Recently I was in one of my local book stores looking for several particular books. I didn’t find them.
Instead I found a book I didn’t know existed–and that I’m loving!
The World of Little House by Carolyn Strom Collins and Christina Wyss Ericksson caught my attention as I browsed the children’s history and biography sections.
It uses colorful illustrations by Garth Williams and original ones by Deborah Maze, including maps, diagrams of the various Little Houses, recipes, activities, and lots of information about Laura’s life and the world of the 19th Century pioneers.
One fun (or slightly gross?) fact I learned is that the pioneer women ironed everything, including undergarments, not just for appearance sake, but also for hygiene. You see, the heat from the ironing would eliminate insects and germs that washing alone didn’t do.
Another fun thing I learned was that Ma once made a square Thanksgiving Day pie. I was taken aback–a square pie? Why not? Ma used the pan she had available, and that was her square pan she normally used for baking two bread loaves at a time.
I also liked the timeline at the end of the book that put events of Laura’s life in perspective with events happening in the United States.
This is a wonderful book for any Laura fans or anyone wanting to learn more about the daily life of pioneers.
What was your last unexpected book find?