Edited by Dale Cockrell
The eight Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867–1957), anchored in her family’s history and filled with memories of frontier life, are cornerstone classics in American children’s literature. Embedded in them are citations to 127 pieces of music--from parlor songs, stage songs, minstrel show songs, patriotic songs, Scottish and Irish songs, hymns and spirituals, to fiddle tunes, singing school songs, play party songs, folk songs, broadside ballads, catches and rounds. No books in American literature of comparable standing and popularity feature America’s vernacular music so centrally, assign it such a major narrative role, and index it in such rich abundance.
Laura's Music is a seven-volume series published by A-R Editions that contains musical selections from The Ingalls Wilder Family Songbook without the full edition's critical apparatus. Each volume in Laura's Music contains music from one or two of Wilder's books: By the Shores of Silver Lake, Little House in the Big Woods and Farmer Boy, Little House on the Prairie, Little Town on the Prairie, On the Banks of Plum Creek, The Long Winter, and These Happy Golden Years.
Commercial recordings of musical selections from The Ingalls Wilder Family Songbook are available from http://www.laura-ingalls-wilder.com/