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Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography of Laura Ingalls Wilder

Updated on November 27, 2014
Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography.
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Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography

As a young girl, I read all of the books written by Laura Ingalls Wilder so naturally I watched and thoroughly enjoyed each and every episode of Little House on the Prairie. As a matter of fact, I know that this is a series, both in book and television form, which I returned to again and again and again reading the books until they were well worn and watching the shows that continue to appear in reruns even today.

It was therefore with great interest that I read the news this week about the coming of a new Laura Ingalls Wilder book called Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography. I guess I did not know much about Wilder before now as this was the first time I heard that Wilder first wrote a manuscript that was a truer documentation of her life as a child and that was meant for adults, which she later broke down into a children's story. That story or those books went on to become the books we now know as the Little House books.

On this page, read a bit more about Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House books, the television program Little House on the Prairie and the upcoming book, Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography. Once the book is published and I have had a chance to review it, I will be sure to come back here and add my thoughts.

Click here to order your copy of Pioneer Girl from Amazon.

Little House: The First Five Novels

Little House: The First Five Novels.
Little House: The First Five Novels. | Source

There is a more basic paperback series of the Little House books available but if I were looking to present someone with a copy of these stories, I would consider gifting this handsome leatherbound volume. It includes the first five books: Little House in the Big Woods, Farmer Boy, Little House on the Prairie, On the Banks of Plum Creek and By the Shores of Silver Lake and retails for less than $20 on Amazon.

Laura Ingalls Wilder & the Little House Books

Laura Ingalls Wilder lived from February 7, 1867 to February 10, 1957.

Tough times in the 1930s and the loss of family members prompted her to record the story of her growing up years, which she spent on the prairies in Minnesota during the 1870s and 1880s. She decided to publish her work as a means of bringing some much-needed money into her household.

As mentioned above, her original manuscript told her real life story and was written for adults. The story that was eventually published by Harper & Brothers in 1932 was a condensed down version appropriate for children and was called when Grandma Was a Little Girl. At the request of her publisher, Wilder expanded her story and created the Little House series as we know it today.

The books tell the story of Charles and Caroline Ingalls and their family, which consisted of three girls named Mary, Laura and Carrie.

The Writings of Laura Ingalls Wilder

The titles in the series include:

  • Little House in the Big Woods
  • Farmer Boy
  • Little House on the Prairie
  • On the Banks of Plum Creek
  • By the Shores of Silver Lake
  • The Long Winter
  • Little Town on the Prairie
  • These Happy Golden Years
  • On the Way Home
  • West from Home
  • The Road Back
  • A Little House Sampler
  • Writings to Young Women – Volumes 1 - 3
  • A Little House Reader: A Collection of Writings
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder & Rose Wilder Lane
  • Little House in the Ozarks: The Rediscovered Writings
  • Laura's Album

Buy Little House on the Prairie: The Complete Nine-Season Set From Amazon.

It seems like a pretty good price to me considering the fact that it is for the complete series, making it an excellent gift choice for a woman you know who grew up with and loved the series as well as for someone you would like to introduce to it.

The Little House on the Prairie Television Show

The television version of the Little House stories was called The Little House on the Prairie. It launched with a two-hour pilot move in 1974 and was followed that same year by the series that would eventually run until 1984. Young girls like me literally grew up with this television program that shared Wilder's story as the books did, in a family friendly manner.

To me and to many others, the five main actors that appeared in the program (Michael Landon, Karen Grassle, Melissa Gilbert, Melissa Sue Anderson, Lindsay and Sidney Greenbush) as well as numerous others who played supporting roles, literally became the characters they played, the Ingalls.

The series was so popular that the episode called "I'll Be Waving as You Drive Away" made it to number 71 on TV Guide’s 1997 list of the Top 100 Episodes of All Time.


Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography

Laura Ingalls Wilder Pioneer Girl The Annotated Autobiography
Laura Ingalls Wilder Pioneer Girl The Annotated Autobiography | Source

Buy Your Copy of Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography From Amazon

You can buy your copy of Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography from Amazon, which was released on November 20, 2014.

The real childhood story of children's author Laura Ingalls Wilder.

According to various news sources, Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography tells the unedited story of Laura Ingalls Wilder's life. The real story. That is, one that has not been altered to protect the innocent or the children who are going to be reading it.

According to The National Post, this uncensored autobiography will reveal that "sex, booze and wife beating (were) a part of the real Little House on the Prairie." It will share Wilder’s true childhood story, blemishes and all. It is a non-fiction work that will also include all of Wilder's original misspellings and peculiarities.

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    • TreasuresBrenda profile imageAUTHOR

      Treasures By Brenda 

      3 years ago from Canada

      You are right about the difference between the books and the television series. I guess that is often the case.

    • Lynn Savitsky profile image

      Lynn Savitzky 

      3 years ago from New Jersey

      I prefer the books, they were realistic without packing on the melodrama like the TV series did.

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      Angela F 

      4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Sounds like an interesting read! I loved the Little House on the Prairie books as a kid and enjoyed the TV show too.

    • TreasuresBrenda profile imageAUTHOR

      Treasures By Brenda 

      4 years ago from Canada

      Thanks for your visit! I haven't seen a rerun in a long time though I am aware that they are on regularly.

    • Seasons Greetings profile image

      Laura Brown 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I never read the books but I faithfully watched the series when I was a kid. I still like to find it in re-runs.

    • TreasuresBrenda profile imageAUTHOR

      Treasures By Brenda 

      4 years ago from Canada

      I read that, Virginia. It's interesting that they did not publish the children's books under both names though I guess Rose was acting as an editor rather than author.

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      Virginia Allain 

      4 years ago from Central Florida

      I do want to read this. Earlier this year, I read the biography of her daughter Rose, who it appears extensively revised the Little House manuscripts to make them sell.

    • TreasuresBrenda profile imageAUTHOR

      Treasures By Brenda 

      4 years ago from Canada

      JJNW, I'm sure that knowing the true story will help us have a better understanding of the world then. (It won't be for children though.)

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      JJNW 

      4 years ago from USA

      I raised my kids on the Little House series. This book should be very interesting. I hope it helps people somehow. Thanks for the good page :).

    • TreasuresBrenda profile imageAUTHOR

      Treasures By Brenda 

      4 years ago from Canada

      Thanks everyone for your visits and comments. I think Laura Ingalls Wilder touched many in North America and I am sure that many people don't realize it.

      Favored -- I guess I'm not really shocked more like intrigued to look beyond what we have come to know as the Little House stories.

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      Fay Favored 

      4 years ago from USA

      It's so funny that me being a teacher I never really got into these books or the program. Not growing up on TV I didn't know too much about her. I was really blessed though that I was able to visit her birthplace and home. Loved her low counters in the kitchen. Us petite people think that's a big plus. Of course, they don't share any of the negative details in the tour. Being such a big fan of hers it must have been a shock to you.

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      Kim Milai 

      4 years ago

      I had no knowledge of her books after These Happy Golden Years (I never pursued it). I would love to get back into this again and these book suggestions fit the bill Thank you.

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      Monica Lobenstein 

      4 years ago from Western Wisconsin

      I would be interested in reading more of Laura Ingalls Wilder story. I grew up on these stories. In fact, I read the series before I got to 4th grade where it is part of the Wisconsin History curriculum in our schools. So many good memories. As an adult now I find this autobiography very interesting.

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      William Leverne Smith 

      4 years ago from Hollister, MO

      She has always been an inspiration to me, my wife, and our three daughters. We only live about an hour or so away from her home, now in our retirement… lived all over the country in our working years. I write about rural life in the Ozarks, so this work will be especially interesting. Thanks for sharing!! ;-)

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