Julie Harris, the accomplished Broadway and Television star who recorded the original full length audio version of Little House in the Big Woods, died August 24, 2013. Her version of LHBW was released on records designed to be played with a record changer. That means that Record One doesn’t have side 1 and side 2. It has side 1 and side 8. So you could put a
stack of records on the changer and it would keep going playing one after another. Then you flip the pile over and play those. That makes it a little confusing when you are playing them without a changer, but it’s definitely worth it. Harris does a bang up job and I’m very sorry that when they did decide to release the series as audio books that they didn’t revive this version and that they didn’t have Harris do the rest. It’s my favorite audio recording of the books so far. Look for your own set on Ebay.
Sarah S. Uthoff is main force behind Trundlebed Tales fighting to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation.Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+,LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. She is currently acting President of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.