For the past three years, I have read aloud the historical fiction of Laura Ingalls Wilder to Ethan and Evan. Now it's obviously just Evan and I cuddling up on the couch to see where the covered wagon will take Laura and her family. This is one of our favorite times of the day. Evan absolutely loves the stories, and he has gained not only a lot of knowledge of how people lived over 100 years ago. He is also learning positive character and virtue that is woven throughout each book Mrs. Wilder wrote.
Right now we are reading (we are almost finished) The Long Winter, which happens to be my favorite book thus far in the series!
We had the absolute privilege of taking a road trip up to the Dakotas and back down through Missouri, visiting three of the six Ingalls/Wilder sites!!!
Our first stop was near Independence, Kansas at the Little House on the Prairie Museum.
The book Little House on the Prairie is based upon the Ingalls Family living on this very site (please note the log cabin in the background is a replica), near the Sioux Indians, back in the 1870's. Admission is free, and while the place is very small, we all enjoyed it! Much of what seems to be native prairie grass surrounds the premises, and one can get the feel of perhaps what it was like out on that lonely prairie. There is also a one room schoolhouse and tiny post office on the premises, as well the original hand dug well (that Pa dug). To my surprise, inside an old farmhouse is a beautiful and well stocked souvenir shop! Great prices and a great variety of all things Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Next time I will write about stop number two...De Smet, SD!