What was Laura Ingalls Wilder's childhood like?


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Author Laura Ingalls Wilder's childhood consisted of moving throughout the Midwest without having a stable home for more than a few years at a time. At times she lived in Wisconsin, Iowa, South Dakota, Minnesota and Kansas. She was born in a log cabin on Feb. 7, 1867, to Charles and Caroline Ingalls. Her home sat just outside Pepin, Wisconsin. This house became known in her books as "The Little House in the Big Woods."

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Laura Ingalls Wilder and her family moved to Kansas in 1869, the setting she would later use in her book "Little House On the Prairie." In 1874, her family moved to Walnut Grove, Minnesota, and two years later, they moved to Burr Oak, Iowa. After briefly returning to Walnut Grove, her family moved to De Smet, South Dakota, in 1879. Crop failures forced the family to migrate often.

Laura Ingalls Wilder had one older sister, two younger sisters and one brother, Charles, Her brother died before his first birthday. Additionally, due to all the moving, she and her sisters largely educated themselves. This experience and the need to bring in income for the family prompted her to become a teacher. She got her first teaching job at the age of 15 in 1882 at the Bouchie School.

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