Today’s poem was inspired by the NaPoWriMo prompt at http://www.napowrimo.net/day-twenty-nine/ . Click on the Dropbox link below the poem to hear me read it.
Laura Ingalls Wilder, the little girl
who lived in the big woods, grew up,
got married, had a daughter,
Rose Wilder Lane, wrote about
her life with Rose’s help.
Her tales delighted me and other children.
Now, Susan Wittig Albert
writes about Rose and Laura’s lives during the Depression,
how Rose and Laura collaborated
on the Little House books,
still fascinating to me, but do today’s young people
want to know about life over a hundred years ago?
Do they care about a family on the prairie,
struggling to stay alive through harsh winters, drought?
This book should encourage mothers to read to their daughters,
as mine did, about the little girl in the big woods.
Do you remember reading the little house books when you were a child? Did you have any favorite books in the series that you read more than once? Mine was Little Town on the Prairie, in which Laura, a teen-ager, starts working to support her family and launches her teaching career. I hope to finish Susana Wittig Albert’s book in time to blog about it next week so stay tuned.