Little House, Long Shadow
Title Little House, Long Shadow PDF eBook
Author Anita Clair Fellman
Publisher University of Missouri Press
Pages 360
Release 2008-05-21
Genre Literary Criticism
ISBN 0826266339

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Beyond their status as classic children’s stories, Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books play a significant role in American culture that most people cannot begin to appreciate. Millions of children have sampled the books in school; played out the roles of Laura and Mary; or visited Wilder homesites with their parents, who may be fans themselves. Yet, as Anita Clair Fellman shows, there is even more to this magical series with its clear emotional appeal: a covert political message that made many readers comfortable with the resurgence of conservatism in the Reagan years and beyond. In Little House, Long Shadow, a leading Wilder scholar offers a fresh interpretation of the Little House books that examines how this beloved body of children’s literature found its way into many facets of our culture and consciousness—even influencing the responsiveness of Americans to particular political views. Because both Wilder and her daughter, Rose Wilder Lane, opposed the New Deal programs being implemented during the period in which they wrote, their books reflect their use of family history as an argument against the state’s protection of individuals from economic uncertainty. Their writing emphasized the isolation of the Ingalls family and the family’s resilience in the face of crises and consistently equated self-sufficiency with family acceptance, security, and warmth. Fellman argues that the popularity of these books—abetted by Lane’s overtly libertarian views—helped lay the groundwork for a negative response to big government and a positive view of political individualism, contributing to the acceptance of contemporary conservatism while perpetuating a mythic West. Beyond tracing the emergence of this influence in the relationship between Wilder and her daughter, Fellman explores the continuing presence of the books—and their message—in modern cultural institutions from classrooms to tourism, newspaper editorials to Internet message boards. Little House, Long Shadow shows how ostensibly apolitical artifacts of popular culture can help explain shifts in political assumptions. It is a pioneering look at the dissemination of books in our culture that expands the discussion of recent political transformations—and suggests that sources other than political rhetoric have contributed to Americans’ renewed appreciation of individualist ideals.

Laura Ingalls Wilder
Title Laura Ingalls Wilder PDF eBook
Author Pamela Smith Hill
Publisher South Dakota State Hist Society
Pages 221
Release 2007
Genre Biography & Autobiography
ISBN 097779556X

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"[E]xamines Wilder's tumultuous, but ultimately successful, professional and personal relationship with her daughter-the hidden editor-Rose Wilder Lane.

These Happy Golden Years
Title These Happy Golden Years PDF eBook
Author Laura Ingalls Wilder
Pages 289
Release 1994

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A collection of nine books that recount the adventures of Laura Ingalls Wilder and her family.

Laura Ingalls Wilder: Creator of the Little House Books
Title Laura Ingalls Wilder: Creator of the Little House Books PDF eBook
Author Emma Carlson Berne
Publisher ABDO Publishing Company
Pages 114
Release 2007-09-01
Genre Juvenile Nonfiction
ISBN 1617852236

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Discusses the life of the woman who created the famous "Little House" books, from her childhood in Wisconsin to her old age at Rocky Ridge Farm.

Reading Tutor, Grades 4 - 8
Title Reading Tutor, Grades 4 - 8 PDF eBook
Author Maureen Betz
Publisher Mark Twain Media
Pages 48
Release 2009-08-24
Genre Juvenile Nonfiction
ISBN 1580378897

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Make reading fun for students in grades 4 and up using Reading Tutor: Biographies! This 48-page book captures readers' enthusiasm with interesting, age-appropriate biographies and activities relating to biographies. The book includes activities that reinforce difficult comprehension skills and improve reading levels. It is great for use in the classroom and at home!

These Happy Golden Years
Title These Happy Golden Years PDF eBook
Author Laura Ingalls Wilder
Publisher DigiCat
Pages 192
Release 2022-08-16
Genre Fiction

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DigiCat Publishing presents to you this special edition of "These Happy Golden Years" by Laura Ingalls Wilder. DigiCat Publishing considers every written word to be a legacy of humankind. Every DigiCat book has been carefully reproduced for republishing in a new modern format. The books are available in print, as well as ebooks. DigiCat hopes you will treat this work with the acknowledgment and passion it deserves as a classic of world literature.

Little House on the Prairie - Literature Kit Gr. 3-4
Title Little House on the Prairie - Literature Kit Gr. 3-4 PDF eBook
Author Lily Erlic
Publisher Classroom Complete Press
Pages 55
Release 2018-08-14
Genre Education
ISBN 0228303346

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Find out what life on the prairie was really like with this retelling of actual events. The thorough and comprehensive questions are great for small group work. Students put themselves in Laura's shoes as she experiences the hardships of living on the prairie. Test student comprehension of key vocabulary words found in the novel. Students explore what they learn about life on the prairie, particularly with how Pa builds the log cabin. Challenge students to describe Laura's surroundings while living on the prairie. Reenact your favorite scene from the novel in small groups. Complete a story map graphic organizer, following the events that take place during Laura's time on the prairie. Aligned to your State Standards and written to Bloom's Taxonomy, additional crossword, word search, comprehension quiz and answer key are also included. About the Novel: Little House on the Prairie follows one family's journey to a new home and new beginnings. Laura lives in a house in the Big Woods. But the area is becoming too crowded. Her father decides to uproot and move out to the prairies, where the land is vast and plentiful. On their journey, the family must cross two great rivers before the ice melts. They camp out alone with very little between them and their harsh environment. Soon they arrive on the prairie and choose a place to settle. But their hardships don't end there. While they build their new log cabin and get used to their surroundings, the family must survive illness, fires, wolves, and an increasing native population. As they finally settle in and prepare to plant their first crop, the family's year living on the prairie comes to an end. Little House on the Prairie is an educational story about what life was like in the American Midwest during the 19th century.