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Lessons from Laura: The evolution of the Little House books | Tracy Lawson Author
Laura Ingalls Wilder submitted her autobiography, Pioneer Girl, to literary agents in 1930. The factual account of her life was intended for adult readers and it languished, failing to find favor with publishers until she re-worked part of the story into a shorter volume for children, entitled When Grandma was a Girl. That book, expanded and revised, was published as Little House in the Big Woods in 1932. Years ago, I acquired a copy of the version of Pioneer Girl Wilder submitted to literary agent George T. Bye around 1931. It is one of my prized possessions, and here's why: studying that early version of Wilder's work and comparing it to the finished Little House books gave me hope for my own future as a writer. Pioneer Girl was not published in its original state because it wasn't ready yet. Finding the right way to present the story took time. And revision. When it was ready, it became the beloved series of children's books. As writers, we all have to start somewhere. Then we have