The following is a review for Legacy Documentaries and the Schoolhouse Review Crew.
The Legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder is a DVD for all ages. Those of you, like me, who grew up watching the Little House television series as well as friends who have enjoyed the books will find this story of the author's life enlightening. I found the mother/daughter relationship shared about her and Rose to be both interesting and sad.
Two years ago we visited this little schoolhouse in DeSmet, SD, where Laura taught when she was only 15. My daughter and I remember hearing some of the same facts from the DVD while we were at that tour. We also toured her home in Mansfield, MO the year before that, but were not able to take pictures there. Our family has enjoyed reading the Little House books, watching the series, and visiting the historic sites. This DVD was a nice way to tie it all together and gave us historical background of both the author and our country.
This DVD shares a lot of background information about Laura's life that is not evident in her stories. Little House on the Prairie, first titled by the author as Laura's Indian Tales is Laura's third book, and the difficulties that she experienced trying to get it published are shared. Fascinating stories such as the "wild Indians" as viewed through the young girl's eyes and the Native American homeopathic doctor that helped their family are shared in the context of the time period that it was developed.
Each of Laura's books are described including facts about the family leading to those stories. The privileged Nellie was actually a composite of three girls from Laura's own childhood. Illustrations are shared on the DVD that looked like they could have been taken straight from the pages of her books. Historical pictures are also shared throughout the DVD.
One of my daughters shared her view: "I enjoyed watching this DVD because it shared a lot about Laura and her life that you never would have known from just reading the books. We learned about Laura's life between each book, and what her relationship was like with her daughter, Rose, during the time that she was writing her books. Rose wanted things done differently than Laura as far as the events that happened in each story. I like the fact that Rose came to Louisiana for further education."
This DVD has been an interesting visual addition to our America history studies, and I think it could be enjoyed by any fan of Laura Ingalls. It is available for $24.95.
Others on the crew also reviewed the documentary about Laura's husband's life Almanzo Wilder: Life Before Laura. Dean Butler, the narrator of these DVDs, is actually the actor who portrayed Almanzo Wilder in the television series.
See what other crew members shared in their reviews here.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this DVD through the Schoolhouse Review Crew in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC regulations.