Days of Sunshine Days of Shadow
This book is a chronological timeline of the historical events in Laura’s life, as well as her immediate family and relatives. It begins before Laura, with her grandmother, Charlotte Quiner, and continues on through to the late twentieth century, with Laura Ingalls Wilder’s worldwide recognition long after her death. Here you will find the major events, such as birthdays, marriages, and deaths. But you will also find the small, seemingly insignificant dates. For example, an ordinary school day for Laura’s sister, Grace Ingalls, as recorded in Grace’s journal. All of these dates, both big and small, provide a clear, sequential overview of Laura and her family’s day-to-day life. Only the most reliable and historical sources have been used, in order to give the most accurate picture. Therefore, the author has relied heavily on primary sources, such as journal entries and family letters, and has stayed away from more fictional sources, like the “Little House” books themselves. Laura lived a full life, filled with sorrow and happiness, success and loss. Her years were indeed made up of sunshine and shadow, as Laura herself put it. This book simply organizes all of that “sunshine and shadow”, giving the reader context, fact, time and place.