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
P.S. I listened to this book on Scribd.