Item description for West from Home: Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder, San Francisco, 1915 by Laura Ingalls Wilder...
Overview Family letters written by the author of the Little House books reveal her impressions of the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition
"It is like a fairyland." So Laura Ingalls Wilder described her 1915 voyage to San Francisco to visit her daughter, Rose Wilder Lane. Laura's husband, Almanzo, was unable to leave their Missouri farm and it is her faithful letters home, vividly describing every detail of her journey, that have been gathered here. Includes 24 pages of exciting photographs and completely redesigned jacket art.
Citations And Professional Reviews West from Home: Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder, San Francisco, 1915 by Laura Ingalls Wilder has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 819
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/1991 page 402
Wilson Children's Catalog 96 - 01/01/1996 page 454
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2001 page 374
Publishers Weekly - 06/30/1989
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 537
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.56" Width: 5.32" Height: 0.47" Weight: 0.3 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 1994
Publisher Harper Collins Publishers
ISBN 0064400816 ISBN13 9780064400817
Availability 0 units.
More About Laura Ingalls Wilder
Laura Ingalls Wilder was born on February 7, 1867, near Pepin, Wisconsin. From 1882–1885 she was a teacher in South Dakota. She married Almanzo Wilder in 1885. Laura and her husband, Almanzo Wilder, made their own covered-wagon trip with their daughter, Rose, to Mansfield, Missouri. There, believing in the importance of knowing where you began in order to appreciate how far you've come, Laura wrote about her childhood growing up on the American frontier.
Laura Ingalls Wilder has said that she and her sisters were busy and happy as children but loved Pa's stories the best. In 1932, when Laura was 60 years old, she wrote her first book, Little House In The Big Woods, so those stories would not be lost. She thought about how she had seen the settling of the frontier -- the woods, Indian Territory of the Great Plains, the frontier towns, the coming of the railroad, and homesteading on the prairie. She thought of writing the story of her childhood in eight volumes that would cover each aspect of the American frontier. These became the Little House series. Wilder finished the last book in 1943. On February 10, 1957, she died at age 90, on her farm in Mansfield, Missouri.
For millions of readers Laura lives on forever as the little pioneer girl in the beloved Little House books.
Laura Ingalls Wilder was born in 1867 and died in 1957.
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Reviews - What do customers think about West from Home: Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder, San Francisco, 1915?
An adult fan Feb 21, 2007
As an adult Laura fan it felt so personal to be reading Laura's letters to her husband. It really wound up the series for me and made me search for more books about the Wilders.
Laura Jan 15, 2006
I love all the little house books. I am buying these so I can read them again and also to build up a library for my grandchildren.
Much More Than a Collection of Letters Sep 11, 2005
In addition to Laura's detailed letters to Almanzo describing her adventure, this book includes over thirty photographs featuring Laura, Rose, the Pacific Ocean (ships, beachgoers, etc.), San Francisco, and many scenes of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition including an air show and night-lit festivities. Though in black and white, this pictorial insight into what was behind the letters is wonderful.
The book also includes an introduction telling how and where the letters were found and a lovely description of San Francisco at the time of Laura's visit. The letters themselves beautifully showcase the art of letter writing: Along with Laura's vivid descriptions of the technological marvels of the expo, her words are full of charming details to make us smile such as the price of eggs, hat shopping, and her favorite foods of the expo. Laura's expertise in writing compositions, as portrayed in the original Little House books, is very much evident even in these personal letters.
This book is a must have for Little House enthusiasts. Also recommended: On the Way Home: The Diary of a Trip from South Dakota to Mansfield, Missouri, in 1894.
J.H. Sweet, author of The Fairy Chronicles, and longtime Little House fan
Interesting Oct 10, 2001
This is a very sweet and interesting book. Laura is visiting Rose in San Francisco for a few months and writes letters to Manly to fill him in on all she is doing and seeing.
The letters are detailed and filled with much information about San Francisco at the time. This is very interesting since it was 1915 and the Panama-Pacific International Exhibition was in progress.
I was thrilled to read it as I can't seem to read enough about Laura and her entire family! This is another wonderful and interesting book with the spirited Laura Ingalls Wilder as the star!
Sparkling recollection of San Francisco in 1915 Sep 1, 2001
Thank God this is still in print. Sure, lots of fans of the "Little House" series will find this a charming alternative. But Laura Ingalls Wilder was already an accomplished writer by this time, and her recorded impressions during a family visit to her daughter and son-in-law during the 1915 Pan Pacific International Exposition was a godsend for anyone who wants to know of San Francisco history.
The city was devastated by the 1906 earthquake and fire; the PPIE was a chance for the city's residents to show how quickly they could recover and rebuild, and they put their souls into it. The city fairly sparkled for the Exposition's visitors that summer. Wilder's letters home to her husband were an accurate and very personable observance of the city as it was. She described the big events as well as the telling little details that made San Francisco unique among American cities. The photos accompanying her letters add to the authenticity.
This is book not just a "niche gem" for Wilder fans, but also for those who love San Francisco, and those who live history. Her record of a vacation to the coast may've seemed to her like trivial family correspondence, but for this native son of Baghdad by the Bay, her letters were a vivid portrait of a time that will not be seen again. This is one of the top ten historical recollections of a major, turn of the century American city.