Who Was Laura Ingalls Wilder First Book Now TV Show

In the 1950s and 1960s there were several fun biography series for kids. My favorite was the Landmark Series. These have long been out of print, but today there are two joint series, Who Is…? and Who Was…? with a similar purpose at a lower reading level. The former series being about living people and the latter about those who have passed on. 

Lately my nephew has been tearing through them with his favorites being Who Was Thomas Edison?, Who Was Henry Ford?, and Who Was Mark Twain?. There was one that attracted my attention of course:

Demuth, Patricia Brennan. Who Was Laura Ingalls Wilder?. Penguin, 2013.

Who Was Who Books

The series have expanded to also include Where Is….? and What is…..?. There are more than 200 books in the collection. The covers with big head bobblehead looking versions of the people they are about are designed to look like the former style of covers of the New York Times Book Reviews.  Learn more: http://www.whowasbookseries.com

TV Series

So having an interest and having bought several titles from the series, I was rather delighted to read in Publisher’s Weekly that they were going to create a TV show based on the series. I was especially pleased that they were starting with the pilot short featuring a six-minute show in which Laura Ingalls Wilder meets Andy Warhol.

The show was picked up by Netflix. They describe it as: “Fresh voices bring some of the most famous names in history to life. A live-action sketch comedy show based on the series of best-selling books.” (Looking through their list of shows I discovered that Netflix originals have some super strange stuff that I never even heard off, some of it based on children’s books, AND Benji – I love Benji.)

So far the show has 13 episodes in Season one. If you subscribe to Netflix or just want to learn more about the individual episodes:
https://www.netflix.com/title/80184379

Find more production details:
https://usa.newonnetflix.info/info/80184379/s

Series Description

So far they haven’t done a full episode on Laura Ingalls Wilder yet. I haven’t seen a full episode, but based on the trailer and some descriptions it reminds me of KIDS Incorporated (♪♫♪ Kids Incorporated – K- I – D -S ♫♪♫) with a sole focus on history and a much bigger budget. I hope they get back around to Laura soon and that I get a chance to see it.

Sarah S. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many times at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. She is the 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. How can you help? Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, look at her photos, and find her on Facebook , Twitter , Google+LinkedIn , SlideShare, and Academia.edu . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

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One-Room School Urban Legends

Remember to look out for urban legends.

Sarah's Notebook

Bubbler jug and other drink and lunch buckets Bubbler jug and other drink and lunch buckets

I recently stopped at one-room school museum that I had never been at before. There it was, my old nemisis “Rules for Teachers 1872” staring up at me. If you haven’t run across this old chesnut before or its sibling the “Eighth Grade Exam of 1895” count yourself very lucky. Here’s the links to information about them:

   
http://www.snopes.com/language/document/1895exam.asp?print=y
http://www.snopes.com/language/document/1872rule.asp?print=y

I have known people for years who’ve tried to find one instance of either of these being used in an actual school and if anyone has one I would be most glad to see it. However, even if they were proved to be used in some school, some time, they still are an ill fit for most of the school museums that proudly display them. Please DON’T pass them on.

UPDATED July 21 2018: I spend a lot of time trying to…

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T-Shirt of the Month July 2018

When I post my video diaries I always get comments about my Laura clothes. No, not my period dresses, but my Laura Ingalls Wilder t-shirts that I wear for travel and Laura trips. I thought everyone might enjoy a closer look at them. So enjoy our monthly series where we look at a Laura shirt.

Shirt of the Month

This month I’m offering a brand new, custom design courtesy of Vistaprint. I bought my next batch of postcards with a brand new design and when they autogenerated this shirt, how could I resist?

Woman in 1890s cloths sitting in the Ingalls Homestead wagon
Sarah at Ingalls Homestead

The last time I spoke at the Ingalls Homestead I was doing the Pioneer version of In the Kitchen With Laura and wearing my 1890s outfit. My mother came with me and we did a de facto photo shoot. I hope you’ve been enjoying those images. This one is a favorite.

Close Up of Shirt
Close Up of Shirt

Sarah S. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many times at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. She is the 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. How can you help? Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, look at her photos, and find her on Facebook , Twitter , Google+LinkedIn , SlideShare, and Academia.edu . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

Come On the Way Home With Me

 

Four copies of different versions of On the Way Home
On the Way Home Editions

Last month I was at the Country School Association of America conference in Beatrice, Nebraska. I’ve long wanted to go because its the location of the Homestead National Monument. After I got back I learned that my Grandma Uthoff was actually a school principal there back in the 1920s after she graduated college, before she married my grandfather.

Why On the Way Home

One of the reasons I was excited to go was that I knew that Laura passed through there on her way from DeSmet, South Dakota to Mansfield, Missouri. I wanted to make sure I’d reread On the Way Home before I went — which I only accomplished driving down and then stopping when she hit Beatrice. I had THOUGHT I’d be able to maybe follow the route either a little ways north or south, but that didn’t happen. Seriously there was a severe thunderstorm warning and a tornado watch EVERY SINGLE NIGHT we were there. And this didn’t mean yeah, it may or may not, it meant STORM! So I didn’t get that done, but it has inspired me.

Read Along with Me

So I’ve decided to send out a tweet or two about the book following along with where Laura is and reported each day. Please join in and tweet with me at the tag #OnTheWayHome. July 17th is their first day on the trail so look for tweets starting later today.

Note that I’ll be using the published version of the book which was edited before publication.

Sarah S. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many times at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. She is the 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. How can you help? Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, look at her photos, and find her on Facebook , Twitter , Google+LinkedIn , SlideShare, and Academia.edu . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

Movie: Nancy Drew Movie

Revisiting a review of a great movie.

Sarah's Notebook

What Would Nancy Drew Do?**Spoilers Possible** I recently got the chance to see the new 2007 Nancy Drew movie starring Emma Roberts. I came away marveling that they managed to get it made. Unlike the absolute mess of the last attempt in 2002 (which seemed to have as much of a grasp of what people liked about Nancy Drew as the pitiful Dukes of Hazzard movie did about what people liked about that show), this one touched all the bases. I could have done without the subplot where Nancy has to deal with “normal” teenagers in LA, but I was amazed how little Hollywood managed to mess things up.

Nancy is the absolutely brilliant, super nice, supremely compotent, good at everything heroine we’ve always known. The world she lives in seems to be the one from the books with all the rules intact with the addition of cell phones and digital recorders. She makes…

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Top 10 Posts During June 2018

Cabin Dollhouse in Burr Oak, Iowa
Cabin Dollhouse in Burr Oak, Iowa

Here are the blog posts and pages that have had the most views last month. Take a look maybe there is something there that will interest you too. (OK I’m doing it a little late this month. Here are the last 30 days starting July 10th.)

ALA Laura Ingalls Wilder Award Renamed

Dean Butler on Almanzo Wilder Farmstead Site

Visit the Original Wilder Medal

Wilder Pageant Production Rescheduled

Floods Continue in SW Minnesota

Walnut Grove Pageant Works Towards Recovery

Walnut Grove TV Show Reunion Date Set!

One-Room School Lunch Survey 2018

What’s in a Name Trundlebed Tales

In the Kitchen With Laura July 2014

 

Sarah S. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many times at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. She is the 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. How can you help? Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, look at her photos, and find her on Facebook , Twitter , Google+LinkedIn , SlideShare, and Academia.edu . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

Walnut Grove Pageant UPDATE July 9 2018

Redwood County is officially declared a disaster area.

TO: Media Outlets
RE: Plum Creek is Down – WILDER PAGEANT is UP!
DA: Monday, July 9, 2018
FR: William Richards (507-828-6616)

The Wilder Pageant in Walnut Grove, Minnesota, will be ready with added performances Thursday through Saturday on July 12-13-14 and July 19-20-21. Flood damage from the July 3rd downpour forced cancellation of the past weekend’s performances.

FLOOD RELIEF NIGHT $5!: Persons from selected communities that have experienced flood damage will have general admission tickets this Thursday night, July 12th, reduced from $18.00 to $5.00. General admission tickets will be sold to anyone with a driver’s license from Tracy, Balaton, Currie, Walnut Grove, Wabasso, Slayton, Westbrook, Lamberton, Storden, or Jeffers. This is a $13.00 discount. Children with the license holder will get the same discount. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. The story of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s family overcoming adversity is also your story.

A FLOOD OF VOLUNTEERS: A tremendous crew of over sixty people worked for hours during the weekend to repair roads, pressure wash mud, and clean sets and costumes. Somethings washed away—and others were damaged beyond repair. By Sunday evening, power was restored, roads graveled, and most equipment and sets were back in operating order. Director Erin Richards said, “The help has been fantastic! The hard work of cleanup has transformed a bleak landscape into an outdoor theater site ready for our many Laura Fans!”

THE WILDER MUSEUM is open and running normal hours. The Family Festival is on track for its Saturday events, including the Laura and Nellie Look-a-Like Contest. The Wilder Dugout site is still inaccessible due to flooding. The Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant is an outdoor drama depicting the early years of Laura Ingalls and her family, set in the backdrop of the town of Walnut Grove, Minnesota, on the banks of Plum Creek.

GO FUND ME: A crowd funding site plans to be operational by Wednesday to help defray costs from storm damage. The Wilder Pageant has incurred a number of expenses for site electrical repair, sound equipment, damaged costuming and props, lots of gravel for road and site, repair of special effects, and the loss of our first two performances due to flood damage. The costume and dressing rooms are in need of repair and possible replacement. The Wilder Pageant Committee Go Fund Me site will accept donations at: http://www.gofundme.com/wilder-pageant-committee

WILDER PAGEANT FLOOD RELIEF NIGHT $5!: Persons from selected communities that have experienced flood damage will have general admission tickets this Thursday night, July 12th, reduced from $18.00 to $5.00. General admission tickets will be sold to anyone with a driver’s license from Tracy, Balaton, Currie, Walnut Grove, Wabasso, Slayton, Westbrook, Lamberton, Storden, or Jeffers. This is a $13.00 discount. Children with the license holder will get the same discount. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. The story of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s family overcoming adversity is also your story.

walnutgrove.org/index.html

Sarah S. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many times at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. She is the 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. How can you help? Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, look at her photos, and find her on Facebook , Twitter , Google+LinkedIn , SlideShare, and Academia.edu . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.