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The World of Little House (Little House)
Published in Library Binding by HarperCollins Children's Books (1996)
Authors: Carolyn Strom Collins, Christina Wyss Eriksson, Deborah Maze, and Garth Williams
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Nice Companion to the Little House Series
This is a nice companion book to the Little House series. The book is filled with diagrams of what the houses that Laura and her family lived in may have looked like, simple activities suitable for children, recipes for foods that are described in the Little House books, and other background information about the books and Laura's life. Each chapter revolves around one of the nine books in the Little House series and the book contains an introduction about Laura Ingalls Wilder. The back of the book contains a time line of different world events that were going on during Laura's lifetime. This is a nice book to read after you have read the Little House series.

Charming Book
This charming book is a must for Little House addicts. The partial family tree is interesting (though did Grandpa Ingalls really give two of his children the same first name? That struck me as odd). The book contains lots of recipes and activities, and a nice summary of the Ingall's family travels.
A few minor caveats, however:
Except for a brief introduction and the timeline at the end, the book follows the LH books, NOT Laura's actual life. So it isn't all factually accurate.
WHile a few of the "Little Houses" still exist, most are long gone. So the author's floor plans are imaginary, and they don't always follow the descriptions in the books. (For example, when Pa added the bedrooms onto the claim shanty at the beginning of "Little Town on the Prairie", Laura describes it as "building the other half of the house," meaning, to my mind, that the rooms should have been side by side; the same size as the original shanty room. THe author here shows them as being one behind the other, and taking up only half the legnth of the shanty.)
The recipes, while interesting, seem less historically accurate than the ones in the "Little House Cookbook." (Almanzo's "Long Winter" pancakes probably wouldn't have had eggs in them.)
And there are a few other minor factual errors, both in relation to Laura's real life and to her life as portrayed in the books.

Still a very worthwhile purchase for anyone interested in the book series.

The World of Little House
The World of Little House is an excellent book about the history of the "Pioneer Girl", Laura Ingalls Wilder. Deborah Maze and Garth Williams did a wonderful job of illustrating the book with beautiful pictures. This book includes "How to Make Projects" such as Laura and Mary's Nine-Patch Quilt Squares along with "How to Make Recipes" such as Molasses-on-Snow Candy. Besides telling about Laura's life, the book includes interesting topics of what it was like to live in the 1860's through the 1940's. Such topics include information on general stores, prairie schools, covered wagons, medicine and housekeeping on the prairie. If you like Laura Ingalls Wilder, you must buy this book. It will be money well spent!

The Complete Adoption Handbook
Published in Paperback by Zondervan (1992)
Authors: Kay Marshall Strom, Deborah Shaw Lewis, Gregg Lewis, and Douglas R. Donnelly
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Adoption from a Christain's View Point
At first glance, Kay Strom seemed to have written just another common place book on the adoption process. But upon further reading, I was very impressed by the thought provoking manner in which she encourages each individual considering or going through the adoption process to seek the Lord's guidance for each step taken. She does not "sugar coat" adoption like it's the TV sitcom "THE BRADY BUNCH," but weaves in accounts of actual families as they made their way through adoption. Though not a technical reference book like THE ADOPTION RESOURCE BOOK by Lois Gilman (by the way, is an invaluable adoption tool), Kay Strom makes you stop and evaluate your motivations before you jump into adoption. I highly recommend this book to any Christain since she does not "push" any particular "religious affiliation" when she encourages one to seek the Lord for His guidance.

Birdwatching With American Women: A Selection of Nature Writings
Published in Paperback by W.W. Norton & Company (1989)
Author: Deborah Strom
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Neighbors to the Birds: A History of Birdwatching in America
Published in Hardcover by W.W. Norton & Company (1988)
Authors: Felton Gibbons and Deborah Strom
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