Life on the Prairie

February 7, 1867
Laura Ingalls Wilder was Born

Have you ever dreamed of living in another time? Imagine what it would have been like to be one of the early settlers of the American frontier, moving by covered wagon through wide, windy prairies. You can really get a sense of what it was like by reading one of the books in the Little House series. These semi-autobiographical stories were written by Laura Ingalls Wilder who was born on this day, February 7, in 1867.

Imagine living in a pioneer log cabin in Wisconsin, on the prairie in Indian territory, or in a sod dugout by a creek in Minnesota (a shelter built into the ground of a hillside). Laura Ingalls Wilder lived in all these places. She also endured many hardships: blizzards that cut off food supplies, a plague of grasshoppers, the death of her one little brother. These were typical experiences in frontier life. But, as she shows in Little House on the Prairie, Pa and Ma always managed to create a happy, secure home for Laura and her three sisters. Do you know what happened to Laura Ingalls Wilder?

Wilder went on to become a teacher. She married and had one daughter who became a journalist. When Wilder was 65 years old, her daughter helped her write her first novel in the series, Little House in the Big Woods.

Try reading a book in the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Then close your eyes and imagine yourself back in the late 1800s, standing in the tall, waving prairie grasses.