What children’s book or character left an impression on me? When I think back on my reading as a child I do not recall many children’s books. I read Sacajawea in the fifth grade, Romeo and Juliet in eighth grade (on my own), and was often found tucked away in the seemingly forgotten corner of the library where all the great poets were waiting to woo me with their prose.
I do recall reading the entire Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder over and over. Laura had such a challenging and exciting life. She was a free spirit, never stuck in one place for very long. I loved traveling with her family from the woods of Wisconsin to Kansas to Minnesota to South Dakota. The family stood by each other. No matter how bad things got they were there for each other and they did not give up. It seemed that giving up was not something the knew how to do.
I wanted so much to be like Laura that I made homemade butter for Thanksgiving dinner one year. My dad bought me a bonnet on a trip to the Amana colonies, a bonnet that was often dangling from the strings down my back as I ran around the farm and through the fields. When winter came and blizzards hit I would pick up The Long Winter and realize how easy I had it. Knowing what Laura and her family had gone through made me appreciate the things that I had even more than I already did.
The stories are classics. I gifted my daughter a copy of the entire series when she was nine. I read the books out loud to my children. Letting them experience what it was like to travel to unsettled territory.
This series is the one that stuck the most even through to adulthood.
What children’s book left an impression on you?