Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867-1957) as schoolteacher, 1887.
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By William Anderson
March 7, 2016

The United States’ State Department compiled a list of American books for translation into Japanese as part of a reeducation program in the occupied country. The Long Winter was one of the first titles published. Laura was asked to write a message to Japanese children as a result.

Rocky Ridge Farm

Mansfield, Missouri U.S.A.

July 8, 1948

Dear Japanese Children.

Though you are far away and speak a different language, still the things worthwhile in life are the same for us all and the same as when I was a child so long ago.

Things of real value do not change with the passing of years nor in going from one country to another.

These I am sure you have.

It is always best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures, to be cheerful in adversity and have courage in danger.

With love to you all and best wishes for your happiness, I am

Sincerely your friend,

Laura Ingalls Wilder


From THE SELECTED LETTERS OF LAURA INGALLS WILDER by William Anderson Copyright © 2016 by William Anderson. Reprinted courtesy of Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.


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