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
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:
Find more production details:
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.