Monday, July 26, 2021

The Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder ~ A Delight Directed Review

The Selected Letters is of Laura Ingalls Wilder by William Anderson and read by John Morgan and Tish Hicks review is not one of my normal book reviews. I listened to this book on Scribd. I was completely delighted, and spontaneously wrote this review for Scribd after I listened to it. 

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 Oh my, this book was truly wonderful! It touched my heart like no other book has for some time. I first heard my teacher, Mrs. Pamela Higgs, read this to me and my fourth grade class way back during the Bicentennial celebration.  Laura Ingalls Wilder caught my attention and held it raptly. I saved my allowances of fifty cents each week to buy her books, which then cost $2.50 in paperback with the Garth Williams illustrations. Mrs. Wilder was one of the most influential people in my life as I read, re-read, and asked for her books for every birthday and Christmas. 

I've read several books about Mrs. Wilder's life over the last forty plus years. None touched me like The Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder written by William Anderson and Laura Ingalls Wilder.  I believe that this is largely because Tish Hicks read Laura's letters brilliantly. As Mrs. Hicks read, I felt that I was listening as  Laura was speaking.  She even started with a young voice and aged with Laura as the years passed. 

It's hard to say what this meant to me. It felt a bit like closure. Something that was stirred to life in me as a ten year old has grown through the years  I've learned to do myself, to make do, and make something out of nothing, and it has come to full fruition as I listened to this wonderful antholology of letters that Mr. Anderson collected and put into order then explained as each was read. 

She was little Laura, Laura the young wife, Laura the mother, Laura the writer, and Laura the beloved elderly author.  I was little Laura, Laura the young wife, Laura the mother, Laura the writer and who knows what my future holds. 

I am richer for "knowing" Laura Ingalls Wilder, and that William Anderson, John Morgan, and Tish Hicks have given a middle aged woman a great deal of pleasure.


Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

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  1. I too used Laura as a model for my life. SHe was such a hard working woman and let nothing stop her.

    1. ​So very true. She and Ma were good role models!​

  2. Laura I'm glad you are on the mend. This book sounds delightful! Speaking of Laura Ingalls Wilder, I went ahead and bought the nine book set just for me! Amazon had it on sale a few weeks for $28.00 which is less than Christian book Distributors which had it for $36. I'm a happy mama! Enjoy your day Laura!

    1. How wonderful! I still have my tattered copies from my childhood. I read them to my kids.

  3. Dear Laura, Thank you for introducing me to The Selected Leters of Laura Ingalls Wilder. I didn't think that I would enjoy listening to books being read. I always enjoyed reading them myself. But this should be an enjoyable exerience. Thank you.

  4. I don't want you to fall over from shock, but I've actually never read the Little House books (gasp!) I recently purchased the set so I can remedy that gaping void :-)

    1. Alright. I guess we can still be friends!
      Tee hee! I think you'll love them.

  5. You should read Young Pioneers by Rose Wilder! You might like it, too! I thought it was a good book. It is fiction I believe, and Rose's writing is different but I like it.

    1. Thank you! I'll look into it.
      Be blessed!


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