It's Laura Ingalls 150th Bday: Here's 13 Things 'Little House' Taught Us

'Little House on the Prairie' for LIFE

The Little House on the Prairie novels, which were inspired by author Laura Ingalls Wilder’s pioneer childhood in the 1870s and 1880s, have sold more than 60 million copies, been translated into more than 30 languages, and delighted children and families in print and on the small screen for decades.

Laura Ingalls Wilder was born on Feb. 7, 1867, in Pepin County, Wisconsin. In honor of what would have been her 150th birthday on Tuesday, here are 13 things we learned from Little House on the Prairie!

13 things we learned from Little House on the Prairie:

How to fall and get back up like a boss:


Best revenge for mean kids?

Just lure them into a creek filled with leeches ...

What true evil looks like:



How to read into subtext:

That sisters are the best

Be careful! Mice can eat your hair while you sleep.

The best candy is snow candy

Just boil molasses and sugar together and pour the syrup onto a plate of clean snow.

Haven’t had a chance to put a roof on the house yet?


Just stretch the wagon cover over it.

Don't have time to build a real house?

You can live in a sod-walled dugout!

Out of flour?

Just, grind wheat to make bread using a coffee grinder.

What to do when the wood and coal are gone

Oh just twist hay into tight bundles for fuel.

A panther screaming sounds just like a woman screaming.


To never give up


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