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The Little House Guidebook (Little House) [Paperback]

By William Anderson (Author) & Leslie A. Kelly (Illustrator)
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A comprehensive guidebook to all the homes in which Laura Ingalls Wilder once lived and which have now been preserved as historic landmarks and museums.

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In her bestselling and beloved Little House series, Laura Ingalls Wilder described in loving detail the many places where she lived while growing up on the American frontier. Now everyone can come home to Little House in The Little House Guidebook, which features beautiful photographs of these houses and sites. Detailed information on how they were founded and directions for how to get to them are included, as well as where to stay and what to do when you get there.

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The Little House Guidebook (Little House) by William Anderson & Leslie A. Kelly has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • PW Notes and Reprints - 04/02/2007 page 60

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Collins
Pages   96
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.9" Width: 7.07" Height: 0.24"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 10, 2007
Publisher   Collins
Age  8-12
Series  Little House  
ISBN  0061255122  
ISBN13  9780061255120  

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More About William Anderson & Leslie A. Kelly

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! William Anderson is an award-winning historian and author whose interest in the "Little House" books began in elementary school. Much of his research for this book was conducted on-site at the locales of the Ingalls and Wilder homes. He has been active in the preservation and operation of the Wilder sites in De Smet, South Dakota, and Mansfield, Missouri, and edits the newsletter, "Laura Ingalls Wilder Lore".

Among Mr. Anderson's other writings about the people and places of the "Little House" books are LAURA INGALLS WILDER COUNTRY, A LITTLE HOUSE SAMPLER, PRAIRIE GIRL, and LAURA'S ALBUM.

William Anderson currently lives and teaches in Michigan. You can visit him online at

William Anderson has published or released items in the following series...

  1. Liguori Catholic Bible Study

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It's eye-opening to read about these various locations  Jun 5, 2007
I read a number of the Little House books recently, and when I finished I was fired up to learn more about Laura and her family. Even though I can't plan a trip in the near future to visit the places Laura called home, I loved reading about each spot in THE LITTLE HOUSE GUIDEBOOK.

Each chapter discusses the location of each "little house," including places that Laura lived in but didn't write about. Almanzo Wilder's homes are also included. We see photographs and read descriptions of what each place looks like now, how and when each spot was honored as a Laura Ingalls Wilder historical site, along with suggestions for interesting places to visit and stay.

The first chapter, which deals with "the little house in the big woods" of Pepin, Wisconsin, tells the tale of how Charles and Caroline Ingalls (Laura's parents) were among the earliest settlers of western Wisconsin. One interesting note: the house in the big woods was actually the Ingalls's home twice. The family sold the land once, moving to Kansas. However, the buyer quit making payments and the Ingalls returned. As with many of Laura's little houses, the original cabin is gone but visitors can tour a replica.

The next chapter discusses the setting of LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE, near Independence, Kansas. Here we learn more about the land issues between the Native Americans and the settlers, which eventually prompted the Ingalls to leave their prairie home.

The following chapters cover Plum Creek, near Walnut Grove, Minnesota; the Masters Hotel in Burr Oak, Iowa (covered in OLD TOWN IN THE GREEN GROVES, written by Cynthia Rylant); and De Smet, South Dakota (otherwise known as "The Little Town on the Prairie" and also covered in the books BY THE SHORES OF SILVER LAKE, THESE HAPPY GOLDEN YEARS and THE FIRST FOUR YEARS).

Laura and Almanzo eventually moved to the Ozarks in Mansfield, Missouri, where they established Rocky Ridge Farm. Here, visitors can tour their white farmhouse, kept just as the Wilders had it in the 1940s and 1950s, along with the Rock House that daughter Rose had built for Laura and Almanzo in 1928.

Almanzo's houses come next: his boyhood farm home in Malone, New York, still stands and can be toured. Almanzo's parents moved to Spring Valley, Minnesota; although their Minnesota farmhouse is long gone, rabid Wilder fans may want to visit the town museums and the graveyard where Almanzo's brother Royal is buried.

Speaking of fans, THE LITTLE HOUSE GUIDEBOOK is fascinating for Laura's many admirers. It's eye-opening to read about these various locations. The photographs by Leslie A. Kelly are a fine addition, giving readers a view of each area and a peek into how people lived back in Laura's time.

--- Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon
Tour Guidebook  Jan 9, 2007
It is best for anyone who plan to travel to all sites of where Laura is born and raise and lived in. I am serious considering to go to some sites myself after read that book. It is great book.
Things even a Minnesotan didn't know!  Sep 16, 2005
Many Minnesotans have visited the original Wilder sites, but this book contains infomation that was new to even a jaded "Wilder" fan!
Invaluable Resource for Little House Fans  Dec 5, 2002
William Anderson has done a fabulous job in painstakingly documenting everything there is to see from New York to South Dakota that has anything to do with Laura Ingalls Wilder's "Little House" series. Ever wondered what happened to Pa's fiddle? Or if the house dug out from the banks of Plum Creek is still intact? This book has the answers. Complete with color photographs, addresses, phone numbers and maps, as well as ample background information, The Little House Guidebook is a must have for Little House fans everywhere. Even if you never get to visit these places, this book will take you there.
Good source for touring sites, rehash of some old material.  Sep 10, 2002
If I were to take any books along with me on a LIW journey, it would be this one. The reason for a lower rating is because I was disappointed in a rehash of what to find at the Little House sites that was already published in another of Anderson's titles.

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