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Mary Ingalls On Her Own (Little House) [Hardcover]

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Item description for Mary Ingalls On Her Own (Little House) by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel, Gyvel Young-Witzel, Jim Ross, Paul Frees, Michael Borkowski, Barbara Vos, Fiona Seeley & Kevin Nowlan...

In 1881, sixteen-year-old Mary Ingalls becomes a student at the Iowa College for the Blind, where she studies academic subjects and learns skills that will allow her to be independent and to earn a living.

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Mary IngalLs lost her sight after a devastating bout of scarlet fever. Now Mary has the opportunity to attend the Iowa College for the Blind, where she will get a fresh start with her education and can learn the skills she needs for an independent future as well.

It seems like a dream come true. But it also means leaving her cherished family behind in Dakota Territory, including her sister Laura. Laura's feisty personality has always complemented Mary's quiet nature, and ever since Mary lost her sight, Laura has served as Mary's "eyes" to the world. Now that she's on her own, Mary must learn to get along without her beloved sister, and in the process realizes that she may have a bit of Laura's spunk in her after all.

For the first time, readers will get a glimpse into the life of Mary Ingalls and will discover a whole new side of this Little House sister they've gotten to know through Laura Ingalls Wilder's classic Little House books.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: HarperCollins
Pages   180
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.5"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2008
Publisher   Harper Collins Publishers
Age  8-12
Series  Little House  
ISBN  0060009055  
ISBN13  9780060009052  
UPC  046594015990  

Availability  0 units.

More About Elizabeth Cody Kimmel, Gyvel Young-Witzel, Jim Ross, Paul Frees, Michael Borkowski, Barbara Vos, Fiona Seeley & Kevin Nowlan

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Elizabeth Cody Kimmel is a widely published author of fiction and nonfiction for children and young adults. Her recent projects include a middle-grade series about Buffalo Bill Cody and the picture book WHAT DO YOU DREAM? Of MY PENGUIN OSBERT, she says: "I love everything about Antarctica . . . except being cold. I love the idea of all that ice and snow and wind, and I can imagine bundling myself up and hiking through the winter wonderland. But when reality sets in, I can't stand the cold, and I think that is how Osbert was born."
H. B. "Buck" Lewis is an award-winning author and illustrator whose work has appeared on billboards, TV commercials, and magazine covers. These days, he spends his time writing and illustrating picture books and designing characters for animated feature films from Dreamworks, Disney, Blue Sky/Fox, and Pixar, among others. H. B. Lewis currently lives in Los Angeles and misses the East Coast terribly especially when it snows! This is his first book with Candlewick Press."

Elizabeth Cody Kimmel currently resides in Cold Spring, in the state of New York. Elizabeth Cody Kimmel was born in 1938.

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Product Categories

1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > History & Historical Fiction > United States > Fiction > 1800s
3Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Family Life > New Experiences
4Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Social Issues > New Experiences
5Books > Subjects > Children > Religions > Fiction > Fiction

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An ok read -- kids might like it better  Sep 17, 2009
As an adult who has always loved all things "Little House" I was interested to find this new series of books, and ordered this volume quickly. Unfortunately, I was disappointed. My complaints echo to some degree those in the other reviews.

1. The characterization just didn't feel like the Mary we knew from Laura's books. Maybe it's the different writing style, but her speech and behavior seemed wrong, and often unbelievable.

2. The author seemed to want to mix the 'real' history of the Ingalls family with that portrayed in the books, with sometimes odd results. (In the books, Mary left for college in August. In real life, and here, she arrived in November. The lunch box of fried blackbirds was believable in August. By November, surely the birds had flown south. November was also pretty late for fall-cleaning. And some were just, as mentioned above, somewhat out of character. Laura told us that she had to thread Mary's needles for sewing. Here, Mary threaded them herself. In the books, Laura talked about how, aside from some housework and guided walks around the prarie, Mary mostly 'sat quiet in her chair' Here we are told that Mary had learned to walk freely around De Smet.

3. Some of it was 'modern' ... not 1883. Blanche uses the term 'partially sighted' -- NOT a phrase that would have been in vogue then.

Children might not notice many of the issues that kept me from enjoying the book, but for me, it was disappointing.
Doesn't Really Ring True  Dec 30, 2008
I am a big fan of the Little House books, having read them all numerous times. I've also read various biographical works on the Ingalls family,so I feel I know the character's ways very well.

It's with this background that I didn't feel that Mary was portrayed very accurately. To be fair, I believe that the beginning seemed more accurate - Mary's feelings of apprehension and frustration starting her new school seem "right". However, as the story progresses, Mary's behavior becomes more unbelieveable. She would never have spoken harshly or been so frank and open with her new roomates.

Mary was always more reserved in real life, by all accounts (Laura's, Rose's and neighbors). Plus people were much more reserved back then in general. At the end of the book, it was even mentioned that Mary received the highest marks for deportation ever at the Vinton School. This supports my belief that this portrayal was way off.

The problem with writing "revisionist history" is that the author usually puts modern sensibilities into the characters. I believe that the author wanted to appeal to modern young readers with a "courageous inner self" story. Unfortunately it doesn't do justice to actual people or events.

This book is OK if you want to learn about the school more, but not if you know much about the real Mary. I'm glad I read this as a library book and not as a purchase.
Mary Ingalls On Her Own is a fantastic account of her first year at the Vinton,Iowa school for the blind.  Apr 7, 2008
Mary Ingalls on Her Own (Little House) . I loved this book so much,it was a really good read,and i was able to see a little bit more into Mary Ingalls world. I am such a huge Little House On The Prairie fan both of the books and tv series. I love everything that has to do with Little House and Laura Ingalls Wilder. It is a short book but really fantastic,and it's make you see a little more into the life of the sister of the best author ever Laura Ingalls Wilder who is Mary Ingalls. Some of it is fact,and some fiction but i absoutley loved it. I was kind of not keen on reading it cause it wasn't written by Laura Ingalls Wilder,but i decided to give it a try on Saturday,and i was really happy with it,and also the author is a Little House fan like us,and she did tons of research about Mary Ingalls life at home,and college. I have read books about different Little House girls like Rose Wilder and Caroline Quiner Ingalls,and thought they were great also.I recommend it to everyone and all of us Little House and Laura Ingalls Wilder fans should read it. I give it five stars,cause it is fantasically written and very well worth buying,and it makes us see into the life of the sister of our favorite author ever Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Interesting  Jan 23, 2008
I read everything about Laura Ingalls Wilder and grabbed this book. It's a good guess inside of Mary's mind in the first few months that she was at the School for the blind. That said, no one really knows what was going on inside Mary's mind. I like fan fiction and that's what this seems like, however Mary did exist so I'm not sure we should be assigning thoughts and feelings to her without knowing her thoughts.

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