Mary Ingalls Didn't Go Blind From Scarlet Fever

Laura Ingalls and her sister Mary—whose lives were immortalized on Little House on the Prairie, and in the Little House series of books on which the TV show was based—were real people who were really pioneers in the 19th century. And the real Mary indeed went blind in 1879 when she was 14. Both the books and TV show… »2/04/13 1:15pm2/04/13 1:15pm

The Long Winter: Cold Comfort; Or, In Which I Don't Even Try To Fight The Metaphor

Welcome to 'Fine Lines', the Friday feature in which we give a sentimental, sometimes-critical, far more wizened look at the children's and YA books we loved in our youth. This week, writer / reviewer / blogger Lizzie Skurnick reads 'The Long Winter', the Laura Ingalls Wilder classic wherein our heroine Laura twists… »10/10/08 3:00pm10/10/08 3:00pm