February 7, 2018, marks the birthday of one of America’s greatest female authors, Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Born in 1867, Laura Ingalls lived a life that she believed was worth telling. Through her series Little House On The Prairie, Laura recalled life in the early days on American plaines. While her possessions were few, her vision and imagination were vibrant.
Laura’s first book in her series, ‘Little House In The Big Woods’ would go on to lay a foundation for the series that would later impact millions. Laura’s first book shared of her earliest years; they were full of hardship, life lessons, and small moments of hope. The story captures the life that Laura was living when she was only five years old.
Following her first book were the beloved stories, ‘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,’ ‘The First Four Years.’ Each of her tales so realistically and creatively accounts for life as Laura knew it.
While Laura created several novels recounting her upbringing- both historically and creatively, she never truly created her stories expecting huge success. However, when The Depression hit, Laura and her husband were in desperate need of income. Her editor had her expand on her original ideas thus, The Little House became a success.
From then on, Laura was a household name. Her stories later picked up even more success when they were turned into a television show. In 1974, the Little House series aired. The show lasted for 204 episodes and aired until 1982.
Sadly, Laura never had the chance to see her works turn into such great entertainment for the world; she died in her home with her daughter on February 10, 1957, just three days after her 90th birthday.
Today, we remember Laura as a great American author who painted such a vivid picture of life before what so many of us know; a life that we will only ever know through her art of storytelling.
This year, Laura would be celebrating her 151st birthday. While she is no longer with us, her stories will remain in our hearts for decades to come.