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Laura Ingalls Wilder's Relationship With Natural World

Wisconsin Public Radio
In the book, "Little House in the Big Woods," by Wisconsin-born author Laura Ingalls Wilder, she describes two oaks in front of the family's log cabin. These trees were a play spot for Ingalls Wilder and her older sister, Mary, at their home in the woods outside of Pepin. Each girl claimed a tree and during the summers, those trees made green roofs for the sisters to play under. Oaks are the most prominent tree talked about in "Little House in the Big Woods," but it wasn't the only species of tree in the natural landscape, says author Marta McDowell, who wrote the book "The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Frontier Landscapes That Inspired The Little House Books."

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