Literature Posters : Little House on the Prairie series, Laura Ingalls Wilder
She thought to herself, “This is now.” She was glad that the cozy house, and Pa and Ma and the firelight and the music, were now. They could not be forgotten, she thought, because now is now. It can never be a long time ago.
Laura Ingalls Wilder, the “little house on the prairie” writer, was short. Like 4'10" or something. So when her husband built their house, he built and customized everything to her size so she’d be comfortable.
And that is the most adorable, romantic gesture I’ve ever heard.
I love children’s books, but I get that not everyone does. That
said, I came across two August books in the mail pile that take a critical (and, yes, more grown-up) approach to kids lit. Was The Cat In The Hat
Black? by Philip Nel explores
at the hidden racism behind popular children’s books, and Wild Things by Bruce Handy provides context and analysis for
childhood classics like Little House on
the Prairie, The Giving Tree and Goodnight Moon.
If you ARE into picture books, Chelsea Marshall and Mary Dauterman just published a satirical one for adults called
What Are We Even Doing With Our Lives?
Had to include this interior image – because public radio and tote bags:
Images: Oxford University Press, Simon & Schuster, Dey Street Books.
“Recess was supposed to be the most fun, only Nellie Oleson wouldn’t ever let us play anything but ‘Ring Around a Rosie’. I didn’t want to, but Ma said 'do unto others’. I couldn’t help wondering when Nellie’s Ma would get around to telling her the same thing.”
In my opinion, Frank Lloyd Wright is a unique character in the history of architecture because he stands alone, he does not seem to belong to any major movement or ideal. He was a visionary seeking in his design that magical nexus where architecture and nature coexist in balance. I don’t count myself as one of those that consider him the greatest ever or a genius without equal but I do admire his tenacity and incredible ability to continually challenge himself and experiment with new and different design solutions. He could have coasted and done Prairie Style Houses all his life or copied Fallingwater twenty times, but he didn’t. All his projects were not successful, and some of the designs we love had major design flaws, but I admire the fact that he pushed the boundaries as he did.
That is why I consider him one of the masters, he was a transitional architect with a wealth of projects, each unique and different. He created some projects that have become icons, rightly so, that continue to inspire architects a century after.