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Earlier, the Pioneer Girl Project announced that Pioneer Girl Perspectives: Exploring Laura Ingalls Wilder would be coming out in 2017, and it did!


Pioneer Girl Perspectives: Exploring Laura Ingalls Wilder

Edited by Nancy Tystad Koupal


Hardcover, 6.5 x 10 inches
Black-and-white illustrations, index, footnotes
ISBN 978-1-941813-08-9

Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867‒1957) finished her autobiography, Pioneer Girl, in 1930 when she was sixty-three years old. Throughout the 1930s and into the early 1940s, she drew upon her original manuscript to write a successful series of books for young readers. Wilder’s vision of life on the American frontier in the last half of the nineteenth century continues to draw new generations of readers to her Little House books.

Editor Nancy Tystad Koupal has collected essays from noted scholars of Wilder’s life and work that explore the themes and genesis of Wilder’s writings. Pioneer Girl Perspectives sheds new light on the story behind Wilder’s original manuscript and examines the ways in which the author and her daughter and editor, Rose Wilder Lane, worked to develop a marketable narrative. The essay contributors delve into the myths and realities of Wilder’s work to discover the real lives of frontier children, the influence of time and place on both Wilder and Lane, and the role of folklore in the Little House novels. Together, the essays give readers a deeper understanding of how Wilder built and managed her story.

Published over eighty years after its inception, Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography edited by Pamela Smith Hill gave readers new insight into the truth behind Wilder’s fiction. Pioneer Girl Perspectives further demonstrates the importance of Wilder as an influential American author whose stories of growing up on the frontier remain relevant today.


On November 17, the South Dakota Historical Society Press began shipping Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography. Since that time, enthusiastic reviews in places such as Foreword Reviews, the Christian Science Monitor, and the Los Angeles Times have helped to make the book highly in demand. We promise that Pioneer Girl will be in print as long as readers want to explore the legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Our office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST, Monday through Friday where you can contact us by calling (605) 773-6009.

Thank you for supporting the mission of the South Dakota Historical Society Press and the Pioneer Girl Project.

Laura Ingalls Wilder: Pioneer Girl coverPioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography

By Laura Ingalls Wilder
Pamela Smith Hill, editor


Hardcover, 472 pages,9 x 10 inches
125 black-and-white images, 8 maps, appendices, index, bibliography
ISBN: 978-0-9845041-7-6

Follow the real Laura Ingalls and her family as they make their way west—and discover that truth is as remarkable as fiction.

Hidden away since 1930, Laura Ingalls Wilder’s original autobiography reveals the true stories of her pioneering life. Some of her experiences will be familiar; some will be a surprise. Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography re-introduces readers to the woman who defined the pioneer experience for millions of people around the world.

Wilder details the Ingalls family’s journey through Kansas, Missouri, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, back to Minnesota, and on to Dakota Territory— sixteen years of travels, unforgettable stories, and the everyday people who became immortal through her fiction. Using additional manuscripts, diaries, and letters, editor Pamela Smith Hill adds valuable context and explores Wilder’s growth as a writer.

Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography also explores the history of the frontier that the Ingalls family traversed and the culture and life of the communities Wilder lived in. The book features over one hundred images, eight fully researched maps, and hundreds of annotations based on census data and records, newspapers of the period, and other primary documents.


If you are an individual in the United States or Canada interested in ordering Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography, please visit the South Dakota Historical Society Press website to pay by credit card or send a check to 900 Governors Drive, Pierre, South Dakota. Make checks payable to the South Dakota Historical Society Press. Shipping in the United States is $10.00 and shipping to Canada is $15.00. The price of Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography is $39.95.

If you are a retailer or distributor in the United States or Canada interested in selling Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography, please email orders@sdshspress.com.

If you are a reader or retailer outside the United States or Canada, please contact info@eurospangroup.com.

Thank you!

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29 thoughts on “Order

  1. I would like to know if you are planning a Kindle version. I read almost exclusively on my Kindle now.

    • Thank you for your question. Along with making Wilder’s unpublished memoir widely available for the first time, Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography will add valuable context through photographs, annotations, maps, and appendices. We do have plans for an eBook version of Pioneer Girl in the future, but creating an eBook will require restructuring, so we will probably not be releasing a digital format at the same time as the print version.

      • Thank you for planning on an eBook. I have vision problems that make it much easier to do my reading on a computer or tablet.

  2. Hello from Tokyo, Japan

    I’ve been a fan of Laura’s work ever since I was a small child growing up in New Zealand. I ordered “On the Banks of Plum Creek” from the Scholastic Book Club because the title attracted me. I was the same age as Laura in the book at the time, and that was the beginning of a lifelong love for her work and an interest in her life. Will Pioneer Girl be available to overseas readers through Amazon or the like eventually?

  3. Are there plans, perhaps, for a paperback version of this, preferably by Christmastime? I would love to purchase this book to give as a gift, but it seems so expensive and my mother suggested that perhaps by the Christmas season it would have a paperback version at a cheaper price. With this being hardcover, and this being the autobiography of a famous children’s author that has never been published, the price makes sense. But a paperback version (for $12- 15 dollars, perhaps?) would also be wonderful.

    Are there any plans for a paperback?

    • Thank you for your question, Cindy. At this time, we do not plan to release Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography as an audio book. The close relationship between text and annotations is difficult to reproduce in a non-visual medium, but we continue to consider all of our options.

  4. I can’t wait! I feel like a child in the weeks before Christmas. I have been a fan since my early youth. I am 49 years old. I’ve read everything regarding Laura, Rose etc….I love Laura’s books, I love history. One dream I have is to one day visit Rocky Ridge. It’s sad to think there is really no one left with a direct link to Laura. I would love to do more research on Almanzo’s family and their descendants. I find it amazing that Almanzo and I have the same birth day, February 13.

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    • Erma –

      Unfortunately, we can’t say with any certainty whether any particular store will carry Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography unless it orders its stock directly from the South Dakota Historical Society Press. Stores that order through national distributors will probably begin to receive their copies starting around the 26th of November. Of course, you can always sidestep the uncertainty by ordering directly from the South Dakota Historical Society Press.

  6. I’m really looking forward to this book. I was born in a farm house about 5 miles west of Burr Oak, Iowa and have been to the Laura Wilder Museum there in Burr Oak. Hearing more about her time in the Burr Oak area brings much anticipation on my part. Thank you for your work on this project!
    Joan R. McGavick

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