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1. In On The Banks of Plum Creek, Mary and Laura go to school in the summer. I know this was before standardized school terms, and according to Pioneer Girl, even Rose Wilder Lane wrote her mother to ask “Was there really school in the summertime?” 2. I remember being confused about terms such as “calico,” “lawn,” and “boughten”(it took me way longer than it should have to figure out that it meant store-bought, and not homemade). I really wished there was a glossary. 3. Also in On The Banks of Plum Creek , when Laura and Mary begin driving the family cow to meet the herd boy in t
As a kid I was so struck by her descriptive powers, especially of the winters. On days like this where I am trying to drag myself out of the house to go to work with slushy, terrible roads I always think of how Almanzo traveled 12 miles each way to get her in the brutal cold when she was teaching, so she wouldn't have to stay with those horrible people over the weekend. There is a lot of idealization in the books, but one thing that it did honestly showcase is the struggle for basic survival. Just the daily grind to keep a family warm, fed, and clothed in brutal weather...no wonder
Okay, so what, to you, stands out in differences between the Book Series and the TV Series? As a kid who saw the made for TV movie before she knew it was a book series, then found the books in 5th grade (after parental divorce and a move to a new town/school district and I was isolated and a bit of a weird outcast) and became obsessed with them. So by the time the tv series came along, I was excited and yet had some gripes at the tv series progressed. And more gripes as an adult. I was annoyed as a kid that they didn't follow the books. Meaning dang it Mary and scarlet fever and the h