History Literature / LittleHouseOnThePrairie

20th Sep '17 3:40:27 PM Eggnogyum
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* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: During the family's stint in Plum Creek, Pa ducks the girls whenever they stray too near the deep water. Mary gets the point after one round of this, but Laura finds it fun and asks him to do it again.
19th Sep '17 11:25:48 AM Eggnogyum
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** Charles Ingalls, who laughs off disasters that would drive other people to a sobbing fetal position, and Caroline Ingalls, who opts to bear them stoically.
25th Aug '17 12:06:05 AM K
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** His sister Eliza Jane also hates her name thanks to an embarrassing ordeal in school. It doesn't help that, once Nellie Oleson tells the other girls ''why'' Eliza Jane hates her name, Laura's friend Ida writes (with a little editing help from Laura) a nasty but humorously catchy limerick about it that half the little boys memorize and then sing loudly through the entire town. Eliza Jane needless to say is not pleased. By the time she pops up in the Rose series, she insists on being called "E.J." (Laura still calls her 'Eliza Jane' in her letters to Rose. Whether that's because Laura is too formal to use such an informal nickname or because she still hates E.J. is left as an exercise for the reader.)

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** His sister Eliza Jane also hates her name thanks to an embarrassing ordeal in school. It doesn't help that, once Nellie Oleson tells the other girls ''why'' Eliza Jane hates her name, Laura's friend Ida writes (with a little editing help from Laura) a nasty but humorously catchy limerick about it that half the little boys memorize and then sing loudly through the entire town. Eliza Jane needless to say is not pleased. By the time she pops up in the Rose series, she insists on being called "E.J." (Laura still calls her 'Eliza Jane' in her letters to Rose. Whether that's because Laura is too formal to use such an informal nickname for her much-older sister-in-law or because she still hates E.J. is left as an exercise for the reader.)
10th May '17 6:00:09 PM Jellybean12
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** The books are also a sanitized version of Laura Ingalls Wilder's actual experiences growing up. Laura's memoir, ''Pioneer Girl,'' was her unabashed documentation of her childhood with her family. Her daughter, Rose, helped her edit and soften the story to make it into a children's story and make it more palatable to publishers. Her original account includes stories of domestic violence, murder, theft, rape, and adultery; it also makes mention of the family having to leave towns in the middle of the night after being unable to settle debts, Laura being hired out as a nanny to a family as a young teen (and almost being molested by a drunk man while staying with them), and the family staying in a hotel adjacent to a saloon with all manner of unsavory experiences that went along with that. The series makes Laura's ''childhood'' TasteLikeDiabetes.

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** The books are also a sanitized version of Laura Ingalls Wilder's actual experiences growing up. Laura's memoir, ''Pioneer Girl,'' was her unabashed documentation of her childhood with her family. Her daughter, Rose, helped her edit and soften the story to make it into a children's story and make it more palatable to publishers. Her original account includes stories of domestic violence, murder, theft, rape, and adultery; it also makes mention of the family having to leave towns in the middle of the night after being unable to settle debts, Laura being hired out as a nanny to a family as a young teen (and almost being molested by a drunk man while staying with them), and the family staying in a hotel adjacent to a saloon with all manner of unsavory experiences that went along with that. The series makes Laura's ''childhood'' TasteLikeDiabetes.TastesLikeDiabetes.
10th May '17 5:58:16 PM Jellybean12
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** The books are also a sanitized version of Laura Ingalls Wilder's actual experiences growing up. Laura's memoir, ''Pioneer Girl,'' was her unabashed documentation of her childhood with her family. Her daughter, Rose, helped her edit and soften the story to make it into a children's story and make it more palatable to publishers. Her original account includes stories of domestic violence, murder, theft, rape, and adultery; it also makes mention of the family having to leave towns in the middle of the night after being unable to settle debts, Laura being hired out as a nanny to a family as a young teen (and almost being molested by a drunk man while staying with them), and the family staying in a hotel adjacent to a saloon with all manner of unsavory experiences that went along with that. The series makes Laura's ''childhood'' TasteLikeDiabetes.
10th May '17 5:39:57 PM Jellybean12
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** This trope pops up a few times, probably due to a case of ScienceMarchesOn. Mary's blindness is attributed to scarlet fever in the books, but scholars today believe it was more likely viral meningoencephalitis, which would cause swelling of the brain and optic nerve, leading to the kind of slow loss of vision Mary suffered in the books. In ''The First Four Years,'' Laura's infant son is said to have died of "convulsions," a diagnosis that would not be given as a cause of death today.
5th Feb '17 5:11:57 PM Noraneko
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* AdultFear: There's a slew of them in ''Plum Creek.''
** After grasshoppers devour what was supposed to be a plentiful crop, Pa has to ''walk'' 200 miles for a job. He's gone for weeks, and when they don't receive a letter from him, they worry that something may have happened to him. Fortunately they do eventually receive a letter, and he returns safely, but the thought of your parent, spouse, and family breadwinner perishing and leaving you with an uncertain future and loss of the family patriarch during those times was terrifying.
** Pa goes to town right before a blizzard hits, and the girls are stuck snowed in, anxiously waiting his return and worrying that he may have gotten caught in the blizzard and froze to death. Thankfully, he returns safely then, too.
** Before the blizzard itself hits, Pa mentions a story about parents who went into town and got trapped by a blizzard, with their children left back home. When they returned, they found that their children had burned the furniture to stay warm but had died of hypothermia anyway.
** In ''Farmer Boy'', the story of the robbers who broke in, tied the family up, and beat the father nearly to death. Especially since it nearly happened to the Wilder family themselves.
16th Oct '16 6:44:04 PM BB8ForPresident
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[=HarperCollins=] was similarly discontented, as they smelled a [[CashCowFranchise zombie franchise]] in the making - nearly half a century later!) and added to the Rose books and published an inter-generational ''Little House'' series about Laura's female ancestors:

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[=HarperCollins=] was similarly discontented, as they smelled a [[CashCowFranchise zombie franchise]] in the making - nearly half a century later!) later! - and added to the Rose books and published books, publishing an inter-generational ''Little House'' series about Laura's female ancestors:
16th Oct '16 6:42:57 PM BB8ForPresident
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[=HarperCollins=] was similarly discontented, as they smelled a [[CashCowFranchise zombie franchise]] in the making - nearly half a century later!) and published an inter-generational ''Little House'' series, including Rose and Laura's female ancestors:

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[=HarperCollins=] was similarly discontented, as they smelled a [[CashCowFranchise zombie franchise]] in the making - nearly half a century later!) and added to the Rose books and published an inter-generational ''Little House'' series, including Rose and series about Laura's female ancestors:



[=HarperCollins=] also published books about Mary Ingalls and Nellie Oleson, ''Old Town in the Green Groves,'' a book about the "lost years" Laura felt were too painful to include in children's books, written by Cynthia Rylant.

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[=HarperCollins=] also published books about Mary Ingalls and Nellie Oleson, and ''Old Town in the Green Groves,'' a book about the "lost years" Laura felt were too painful to include in children's books, written by Cynthia Rylant.
13th Oct '16 5:28:22 PM BB8ForPresident
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[=HarperCollins=] was similarly discontented, as they smelled a [[CashCowFranchise zombie franchise]] in the making - nearly half a century later!) and published the inter-generational ''Little House'' series:

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[=HarperCollins=] was similarly discontented, as they smelled a [[CashCowFranchise zombie franchise]] in the making - nearly half a century later!) and published the an inter-generational ''Little House'' series: series, including Rose and Laura's female ancestors:
* ''The Rose Years'' by Roger Lea [=MacBride=]
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