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Book Review: Writings to Young Women from Laura Ingalls Wilder, Book 1

Writings to Young Women from Laura Ingalls Wilder (5 star review)

Writings to Young Women from Laura Ingalls Wilder: On Wisdom and Virtues
Book 1

written by Laura Ingalls Wilder, edited by Stephen W. Hines

113 pages // published in 2006 // non-fiction


From helping others in times of need, to keeping and maintaining friendships, to having a positive attitude, Laura's words of wisdom in Writings to Young Women from Laura Ingalls Wilder: On Wisdom and Virtues are applicable even in today's world. As she shares stories and experiences from her own life, she encourages readers to live lives of integrity and to realize their dreams.

My Review

5 Star Rating

Reading this book was like breathing in cool, refreshing air. Stephen Hines has collected several of Laura's newspaper articles and put them together in a way that makes them lovely to read. This particular collection features much wisdom from pioneer Laura Ingalls Wilder, as she shares morals and advice that spring forth from her heart. I had personally never read any of her newspaper writings – so this was quite the treat! I loved this volume so much.

Each article is named and come with the original date, so you can follow along a little better. Her writings are filled with a bit of wittiness, and plenty of moral guidance. I laughed out loud at some – including the story about her dog, Shep. (The whole story is just too cute!) Just about everything that Laura felt and wrote about is still applicable to us as humans in the modern age.

Some of the article titles include: “Keeping Friends”, “The Armor of a Smile”, “The Helping Hand of Helpfulness”, “A Man's Word Is All He Has”, “Learning Something New”... just to name a few, so you can see the kind of topics are covered.

Most of these I could see reading aloud during family reading time with your children. But overall, I think women (young and old) would especially enjoy this collection, and be able to take away a lot of good thoughts and encouragement.

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  1. I've never heard of that book. I have a different book that was edited by Stephen Hines that has a lot of Laura's newspaper articles in them. It's called Laura Ingalls Wilder Farm Journalist: Writings from the Ozarks. It's a really good book.

    1. Angela, I'm very interested in reading more of Laura's writings. I'll have to see if I can get that title you mentioned.

  2. This book sounds similar to the book I read last year for the challenge...Saving Graces, The Inspirational Writings of Laura Ingalls Wilder. I REALLY enjoyed it, but it didn't have anything like the articles she'd written in newspapers, etc. that you have shared here. I will definitely be picking this book up. Thank you for such a wonderful review.

    1. Dianna, I would be interested in the book you mentioned, Saving Graces. Thanks!

  3. This sounds great! I read another book edited by Stephen Hines containing her articles, Little House in the Ozarks: the Rediscovered Writings of Laura Ingalls Wilder. I'll have to see if these books overlap, but if they don't, I'd like to get this book. Thanks so much for participating in the LIW Reading Challenge!

    1. Barbara, I seem to remember a little note from when I read it... that indeed, some of these writings were pulled from Little House in the Ozarks. So you may have already read everything included in this small collection. :)

  4. lots of topics covered