I can't believe it's time to wrap up the LIW Reading Challenge so soon. Time just flies right on by! :) Many thanks to Barbarafor hosting this yearly meme!
West From Home by Laura Ingalls Wilder is the final book I've read for the LIW Reading challenge. It was a very nice way to end this month of reading.
The story revolves around Laura's trip to visit her daughter Rose in San Francisco, California (Bay area) and is compiled of the letters she wrote to Manly (Laura's husband) describing her travels and experiences while visiting Rose and her son in law. With Laura's descriptions of her travels, sight seeing with Rose and her husband as well as all she she experienced and saw ~ she brought her experiences to life! Prior to reading this book, I had not read much about the 1915 Pan Pacific International Exposition. I was absolutely astounded to read about all the shows/exhibits as well as life around San Francisco and the Bay area in that era. The exhibits nightly light shows alone must have been breathtaking. What a wonderful lifetime experience! I found it very interesting how the **new** commercial canning of produce was demonstrated as well as Carnation's process of producing Evaporated Milk. The international booths/exhibits sounded amazing - the sites, sounds smells and tastes. Laura was most definitely captivated by it all. I enjoyed the pictures included in the book. It was amazing to see 1915 San Francisco and compare it to the city it is today. It's been a long while since I lived in the Bay area but oh, I became so homesick reading this book. It really is a wonderful place to visit and live - back in 1915 and today!
My youngest son is enjoying this series immensly! The Book of the King is the first book in the Wormling series written by Jerry Jenkins and Chris Fabry.
From the publisher:
“Nothing special” is the best way to describe Owen Reeder— at least that's what he's been told all his life. When a stranger visits his father's bookstore, Owen's ordinary life spirals out of control and right into a world he didn't even know existed.
Owen believes the only gift he possesses is his ability to devour books, but he is about to be forced into a battle that will affect two worlds: his and the unknown world of the Lowlands.
Perfect for readers ages 10 to 14 who enjoy a fast-paced story packed with action, fantasy, and humor.
I decided to go ahead and watch them anyway as I like to form my own opinions about things. I decided at the outset though to set aside all I knew of LHP books and movies and just watch it without comparing it to any of the beloved movies or TV series until I had finished watching. These two made for TV movies were produced by CBS. The were aired as a 2 part miniseries; Part 1 aired in 2000 and the second movie aired in 2002. It was based on the books from LHP series - The Long Winter through The First Four Yearsand included several well known actors ~ Richard Thomas, Meredith Monroe and Walter Goggins.
After watching both movies, I had differing reactions to them. The movie flowed well, the cinematography was good. It was rather interesting to see Richard Thomas as Charles Ingalls; he did an excellent acting job! With the exception of some of the dramatic licence in writing and producing these movies, I enjoyed watching them. I found it to be a really good miniseries on pioneers and the westward movement.
On the other hand ... about the dramatic licence -
CBS productions chose to step out of the box and portray Laura and her family differently. It was a gusty move. They casted Laura Ingalls as a blonde. (Laura was a brunette who as a little girl was jealous of her sister's golden hair.) Another interesting change was Mary and Ma Ingalls had red hair. Given the above and some other changes, I can certainly understand why the "dramatic licence" taken in these movies angered so many of the LHP fans. Still, I have to write that I really enjoyed watching both movies in their own right. I also came away with the thought that the movie might have been better received if they had left out the phrase "the true story of Laura Ingalls Wilder" from the movie title. The dramatic license CBS productions took really stretched the boundaries of a "true" depiction of Laura's life.
I encourage you all to watch the movies and make your own decision. Stop on back and let me know what you thought!
I'm a bit late joining in on the party but I've finished re-visiting an old friend ~
For this year's challenge I thought I would start reading my way through the LHP series again - setting the goal of one book per month. I am looking forward to re-visiting the rest of the series! The LHP series edition that I really enjoy reading the most is the one with Garth Williams as the illustrator. I grew up with his illustrations for so many of the children's books I read in my earlier years and he was such a gifted illustrator.
As I read Little House in the Big Woods, I enjoyed reading about Laura and her family all over again. This time I found myself reading the book from a different perspective; focusing on Laura's parents and all they had to do each day to ensure their family's survival. Everything had a specific use and nothing went to waste. Their lives were full, meaningful and while hard, filled with joy and faith. I came away from reading the book wondering about life back then and the life we have now. I am grateful for our easier lives; I don't think I would enjoy it much living without my washer and dryer, stove and all the modern conveniences of today.
I was reminded of how the children were taught the true value of work and from an early age were expected to participate in family chores (age appropriate of course). It was a high standard that the children and adults of that time were expected to live up to. Standards that really matter ~ faith, honesty, sharing, respect, experiencing the benefits of working towards goals and achieving them. We may not be able to go back to that simpler life and time but we can continue to bring those values and instill them in our lives and families today. I'm currently reading West from Home and am really enjoying it. I'll write a review of this book soon. Wishing you all Happy Reading!