What was the book, or book series, that first began your love for reading?
When I was in elementary school and first branching out in my reading, I discovered Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Needless to say, I fell in love. I always thought I was born in the wrong era, perhaps, because I loved the simplicity of life then.
I devoured the entire Little House on the Prairie series over the course of 4th grade year.
And then I re-read them again in 5th grade. And probably 6th grade, too. I remember re-reading them several times. I went on to continue reading more about Laura Ingalls Wilder, including The Rose Years series.
What’s more is that I watched the TV show with my grandmother. That was our thing in the summers. I loved having two back-to-back episodes to watch, and watching them with her. They are some of my best memories, and it is also where I learned the basis of what a good man is.
Pa was an extraordinary character, an extraordinarily man, and Michael Landon brought his character to life in the TV series. I fell in love with Michael Landon and how he exemplified all the good things a man should be.
I think Laura Ingalls Wilder and her books are what sparked an interest in history and my interest in reading and learning more about different time periods, cultures and ways of life. I think this was an easy transition for me in school when it came to studying these things, and as I grew older I always had a very avid interest in the Revolutionary War and the Civil War time periods.