Growing up I always wanted to live in the simpler times of Walnut Grove. I grew up watching the reruns of the Little House on the Prairie TV series and now that I have 5 daughters we love watching the TV series on DVD. The older girls and I are huge fans of the Little House on the Prairie, both the TV series and the books. (The younger girls will come around soon too ) So guess how excited I was when I found out we could add a documentary about The Laura Ingalls Wilder to our DVD collection! *estatic* Dean Butler, who played Almanzo on the TV series has produced two original documentaries, Little House on the Prairie: The Legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder and Almanzo Wilder: Life Before Laura with his company Legacy Documentaries.
Little House on the Prairie: The Legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder tells the untold story of the life and times of Laura Ingalls Wilder from a historical and fictional perspective. Telling the story of the now well know prairie girl who becomes and author of some of the greatest children’s books of all time. Detailing the simpler times when family, courage and love were the most important thing in life. Oh, what a better place our country would be if we could get back to that mindset.
The 75 minute documentary tells of Laura’s adult life as a writer and how for 13 years she wrote for a newspaper column, “As a Farm Woman Thinks”. I love that title! Laura also wrote poems to help support her and Almanzo’s farm, Rocky Ridge Farm during its troubled times. The DVD also tells of the rather rocky relationship that Laura had with her daughter, Rose over her writing her memoirs. I for one am glad that she did follow her heart and write.
I personally LOVED this documentary! As a child growing up watching the reruns of Little House and then reenacting prairie life with my dolls this brought back great memories. Our family has the entire collectors edition DVD collection of The Little House TV series that we love to watch on family movie nights or trips up North. We also have the box set of the books to enjoy for years to come. This DVD has sparked the girls wanting to know more about Laura and her family and I am especially excited that Mikayla has the opportunity to take a Little House on the Prairie class at co-op. I read the books to her a few years ago as we did a unit study on the series so I am glad she will be able to delve in and read them on her own now.
Even though I know who the “real” Laura is, Melissa Gilbert will forever be Laura Ingalls Wilder in my minds eye. Someday we hope to visit Laura’s childhood home. I wholeheartedly recommend you check out this documentary and the one about Almanzo too. This DVD will be the best $24.95 you have spent all year.
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Company ~ Legacy Documentaries
Price ~ $24.95
Ages ~ all ages