My sister-in-law poked fun at my most recent t-shirt idea, “What Would Laura Do?” (As in Laura Ingalls Wilder of Little House fame.) “Um … Jodi, I’m pretty sure girls these days have moved on to some other things.”
But dust off your old LHOTPs and take your girl on your favorite childhood wagon ride for these reasons:
1. Great. Discussion. Starters. These books touch on all the biggies: confidence, discipline, perseverance, girls’ education, exploitation–you name it!
2. Ultimate DIY-er. Laura takes scraps of blue silk to line her sister’s Christmas coat, and she twists hay logs alongside Pa when the winter wood runs out.
3. Tough Girl. If you ride the wagon long enough, you’ll see Laura stick it to Almanzo when he slips his arm around her a little too soon. Ha!
Be ready for: Insensitive treatment of Native Americans. This is a biggie. Some school districts have understandably banned LHOTP due to ignorant portrayals of Native peoples during this time period. Use this as a discussion point, and revisit it FREQUENTLY as you journey with the Ingalls family.
What’s your most memorable LHOTP experience?