Family: A Trail of Wilder's Prairie Tales

In her Little House memoirs, Laura Ingalls Wilder so vividly limned the homesteads and Midwestern landscapes of her 19th century pioneering girlhood that millions of Americans know them as well as they do their own home and backyard. So engaging is Wilder's prose that after finishing all nine volumes, many can't bear to stop. Instead, they retrace Wilder's frontier by reading the series again and again, first to themselves and later to their children.

Now many are visiting Wilder territory in person. Claudia Brierre of Tulsa, Okla., is reading the books with her son Will, 6, and daughter Catharine, 8, and...

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