Little House: The Franchise.

So, I was reading Little House in the Big Woods for work (I know, I know) and I had completely failed to realize that Laura Ingalls’s life and genealogy had become a franchise.

Now, the series about Laura is known as “The Laura Years”, but is part of something bigger. You can (apparently) read about each of Laura’s matrilineal relations from her great-grandmother Martha (presumably in Scotland) in Little House in the Highlands, right down to her daughter Rose’s life, who seems to have moved to the Ozarks and then the Bayou.

There are a total of 23 books. I admit that my interest is piqued, but the cynic in me sees them as a big cash cow. I may pick one or two up. When the library is not on strike.

9 Comments to “Little House: The Franchise.”

  1. By Beth, August 22, 2007 @ 2:23 am

    And I have the Little House Cookbook. They’ve taken dished described in the books and created recipes so you can recreate them. I’ve never actually tried one though.

  2. By sarah, August 22, 2007 @ 6:00 am

    And I thought I was all set, having saved the ten books from my own childhood for my daughters.

  3. By sarah, August 22, 2007 @ 2:33 pm

    I have given you an award. Because it’s a friendly thing to do, and you are a friendly person.

  4. By rachel, August 22, 2007 @ 2:43 pm

    I miss the library too. Scott keeps lamenting, “Couldn’t they have left the online catalog up?!” but for what? So we can sadly peruse titles we can’t have? whimper!

  5. By elswhere, August 22, 2007 @ 9:08 pm

    The library’s up in Burnaby. And Vancouver people can come over and get cards and stuff.

    I’m just saying.

    As for the Little House books—I’m such a purist that I’ve turned up my nose at all the non-Laura ones (and also all the easy-reading and picture-book adaptations). I’m a book snob; it’s true.

  6. By Liz, August 23, 2007 @ 2:00 pm

    Beth, I totally want to borrow that cookbook.

    Sarah, thank you for my award! You’re nice too.

    Rachel, Elsewhere’s right. Burnaby requires (I think) proof of address and you could get a card there. I am sorely tempted!

  7. By Arwen, August 23, 2007 @ 4:49 pm

    I would like to suggest that the true daughter of the Laura series is the book “The Glass Castle”, the autobiography by Jeannette Walls: except instead of listing food, the author lists pain. Really weird connections for me between the books.

  8. By Beth, August 25, 2007 @ 10:07 pm

    For sure, you can borrow the cookbook.

  9. By Liz, August 26, 2007 @ 2:36 pm

    Thanks! I’ve just been reading about the blackbird pie and drooling. I don’t know if it would work with pigeons, though!

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