and of course, the Little House series?

The conventional educational wisdom holds that boys don't like to read about girls. If a book has a girl on the cover, it's toast, no matter how adventure-filled or well written. And this isn't a phenomenon of puberty. The prejudice supposedly starts early in elementary school, if not before. I decided not to believe it. While my children aren't the literary equivalent of boys whose mother makes them wear frilly collars, I often pull a beloved "girl" book off the shelf of the library and bring it home. And to my surprise Eli, who is 6, has been with me all the way.

For this reason, the recent fretting that boys are laggard readers makes me nervous. I don't like the idea of teachers or librarians steering my sons toward some preconceived notion of "boy-friendly" reading material. Don't tell my boys, subtly or directly, that they'd probably prefer a book with a boy for a hero. Don't even point out the distinction.Read more...Collapse )
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Friday, February 24th, 2006

Posted by:suicidekitty911.
Time:3:03 pm.
Awww what a neat community!
I love Laura! I've just gone through this phase where i've read everything Little House i could get my hands on. All laura's books, all the ones about rose, and even the martha, charlotte and caroline ones. now i've moved on to more biography type stuff. it's all been very interesting. have any of you read Constructing the Little House? it's supposed to have some pretty serious feminist ideas, and i really wanna read it, but i'm having some trouble tracking down a copy. (except on the internet, where i try to avoid buying stuff). if you've read it, what do you think about it?
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Friday, October 7th, 2005

Subject:May I...?
Posted by:gingerelanor.
Time:9:36 pm.

Hello - I hope you don't mind me pushing in...

I've loved the Little House books since I was very small. The books weren't at all known here in England in the early 70s, but an American friend of my parents' left a copy of Little House on the Prairie behind after a trip, and my mother read it to me. I was about 4, I believe. I remember, as a young child, being fascinated by Laura and her childhood.  One winter, when I was about 6, my mother and I had to walk two miles back from grocery shopping in a raging blizzard, and she managed to get me home without a single grumble or winge by talking about the Long Winter, and about how exciting it was, and just like something from the books...

Anyway, I digress. I wanted to ask about visiting the sites of the Little Houses. It had never ocurred to me before this year, but my mother has suggested we do a fly-drive thing to the States next year sometime. I've done a little research, but I really have no idea about distances on a map of the US. How feasible is it to drive between all of the main sites?  How close is Chicago to Pepin? I was thinking of something along the lines of flying to Chicago, spending a few days there and then hiring a car and driving around the various places. We would have a couple of weeks, I imagine. I can see that Pepin, DeSmet, Burr Oak, Walnut Grove etc are more or less in the same general area (or does the map distort that?) but is the Ozark farm out of the question in the same trip, do you reckon?


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Tuesday, August 16th, 2005

Posted by:purple__mist.
Time:4:20 pm.
Just went to the house of Laura Ingalls Wilder in Mansfield, MO last week. It was very good and worth to go! :-) That place shows many of Ingalls' things and information. Two houses of Laura and Almanzo's were very nice. Also, I brought some postcards and a book about Laura's Life with interesting pictures.

My Mom and I spent there for several hours. :-D

T'care, ta-ta.
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Monday, August 15th, 2005

Subject:Books for Sale! Check them out. (Mods, please delete if inappropriate.)
Posted by:anjaliesque.
Time:12:34 pm.
Mood: worried.
I'm desperate for college money and am having to take drastic measures.

I'm selling my beloved books.

I hope one of you will love these as much as I have! There are several Laura Ingalls Wilder classics on the list.

These paperback books are in excellent condition, ranging from Children's to YA to Adult, and winning the auction entitles you to CHOOSE ANY TEN off a long list of options. Ever wished you had a box of unexplored books to peruse at leisure, no library overdue fines to worry about? Want to give your child, friend, or teen a box of fun summer/weekend reading to work their way through?

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