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Web Site Review : Frontier Girl

Guest Author - Terrie Lynn Bittner

Laura Ingalls Wilder, Frontier Girl is easily the most
impressive site about Laura Ingalls Wilder. The page is highly professional, easy to navigate, and
offers a choice of frames or no-frames.

Many children know of Laura only through the television program, which was not entirely
accurate. The books were loosely based on Laura´s life, but changes were made to suit the story.
In The True Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder, children can find out which parts of these
resources were historically accurate. The article is filled with links, so you can learn more about
the people and places mentioned.

The Books explains how Laura became an author with the help of her daughter Rose. The
list of books explains when each was published, the years covered, and the ages Laura was in the
book. There are also links to other pages on these topics and information on the illustrators.

Laura´s Houses shows you all the little houses Laura lived in. You´ll find out about her life
in each house and also find out what is standing there now. If you are planning a trip to any of
these areas, you can visit many of these locations.

Was there really a Nellie Olson? (There was, but she is really a combination of three little girls.)
Laura´s Friends offers background information on some of the people Laura loved and
hated-and even on Jack, the bulldog. Find out what ever happened to all those people.

Are you involved in genealogy? Laura´s Family has a real family tree. Below is text-based
information on each person. Have your children study Laura´s chart and then challenge them to
create one for their own family.

The site offers a special entry portal for children. Some of the links lead to the same pages you
can access from the regular menu, but it also has special features just for children. Children can
print and color a picture and also listen to Pa´s fiddle music. There is even a section to help
children prepare a school paper about Laura, including how to site this web site.

One of the most impressive aspects of the site is the reproduction of a number of historical
documents. Included are letters Laura wrote to fans, her will, her Bible notes, and Pa´s claim
documents. More will be added in the future.

Finally, researchers and teachers will enjoy the additional articles that explore various aspects of
Laura´s world, such as Prairie chickens, claiming a homestead, life in a dugout and more. These
are excellent for developing unit studies.

There is more than enough on this extensive page to keep anyone, adult or child, busy exploring
for a very long time. It is a fascinating look into the world of a favorite author.

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