YWAM Publishing has a wonderful series of books called Heroes of History. And, members of the Homeschool Review Crew have had the chance to review some of them over the past few weeks. Some also reviewed books from YWAM’s “Christian Heroes: Then and Now” series of books. Scroll to the bottom of this page and click the “read more” banner if you are interested in reading about any of those. There are 28 books in the Heroes of History series and 46 in the Christian Heroes: Then and Now series.
My kids and I have had the opportunity to read Heroes of History- Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Laura Ingalls Wilder
Most people know the name Laura Ingalls Wilder and immediately think of Little House on the Prairie. Maybe you only know the television show. Maybe you’ve read the books. Either way, you likely know her name!
What you may not know is the woman behind the stories and why she wrote them. What was life really like for her?
It was so neat for my kids to hear about someone that had to endure the things Laura Ingalls Wilder had to deal with and to learn that it really wasn’t all that long ago. Kind of like when they hear that my phone growing up ALWAYS had a cord on it. And that only one person in the house could talk on the phone at a time. And if mom or dad were expecting a phone call, then you had to wait. :)
(I guess since we were reading about life on the prairie, she thought she needed to be a tree while reading…)
This book shares a small glimpse into Laura Ingalls Wilder’s story. Almost 200 pages worth, actually.
It begins with Laura at the 1937 Detroit Children’s Book Fair. She was there to speak and sign autographs. And she was nervous. “After all, what did she have to say – she was just a farmer’s wife from Missouri.” And then it goes on to say she was content with life. Then she “put pen to paper” and started to write stories about her childhood. To me, reading that, it seemed like a calling for her. She didn’t even quite know why she did it. She just started writing, not knowing whether people would even read the stories.
Of course, we know people did read her stories. And children still read her stories now!
With this book, you get to read more about her life and what she went through.
There are also Study Guides for some of the books that you can download and use to enrich what you are reading about your hero or heroine.
In the downloadable study guide you will find:
- key quotes
- questions relating to each chapter
- “student explorations” – this can be an essay, craft, or project.
- resources to dive deeper into social studies (geography, timeline, vocabulary, etc.)
- And more!
We did not really utilize the study guide like I thought we would. Not because I didn’t like it, but because we have a crazy busy last couple of months. Now I want to reread it and use the study guide too, for the full benefits!
Are you a Laura Ingalls Wilder Fan? If so, you will love this book!