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Saturday, February 07, 2009

Laura Ingalls Wilder - Happy Birthday

A post from Sharron who is eating gingerbread with chocolate icing -- but alas no lemonade; only hot tea.

Today is Laura Ingalls Wilder's birthday or rather anniversary of her birth - born Feb. 7, as she died in 1957. There is much discussion about the worthiness of her books given the image of Native Americans that is given throughout the books. There are indeed arguments both ways -- I prefer to say that they should always be used in the context of history and with much discussion about the times during which they were written. Actually I prefer the collections of stories that Harper has been putting together on thematic issues - dog stories, Christmas etc. With the addition of the wonderful illustrations these make great reading and do eliminate much of the stereotypic images that were in the novels themselves.

But it is her birthday and she traditionally served gingerbread with a chocolate icing, and often with lemonade, when company came.

Check out her own gingerbread recipe on the Hornbook site -- or on the Purple House Press site which also has it.

Bake it and enjoy it.

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