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May Birthday Giveaway: The Wilder Life

cover of The Wilder Life

This here website started ten years ago this month and to celebrate I’m giving away something each weekday. Because I like you.

Today I’m thrilled to be able to offer three lucky winners (that’s you! and you! and, yes, you!) a copy of The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie by Wendy McClure. Wendy’s site, Pound, was among the very first I started reading way back-in-the-day and I followed along as she investigated her love for Laura Ingalls Wilder. I somehow missed out on the whole Little House experience and I have to say I’m jealous. (Anne of Green Gables? Frodo? Susan and Lucy? All yes. Little House? I’m feeling like I have to catch up to the rest of you.)

If you have an affinity for Little House this book is for you. To win a copy please leave a comment with this entry, and if you’d like something to talk about answer this question: Have you ever worn a bonnet? I’ll go first: Yes! But not on purpose. I remember my aunt making me wear an acclaimedly homemade bonnet one the moment I visited Oklahoma. Shortly thereafter we went through a drive-through, which I think was Sonic. I feared they had cameras and could see my polite bonnet wearing shame. I knew the adults were getting away with something because my older and younger cousins were not required to wear bonnets. Luckily the pointing and laughing were kept to a minimum. Ok, embarrassing childhood snapshot time is over. You have until Tuesday, May 10th at 10 a.m. PST to enter, the fine print applies, good luck! Closed, thanks for entering!

· comments [428] · 05-9-2011 · categories:books ·

428 responses so far ↓

  • 1 debra t. // May 9, 2011 at 2:27 am

    I’m from Oklahoma, I love Sonic, and I’ve never worn a bonnet

  • 2 Anne // May 9, 2011 at 2:33 am

    I have to go to the Middle East a lot for work; hijab is sort of a bonnet, right?

  • 3 Shannyn // May 9, 2011 at 2:41 am

    No, I don’t recall wearing a bonnet but I do recall wearing “pioneer” style dresses and brown lace up boots to school in honor of Little House on the Prairie! This book sounds awesome! I want to go make my own butter right now. LoL (apparently that was all my school knew to teach us…to take buttermilk and a marble within a jar and shake it til we made butter…but that was it!)

  • 4 Kristy K // May 9, 2011 at 2:49 am

    I *must* have worn a bonnet, although I don’t remember exactly – I remember being in a production of Oklahoma! in school when I was younger, and I do remember wearing a prairie dress!

  • 5 Kim // May 9, 2011 at 2:50 am

    Reading the Little House books with my mother is one of my earliest memories, and I’ve been meaning to pick this up for a bit now. As for bonnets, I don’t believe I’ve ever worn one. BUT I did sleep under a quilt with bonnet patterns made by my grandmother from my mother’s wedding dress and her bridesmaids’ dresses. Which in itself is Little House-ish, I think.

  • 6 Min // May 9, 2011 at 2:56 am

    I received the whole set of Little House books for christmas one year as a kid. Of course, I disdained them and they gathered dust for months until I ran out of things to read. Once I started, I couldn’t put them down and read them all many times over.

    I don’t recall ever wearing a bonnet, though. Thanks, Mom!

  • 7 Jamie // May 9, 2011 at 3:03 am

    I, too, was obsessed with Laura Ingalls Wilder – I even had her cookbook! – so I had to have worn a bonnet at some point. After all, I’m from Kansas. We all wear bonnets at some point.

  • 8 Jennifer // May 9, 2011 at 3:45 am

    When I was in Girl Scouts, we had a float in our town’s bicentennial anniversary parade, and for whatever reason we were all in “colonial” dress, including bonnets, all waving from the float and smiling with our missing front teeth, since we were all around 7 or 8 years old :)

  • 9 Martha // May 9, 2011 at 3:47 am

    Yes I have! When I was learning to sew I made a dress with a matching bonnet (my mom helped, I think I was 10?)

  • 10 Amber // May 9, 2011 at 3:50 am

    I have not worn a bonnet, although I really wanted one while I was reading the Little House on the Prairie series!

  • 11 Kate // May 9, 2011 at 3:50 am

    Despite my love for Laura Ingalls Wilder, I’ve never worn a bonnet. I guess there is always next Halloween?

  • 12 Kylie M-W // May 9, 2011 at 3:55 am

    I did actually wear a bonnet, I volunteered for a historic site one summer. I had a full costume, including a bonnet!

  • 13 Katie // May 9, 2011 at 4:01 am

    I had a bonnet and wore it exactly one time before the neighborhood “hunk” (what were we, 6?) made fun on me. I still have it, but now my little girls wear it when playing dress up.

  • 14 patricia // May 9, 2011 at 4:05 am

    I had quite a few bonnets and dresses to go with them!

  • 15 Sarah Jane // May 9, 2011 at 4:09 am

    I wore a bonnet for girl scouts once for some reason. I don’t remember the reason, just the bonnet and my girl scouts uniform.

    I’ve loved LIW for a LONG time. I would read her books over and over.

  • 16 papelhilo // May 9, 2011 at 4:09 am

    I am an authentic lover of Little house, I read the whole serie of books lots and lots of time ! but I never wore a bonnet !

  • 17 Jamie G // May 9, 2011 at 4:17 am

    I wore a bonnet for Pioneer Day in the 4th grade. There was no shame involved–I simply pretended I was Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman.

  • 18 Kimberly // May 9, 2011 at 4:19 am

    When I was small, my Dad had to go to some meeting in Lancaster, PA. — Pennsylvania Dutch Country. He brought me home a red and white bonnet which I wore every time Little House on the Prairie was on TV AND every time I’d read one of the books.

    Happy Anniversary!

  • 19 Bonney // May 9, 2011 at 4:22 am

    The lifestyle described in the Little House books has always fascinated me. I’ve never worn a bonnet but I love most other hats.

  • 20 Katrina // May 9, 2011 at 4:25 am

    At some point in my childhood, my family visited Pennsylvania Dutch country. We all got hats or bonnets as our souvenir. Oh, and there are pictures of me as a toddler with the obligatory Easter bonnet on.

  • 21 Lacey // May 9, 2011 at 4:26 am

    In preschool, I remember wearing a bonnet and singing “a tisket a tasket” at the graduation. I think/hope that was the only time!

  • 22 Kathy // May 9, 2011 at 4:26 am

    I’ve never worn a bonnet, but would have loved to have had one to “play Laura” as a child. I adored the books!

  • 23 bryssy // May 9, 2011 at 4:28 am

    Oh yes! And by choice!

  • 24 Jillian // May 9, 2011 at 4:29 am

    I can remember wearing a bonnet a couple of times… once for a photo in some tourist attraction in PA, and a couple of times when I worked as a volunteer at a local fort/reenactment site during the holidays.

  • 25 Erin // May 9, 2011 at 4:29 am

    When I was 2, and my sister was an infant, my parents dressed us in matching outfits that included a large yellow bonnet. This looks less odd on the baby than on the very large toddler.

  • 26 Ruth Ann // May 9, 2011 at 4:37 am

    I wore a bonnet for a few minutes for a picture once. I was a part of a group doing a photo scavenger hunt. One of the pictures we needed was somewhere wearing a “pretty floral bonnet”. That one wasn’t as much fun as the picture of one of us with a “black market beagle”.

  • 27 Marilyn // May 9, 2011 at 4:41 am

    I want this! I’ve heard very good things about it. j dot marilyn dot evans at gmail dot com

  • 28 Michelle // May 9, 2011 at 4:44 am

    I had a bonnet and an apron that I played with as a kid. And I wore a bonnet to play Raggedy Ann in a play.

  • 29 Erin // May 9, 2011 at 4:45 am

    No! And since I was Little House obsessed it’s clearly something I need to get on the to-do list.

  • 30 Jen W. // May 9, 2011 at 4:50 am

    I’ve never worn a bonnet, but boy did I love watching Little House on the Prairie with my twin sister!

  • 31 Christa // May 9, 2011 at 4:54 am

    The answer to this is a most emphatic yes. Prepare for a confession of both profound geekdom and love of all things prairie. I wore a bonnet at a child, tis true. I also wore a Southern Belle straw hat to pieces. But the true bonnet experience didn’t occur until a dear friend of mine told me about Four Mile House in Denver, Colorado, one of many living history sites in the country where you can volunteer to reenact history. I had found my happy place. I spent the spring in a prairie dress and bonnet , cooking (and burning) pies and biscuits one their giant wood burning stove kept in a tiny wooden house. It was divine! The people there are devoted to history, in addition to recreating the crafts of the time, from hat making to quilting. So much to learn, so little time!

  • 32 Jennifer // May 9, 2011 at 4:54 am

    Congratulations! I must admit, I’ve been reading your blog for probably most of the time you’ve been writing – I was looking for a recipe for bath bombs when I stumbled on to your wonderful site. Thank you for all that you do! I’ve personally asked you a couple of questions via e-mail and you’ve been incredibly helpful. AND you’ve done it a wonderful layman’s terms so that I’ve not felt overwhelmed by a response that was way over my head…

  • 33 Crystal // May 9, 2011 at 4:57 am

    Dating myself here, but oh well! I grew up in height of Holly Hobbie and Bicentennial-mania. My school district went so far as to build a one-room red school house on the grounds of our elementary school and every class in the district attended class at it, in costume, one day that school year. That bonnet got a lot of wear in 1976! Oh! And I recently pulled down my original childhood set of Little House books to beging rereading them!

  • 34 Betsy // May 9, 2011 at 5:02 am

    I never wore a bonnet, but I did have several Little House inspired dresses that my mom made for me.

  • 35 Anna // May 9, 2011 at 5:03 am

    Sadly, I don’t know this story – but I would love to!

  • 36 Laurel // May 9, 2011 at 5:07 am

    we had one in our dress up box, but it must have been pretty small, because i don’t have any memories of wearing it… but i loved laura when i was little, so i was always sad that i didn’t have one!

  • 37 GG // May 9, 2011 at 5:11 am

    I LOVED the “Little House” books growing up. I devoured them to the point that the first thing that I ever sewed by myself was a homemade Laura Ingalls Wilder doll (complete with bonnet). I’m also pretty sure that I made myself a bonnet. Although, my memory may be incorrect. Does it count if my mom and I definitely cooked one of two of her recipes that were included in her collection of letters? (I was that obsessed)

  • 38 Lou // May 9, 2011 at 5:14 am

    I have worn a bonnet- in the Thanksgiving kindergarten play. It was made from white construction paper. Classy!

  • 39 Lorri // May 9, 2011 at 5:16 am

    Oh boy. I just put this book on hold at the library and am way down on the waiting list. I want to read it and so does my mom. I wore a pilgrim outfit for Halloween one time. I think that’s a bonnet, isn’t it?

  • 40 Beth // May 9, 2011 at 5:17 am

    Loved the books, and as my sisters and I spent our summers with our grandparents in Maggie Valley, NC (whose town logo is a girl in profile wearing a bonnet), of course we had bonnets – calico AND gingham!

  • 41 Sarah Anderson // May 9, 2011 at 5:21 am

    Heck yes I’ve worn a bonnet! Multiple times!

  • 42 Faye // May 9, 2011 at 5:21 am

    I have not, alas.

  • 43 C_Girl // May 9, 2011 at 5:24 am

    Oh my god I can’t believe I haven’t read this. I was utterly obsessed with the Little House books, and read them all multiple times. I even have the cookbook, and one of these days I WILL make taffy out of snow.

  • 44 keishua // May 9, 2011 at 5:34 am

    No, I’ve never worn a bonnet but I love LHOP books. Oh, laura.

  • 45 ~Heather // May 9, 2011 at 5:40 am

    My mum made me a pink bonnet with flowers on it, but I always saw it as more a Holly Hobby bonnet as I didn’t discover Little House books until last year! (I hated the tv show, so I think that always put me off reading the original. How could I have been so pig-headed?!)

  • 46 dru // May 9, 2011 at 5:43 am

    No bonnets, but early LIW fan.

  • 47 Jackie P // May 9, 2011 at 5:43 am

    I love Laura Ingalls Wilder, but I have never worn a bonnet!

  • 48 Jennifer // May 9, 2011 at 5:44 am

    I can’t recall ever wearing a bonnet but I’m surprised I didn’t given my family’s love for all things Little House on the Prairie. I have an aunt who, every Christmas, would give me the next book in the Little House series – a cherished gift (I still have them 30+ years later). And our family would rush to the couch Sundays at 8pm to watch the TV show. My two sisters and I would argue over which person we were. As I was the oldest, I was always Mary, but I constantly resisted the birth order arrangement – I wanted to be Laura!

  • 49 lacey // May 9, 2011 at 5:47 am

    I’ve never worn a bonnet, but I totally would. Like right now. Just put one on and head to work.

  • 50 Minerva // May 9, 2011 at 5:48 am

    I have a Little House obsession myself. As a teacher I have taught about colonialism and the westward movement. As part of a colonial occupations project the kids were doing I decided to do my own project as the teacher in a ‘dame school,’ so I sewed a colonial costume, complete with cap and apron. But the cap is as close to a bonnet as I’ve come.

  • 51 Jennifer // May 9, 2011 at 5:49 am

    I may have worn a bonnet, I can’t remember. My mother loved all things Little House, and wished I would only play with Holly Hobby style dolls. She also occasionally did some volunteer work with her gardening club at a living history, so I feel like I probably would have wound up wearing one at some point, but I’m not certain.

  • 52 Laura // May 9, 2011 at 5:54 am

    No, but I am named after Laura Ingalls Wilder!

  • 53 Steffy // May 9, 2011 at 5:55 am

    As a child I was a HUGE Little House fan, and just recently I revisited my childhood and repurchased all the books and re-read them… still a great read after all these years.

    And yes, I have worn a bonnet. But only because my brother and I were dressed up as Huck Finn and Becky Thatcher for Halloween one year.

  • 54 Alecia // May 9, 2011 at 5:55 am

    Yes, I was in 4th grade and we had a little show to put on for parents for Pioneer Day. All the girls had to wear pioneer dresses and bonnets. I was so proud of mine. It was right in the middle of my Little House obsession, where I was sure I was going to grow up and live in a log cabin and cook over a fire and never have electricity and live just like Laura!

    Yeah, um, I outgrew that (though I still wouldn’t mind the cabin part.)

  • 55 Andrea // May 9, 2011 at 5:57 am

    Not a bonnet, but a “mop” cap for a may day festival when I was about 14…my mum made one for her and one each for me and my sister, at the time I was a little embarrassed to wear it, but I’m sure I looked cute!

  • 56 Natalie // May 9, 2011 at 5:59 am

    I have seen pictures of a be-bonneted someone I’m told is me. I do not recall donning one willingly, however.

  • 57 Elizabeth // May 9, 2011 at 6:00 am

    I wore a bonnet on several occasions. Hallowe’en, school field trips to the local pioneer village, general dress-up… I’m not sure that the polyester rickrack trip that my mother used was authentic, though!

  • 58 Miriam // May 9, 2011 at 6:00 am

    I never wore a bonnet. But every time I see or read pride and prejudice or the likes, I start to crave one. I wish more people would wear hats in general. In Copenhagen the hat trend seems to be catching on for young gents but the girls are lacking behind…perhaps I should finally make that bonnet and wear it proud…out and about:)

  • 59 Elizabeth // May 9, 2011 at 6:01 am

    “Trim”, of course, not trip.

  • 60 Katie // May 9, 2011 at 6:01 am

    My awesome grandmother hand-made a bonnet and prairie dress for me not once but twice (the grades K-1 version and the grades 2-3 version, both purple.) I loved the Little House books and wore the dresses all the time.

  • 61 desiree // May 9, 2011 at 6:07 am

    Never wore a bonnet. But we played Little House on the Prairie all the time when I was little so I wore imaginary ones…

  • 62 Shannon // May 9, 2011 at 6:09 am

    I’m putting this entry in for my friend who is completely and utterly obsessed with Little House. First her name is Laura Elizabeth (i believe Laura Ingalls middle name was Elizabeth too). Even as an older teen she dressed as Laura Ingalls for halloween (multiple times) and then told us all this was her school uniform (we didn’t know her as a teen). We believed it because she’s from the south. If she could live that life i’m sure she would.

  • 63 Alison // May 9, 2011 at 6:11 am

    I made this one as a gift and definitely wore it before handing it over.

    http://www.motherearthnews.com/Do-It-Yourself/1978-07-01/Make-Your-Own-Sunbonnet-in-Less-Than-Two-Hours.aspx

  • 64 Cindy // May 9, 2011 at 6:12 am

    I wore one in 1976 as part of a bicentennial program at grade school. I grew up in South Dakota and the Midwest thriving on Little House books

  • 65 Tina Venus // May 9, 2011 at 6:15 am

    No bonnets for me, but I was a devoted fan of the books. I just recently found my copies in my mom’s attic and started rereading them!

  • 66 Shanee // May 9, 2011 at 6:16 am

    We had pilgrim day at school and that was pretty much the only time I wore one. But I have several for my kids now. LOL!

  • 67 Meg // May 9, 2011 at 6:17 am

    I was a pioneer one year for Halloween. I wore a calico dress and a maroon bonnet. I loved the Little House books, the tv show re-runs and playing Oregon Trail. (Although eventually we played “How quickly can we kill our wagon train?” with the combination of grueling pace and meager rations.)

    This book looks awesome!

  • 68 Rachael // May 9, 2011 at 6:19 am

    I’m pretty sure I’ve never worn a bonnet, but my favorite part of I Heart Huckabees has always been Naomi Watts wearing her bonnet and overalls!

  • 69 Ali // May 9, 2011 at 6:19 am

    Yes! I had a pilgrim costume in kindergarten, and I was constantly enraged by people who asked me if I was dressed up as the girl from Little House. But then I read the books and loved them, so I still want to win a copy of The Wilder Life.

  • 70 Meadow // May 9, 2011 at 6:19 am

    My sister-in-law made my daughter and I matching bonnets for Christmas. We are going to wear them when we go to the Little House pageant this summer! I am so glad my little girl inherited my love of Little House.

  • 71 Amy // May 9, 2011 at 6:19 am

    yes, bonnets worn as I was a kid during the bicentennial celebration (1976) and had more than one occasion to dress like Laura Ingalls. I first read the book as an adult and loved it.
    Thanks for this intriguing giveaway!

  • 72 Sarah // May 9, 2011 at 6:20 am

    If the pilgrim caps count then I’ve worn a bonnet. Not by choice however, it was for a school play. They were too girly for me, even though I loved the Little House books.

  • 73 Melissa S. // May 9, 2011 at 6:22 am

    I read these books till they fell apart and I had to re-glue them. And back then, I would have killed for a bonnet. :)

  • 74 Allison B // May 9, 2011 at 6:22 am

    I read all the books; I was Mary (and my best friend was Laura) for Halloween one year, when I did indeed wear a bonnet, one that was homemade by my mom; on our family vacation out west when I was 9, we went to De Smet, SD where the Little House on the Prairie was (and I’ve been to Pepin, WI and a couple other Laura-related places); in 4th grade we read Little House in the Big Woods as a class project (though I’d long since read all the books on my own) and we tried to make maple-sugar snow candy AND our teacher made us try headcheese, which they eat in the book; and best of all, now my husband (a southerner who never would have read these books on his own) is reading the Little House books to my 6-year-old daughter. I would love to win this book!

  • 75 jesser // May 9, 2011 at 6:24 am

    My mom has a photo of me in a bonnet (and interestingly, my MIL has one of my hubby in one) … but I have no memory of the occasion. I was probably about 3 mos old.

  • 76 Lise // May 9, 2011 at 6:26 am

    I’ve never worn a bonnet nor most other hat types. But I do love Laura Ingalls Wilder and am currently rereading all of the books (just finished On the Banks of Plum Creek) so hopefully that gives me some Little House cred.

  • 77 Lisa P // May 9, 2011 at 6:27 am

    Yes, My Grandmother was a proud member of the Daughter’s of the Utah Pioneers and made us. My daughter now proud wears one and I wish my Grandmother could see it on her!

  • 78 Ann // May 9, 2011 at 6:29 am

    I loved the Little House books and I wore a bonnet when my best friend and I dressed up as Laura and Mary Ingalls for Halloween.

  • 79 Katie // May 9, 2011 at 6:29 am

    I loved the Little House series! I don’t think I’ve ever worn a bonnet.

  • 80 annabelle // May 9, 2011 at 6:32 am

    Never worn a bonnet, was obsessed with Little House – so my daughters wear those hipster Urban Baby bonnets to make things all balance out.

  • 81 Anna // May 9, 2011 at 6:34 am

    I definitely wore one (okay, probably more than one) as a baby – my Mom has kind of obsession.

  • 82 Carolyn // May 9, 2011 at 6:35 am

    Love the Ingalls family! I think I’ve technically worn Easter bonnets as a toddler, but I doubt they were bonnets in the Little House-style.

  • 83 Dell // May 9, 2011 at 6:36 am

    I’m sorry to say, but I have never worn a bonnet.

  • 84 Alison // May 9, 2011 at 6:36 am

    Yes. I had two. I remember someone remembering this and recounting a story about it saying ‘I hope you won’t be embarrassed about this’. Why would I be embarrassed? I was preparing for my future life as a pioneer.

  • 85 Lisa // May 9, 2011 at 6:38 am

    No. I have never worn a bonnet, but I did love Little House when I was a girl. I even gifted my niece with the box set of Little House books when she was nine and she read all of them in a month! Sharing the love!

  • 86 Lara // May 9, 2011 at 6:40 am

    Halloween Costume – at least three years in a row. I can’t wait to start reading LHOP to my kids!

  • 87 Gina Power // May 9, 2011 at 6:41 am

    I haven’t worn a bonnet but I made pioneer outfits for my two girls for hallowe’en…does that count??

  • 88 Melissa // May 9, 2011 at 6:47 am

    No bonnet, thankfully.

  • 89 Laura // May 9, 2011 at 6:48 am

    Because we share the same first name, I loved dressing up in a pioneer costume for Halloween!

  • 90 Seanna Lea // May 9, 2011 at 6:49 am

    I never read the Little House books (or worn a bonnet that I recall). I however did read all of the Anne of Green Gables books and all of the Little Women books I could get my hands on.

  • 91 Kristen // May 9, 2011 at 6:51 am

    A number of childhood pics will attest to my mother’s obsession with bonnets, usually in the most typical 70s “hip” patterned material there was. More recently I received one as a gift from a student when I was reading the Little House as a class read aloud. I wore it every day while reading aloud and, embarrassingly enough, it often hung down my back as we rushed to parent pick-up…eeek!

  • 92 melanie // May 9, 2011 at 6:52 am

    To the best of my memory I have only worn a paper bonnet that I made in 5th grade for our class play about Thanksgiving..

  • 93 Alison // May 9, 2011 at 6:57 am

    I’m sure we owned a bonnet and that I wore it at some point (costume or dress-up). I read Little House but so long ago that I don’t remember it much. Never read Green Gables, oddly enough.

  • 94 Jen // May 9, 2011 at 6:57 am

    Once. I went to kindergarten in a one room school house, the last year it was being used, and we had an aniversary party where we wore old time clothing. I got to wear a bonnet. It was over 30 years ago though.

  • 95 Jane // May 9, 2011 at 6:58 am

    Yes, I had to wear a bonnet for Halloween one year. My mom dressed me up as Mary (as in the one that had the little lamb) and had my little brother dressed up as Little Boy Blue. That made for some cute pictures!

  • 96 Katrina // May 9, 2011 at 6:58 am

    I love love loved the Little House books. I’ve never worn a bonnet, but….there’s a first time for everything!

  • 97 andrea // May 9, 2011 at 7:00 am

    one of my fondest childhood memories is my mother reading these books to me before bed. I think we read them all more than once.

    I have a vague recollection of going to a pioneer day-type thing one summer where I wore a bonnet and made a clothespin doll. :)

  • 98 karen b // May 9, 2011 at 7:08 am

    I don’t remember if I’ve ever worn a bonnet! But honestly, I probably did — my mom went through phases of sewing stuff like that, and that sounds like a theme we would have visited more than once. Oh, Little House — I read ‘em all and my eight-year-old daughter loves them, too.

  • 99 Holly C // May 9, 2011 at 7:09 am

    yes, I’ve worn it as part of a halloween costume one year when i was a kid

  • 100 Maria D // May 9, 2011 at 7:10 am

    No bonnet for me. But I really wanted to make those maple syrup snow candies from the first book when I was a kid . . .

  • 101 Cynthia // May 9, 2011 at 7:12 am

    Ooh, I LOVE the Little House on the Prairie books. I wore a bonnet when I was around 14 I think. I went on a pioneer trek for a few days with a church group.

  • 102 Jen // May 9, 2011 at 7:13 am

    No, I don’t think I’ve worn a bonnet out of infancy but my cousins and I were mental for little house and we played pretend little house all the time when we got together for holidays when we we kids.

  • 103 Anna // May 9, 2011 at 7:14 am

    no bonnets for me!

  • 104 jennie // May 9, 2011 at 7:16 am

    no bonnet wearing that i can remember, which is sad. watching ‘meek’s cutoff’ last week got me pretty excited about bonnets, too.

  • 105 Rebecca // May 9, 2011 at 7:16 am

    I’ve never worn a bonnet, but I love the Little House books. As a kid I was fascinated by the descriptions of food in the books. They’re still the details I remember best.

  • 106 Susan // May 9, 2011 at 7:24 am

    I have worn a bonnet in a play, and I will admit, although sadly there are no photos.

  • 107 Jenny // May 9, 2011 at 7:25 am

    No, but I always wanted one for a Little House costume while growing up.

  • 108 Lindsey // May 9, 2011 at 7:25 am

    I wore a bonnet as Little Bow Peep for Halloween. I loved Little House on the Prairie and dreamed of living in a covered wagon.

  • 109 Kimberly // May 9, 2011 at 7:25 am

    I don’t think I’ve ever worn a bonnet but I did love the Little House books when I was little. And when PBS did their Frontier House reality show, I so much wanted to join in!

  • 110 Beth // May 9, 2011 at 7:32 am

    Yes, I have worn a bonnet! And this book has been on my wish list since it was on pre-order. I love the Little House series

  • 111 Laurie R. // May 9, 2011 at 7:33 am

    I received my first Little House books when I was in the hospital after having my appendix removed. Once I started reading the books, I was hooked! They offer so many insights into the world of my great-great grandparents.
    Incidentally bonnet wearing is alive and well here in Utah. Every July 24th women and girls wear bonnets to the Pioneer Day parade. I think I wore one when I was little and I know I wore plenty of paper bonnets made when I was little.

  • 112 Jess // May 9, 2011 at 7:34 am

    I like to imagine trying to explain various technological innovations to someone from the no so distant past who would have no clue what these things are or why we would need them. For me, for some reason, this person is always Laura Ingalls Wilder. I wonder what would Laura think of the iPhone, the washing machine, the ice-dispensing refrigerator, the roomba. Try it, it’s fun.

  • 113 Katharine // May 9, 2011 at 7:38 am

    I have never worn a bonnet. I am obsessed with Laura though and I’d like to point out that she herself had trouble keeping her sunbonnet on (despite repeated nagging from her mother).

  • 114 jenagain // May 9, 2011 at 7:38 am

    I was the Sun-Maid Raisin girl for Halloween!

  • 115 Michelle // May 9, 2011 at 7:39 am

    sadly yes, as a child my mom thought it was great as photo’s. my mom would also freak out for this book. i’m hoping to win it for her!

  • 116 jenagain // May 9, 2011 at 7:39 am

    I was the Sun-Maid Raisin girl for Halloween! http://www.flickr.com/photos/27961187@N07/5703718108/

  • 117 Jenn Bo // May 9, 2011 at 7:40 am

    Thank you for telling me about this blog. I loved the little house series. I bet I read each book at least 10 times growing up. I also dressed as Laura for more than one Halloween. =)

  • 118 Rachel Noel // May 9, 2011 at 7:41 am

    I haven’t, but I do have a headband that looks just like the ones Mary and Laura had!

  • 119 marielle // May 9, 2011 at 7:41 am

    When I was little, my dad and I left the country and I was only able to bring what I could carry with me. The first book in the Little House series was among my possessions, and I read and re-read it hundreds of times. No memory of ever wearing a bonnet though, but I did have a few long dresses inspired by the Little House look.

  • 120 Jenny K. // May 9, 2011 at 7:42 am

    My mom read all the Little House books with me when I was little. I also dressed up as Laura Ingalls (bonnet and all) whenever we played dress-up.

  • 121 Maggie // May 9, 2011 at 7:46 am

    Living in Minnesota, a mere 3-hour drive from Walnut Grove, I’ve definitely worn a bonnet. I have all of the original books, watched the whole series, and still do when it’s on Hallmark.
    When we had Pioneer Day in second grade, everyone made their own log cabin dioramas, all the boys wore paper-bag coon-skin caps, and all the girls wore bonnets. I think my bonnet made another appearance the Halloween I was Caddie Woodlawn. I definitely made a bonnet for my Cabbage Patch girl, too, for when my sister and I pretended we were Mary and Laura. :D

  • 122 Holly // May 9, 2011 at 7:48 am

    Never have I ever! But I would love to transport myself back to pioneer times and put one on.

  • 123 Courtney // May 9, 2011 at 7:52 am

    Yes! I had a Holly Hobby bonnet that I would wear when I was little…it came in especially handy when Little House was on and I wanted to pretend to be Laura. I think I still have it old doll clothes my mom saved from my childhood.

  • 124 mrscharlemagne // May 9, 2011 at 7:52 am

    I don’t remember having a bonnet, but I Loved the Little House books. I wished that I had lived in her time so I could have seen the big trees. Minnesota seemed so tame when I was a child in comparison.

  • 125 molly // May 9, 2011 at 7:53 am

    No bonnet, but I love Little House!

  • 126 stacey // May 9, 2011 at 7:58 am

    Yup, wore a bonnet for approximately eight seconds as an infant. I did not like hats, at ALL, and still don’t. So we have a series of pictures of the bonnet on my head, I freak out, and then I’m yanking it off.

  • 127 ashley // May 9, 2011 at 7:59 am

    I’m pretty sure I’ve worn a bonnet, probably when I was younger. The things parents make their kids do…

  • 128 Maltese parakeet // May 9, 2011 at 8:00 am

    I loved the little house books! They were my favorites. Plus they filmed the tv series in my home town. And, yes, I have worn a bonnet. :(

  • 129 Courtney // May 9, 2011 at 8:02 am

    i don’t think i have ever worn a bonnet…. unless my mom put me in one as a baby!!!

  • 130 cecilia // May 9, 2011 at 8:02 am

    I loved Little House on the Prairie growing up so much that my mom made me a “prairie girl” outfit complete with a bonnet. I found every imaginable excuse to wear that out in public.

  • 131 Average Jane // May 9, 2011 at 8:06 am

    Happy 10th anniversary.

    Yes, I had a sunbonnet that I *loved* when I was a kid. I’m sure my parents bought it for me at Silver Dollar City in the Ozarks, which is where we spent almost every summer vacation.

    One day I lost my bonnet and I still remember how disappointed I was. I got a new one, but it just wasn’t the same.

  • 132 Nicole C. // May 9, 2011 at 8:06 am

    Yes, my mother used to always put me in bonnets when I was a baby!

  • 133 mo // May 9, 2011 at 8:06 am

    no bonnet, but i always wanted one.

  • 134 Madelyn // May 9, 2011 at 8:07 am

    I have worn a bonnet! When I was 15, I worked at an ice cream shoppe called Selma’s, and green lace trimmed bonnets were part of our daily uniform.

  • 135 H // May 9, 2011 at 8:08 am

    Never worn a bonnet, but my mother got me a doll like the one described in Little House in the Big Woods – I loved the books.

  • 136 Meghan // May 9, 2011 at 8:11 am

    I took a class at the natural history museum as a child that had us imagine we were traveling the Oregon Trail. Girls sewed bonnets and sit-upons while the boys did manly things like erect our tent and care for pretend horses. Pretty sure I still have that bonnet somewhere!

  • 137 joanne // May 9, 2011 at 8:12 am

    I’ve never worn a proper “bonnet”, but did need to weat the little dust-mop cap… life what the Ingalls girls wore to sleep…. shower-cap-like thing for a bicentennial play in 1976 .

  • 138 nzle // May 9, 2011 at 8:12 am

    Yes I have! There was a traditional “one-room schoolhouse” that we visited in second grade — we were encouraged to make our own bonnets to wear on that day for historical accuracy.

  • 139 Mary // May 9, 2011 at 8:13 am

    Yes, I have worn a bonnet, but not in public. I have worn calico dresses, though, and still would if I could get away with it.

  • 140 Morgan // May 9, 2011 at 8:13 am

    I have happily never had to wear a bonnet.

  • 141 Daniella // May 9, 2011 at 8:13 am

    Yes! when I was younger my brother, sister and I made a little covered wagon that we rode in a parade! It was pulled by a german sheppard!

  • 142 Katherine // May 9, 2011 at 8:15 am

    I remember several Easters as a little girl wearing a bonnet.

  • 143 Sarah // May 9, 2011 at 8:15 am

    I love the Little House books. I grew up with them. My mom started reading them to me. I have worn a bonnet. Every 4th grade class goes to this old fashioned school house and you can dress up if you want. So my mom made a dress complete with bonnet.

  • 144 Joyce // May 9, 2011 at 8:16 am

    I loved Little House on the Prairie when I was growing up, but I don’t think I’ve ever worn a bonnet.

  • 145 sarah // May 9, 2011 at 8:17 am

    Worn a bonnet, heck, we made bonnet’s out of construction paper in school (and then possibly at home. . . .) I LOVED Laura Ingalls. I grew up in Alaska and wanted to make the maple candy in the snow, though I have to say the pig bladder ball was less enticing. . .

  • 146 Kay // May 9, 2011 at 8:18 am

    There’s a serious lack of available bonnets on the Canadian West Coast. Holly Hobby wore a bonnet for me, though and I loved the Little House books and show! And I played the Oregon Trail computer game but my oxen always died fording the river…

  • 147 Elsa // May 9, 2011 at 8:18 am

    Yeeeeeeesssssss, now that you mention it, I did wear a bonnet… but it’s so far back in the hazy recesses of childhood that I can’t remember where or when or why.

    I do remember that there were two of them, a big blue one and a littler orange one, both dotted with flowers, both smelling not unpleasantly musty, as if they’d been in a dress-up trunk a long time.

  • 148 Allison Page // May 9, 2011 at 8:19 am

    Yes, I have worn a bonnet. It was for Pioneer Days at my elementary school, and I must have been in the 2nd or 3rd grade. Also, with the bonnet wearing came a “Laura Ingalls” type dress. I have NO IDEA where these items came from, as I don’t remember ever seeing them again, although, maybe I’ve blocked out some memory….

  • 149 MissPinkKate // May 9, 2011 at 8:20 am

    Alas, I have not worn a bonnet! It would probably be nice and cool for summer, though, and would solve my problem with straw hats- that they keep blowing off my head!

  • 150 Alysia // May 9, 2011 at 8:23 am

    Yes, when doing a school report on Laura Ingalls Wilder, I had to dress up like her, bonnet and all.

    There would have been much more pointing and laughing if all of the other kids in the class weren’t also dressed as their respective report figures.

  • 151 Robin // May 9, 2011 at 8:23 am

    I have! I had an Easter bonnet when I was little!

  • 152 Bloomer // May 9, 2011 at 8:24 am

    I am positive I wore a bonnet a number of times….thanks for bringing it up :$

  • 153 Olga // May 9, 2011 at 8:28 am

    I loved the Little House series, as well as Anne of Green Gables. :)
    I remember fashioning a bonnet for a grade school pioneer day, and I proudly wore it all day. Our school did all sorts of pioneer activity. Ahh the good old days!

  • 154 Susannah // May 9, 2011 at 8:31 am

    I… think so? (Knowing how my mother loved “prairie” — lookin’ stuff, my suspicions point to yes.)

  • 155 Marla Goodman // May 9, 2011 at 8:31 am

    I’m reading it right now and I love it. We were ALL addicted to those books… right? I’m planning to give it as a gift to all my friends.

    (I think an undiscussed history of MAD magazine and Little House books is probably the thread that binds my circle of friends together)

    Wendy McClure is a great writer, as I already knew, after discovering her blog about WeightWatchers recipe cards years ago. (Apparently that’s now a book: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/131466.The_Amazing_Mackerel_Pudding_Plan )

    I would compare her to Sarah Vowell, but it sucks to be compared to other people, especially your contemporaries, so I’ll just say: Wendy McClure is going to be a very well-known name one of these days.

  • 156 Janet // May 9, 2011 at 8:32 am

    I think I wore a bonnet for a play in grade school, but everybody did so I didn’t get teased. Thanks for doing this raffle!

  • 157 Andrea // May 9, 2011 at 8:34 am

    Even with my serious devotion to all things Little House and Holly Hobbie, I’ve never worn a bonnet.

  • 158 Lynn // May 9, 2011 at 8:34 am

    I love Little House! I still have all the books and read them every other summer, at the age of 37! My mother made me a calico dress and matching bonnet that she still has!

  • 159 Lenna // May 9, 2011 at 8:36 am

    I don’t think I’ve ever worn a bonnet. But, I too, love the Laura Ingalls Wilder books! Many, many years ago, our 4th grade teacher taught the entire class how to knit, so then she would read to us while we knitted. I bought the Laura Ingalls Wilder set of books and have my granddaughters take turns reading the whole set. I loved her books as a kid, and still love them as an adult. I hope to be picked for this great giveaway!

  • 160 kim_n21 // May 9, 2011 at 8:36 am

    I have, in fact, worn a bonnet. The year I was 10, the theme at Girl Scout Day Camp was Pioneer Days and we made bonnets to wear that week. I remember being very excited for that year’s theme because I’d read the Little House books approximately 1,684 times by then.

  • 161 Wendy Stengel // May 9, 2011 at 8:37 am

    I have, in fact, worn a bonnet. Many, many, many times. I was in the Oregon Trail Pageant several summers in a row, so I’ve worn a bonnet with a long sleeve high collar shirt, with a shawl, with a skirt, with a petticoat, with bloomers, with stockings, with boots — outside in 100 degree weather. Huddled around a “campfire.”

    We’re hard core in Oregon.

  • 162 Gemma // May 9, 2011 at 8:39 am

    I love all the Little House books! Wow, I really, really wanted to live during those pioneer times and yes, I did wear a bonnet! I will admit, though, that a few years ago my mother gave my daughter and I matching sunbonnets and I just can’t pull it off at age 42… sorry Mom!

  • 163 Lia // May 9, 2011 at 8:40 am

    oh boy, have i ever worn a bonnet!? i sure have. i love little house, laura and the gang, and just finished the slightly weird ‘confessions of a prairie bitch’ written by little house’s nelly olsen! i also have a diorama club, named the laura ingalls wilder diorama club jubilee–each month we chose a theme for our dioramas, get together, eat talk and plan for the next diorama fun! and i just tried to interlibrary loan ‘the wilder life’ but it’s too new and they wanted me to wait a while since they expect many holds, so it would be awesome to win!

  • 164 Kristin H // May 9, 2011 at 8:41 am

    I had a green bonnet as a small child that I loved. I wore it all the time, even when it was less than appropriate. Somewhere my parents have a picture of me getting ready to go on a run with my dad wearing the bright green bonnet!

  • 165 Tracy // May 9, 2011 at 8:43 am

    Yes I believe I have worn a bonnet. I loved both the Little house books and the tv show when I was a child. I have a faint memory of a Laura like bonnet as part of our dress up outfits. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • 166 melissa // May 9, 2011 at 8:43 am

    i’ve only worn a bonnet for easter as a very young child. i think my bonnet days are over!

  • 167 Kimmie S // May 9, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Yes, I have wore a bonnet and was obssessed with Little house on the prairie!

  • 168 Syd // May 9, 2011 at 8:47 am

    I think I may have worn a bonnet, once, when I was 2 years old. I seem to recall a photo, but it may be a false memory.

    I did have to wear a head covering when I played Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof, but that’s not quite the same, is it.

  • 169 Jacquelyn // May 9, 2011 at 8:48 am

    I am so excited about this book! My version of playing house as a child was always “olden-days” Laura Ingalls Wilder-style, often making camp from our imaginary wagon. Sadly, I didn’t have a bonnet, which is something I will rectify for my as-yet-unborn daughters!

  • 170 jellenp // May 9, 2011 at 8:49 am

    Yes, I’ve worn a bonnet but no, I won’t tell you why. :)

  • 171 Bridget // May 9, 2011 at 8:49 am

    The only reason I know I’ve worn a bonnet is because of baby pictures. I had a cute little strawberrilicious bonnet on my chubby little head.
    As for Little House, you aren’t alone–I’ve never read them either. However, I have met Wendy and she is a wonderful, sunny person which makes me want to read her book all the more.

  • 172 Kat // May 9, 2011 at 8:49 am

    Oh man, I am completely geeking out that there’s a whole book about this! Little Town on the Prairie is one of my top five deserted island books. I’m ordering this on Amazon so hard! (Unless, of course, I’m lucky enough to win this lovely giveaway.)

  • 173 Stephanie // May 9, 2011 at 8:50 am

    I’ve never worn a bonnet, being more of the tomboy persuasion growing up, but man did I love the Little House books! I think I will head to the library soon and see if I can find copies. I used to have the full set, but it has disappeared, sadly.

  • 174 Jessie // May 9, 2011 at 8:50 am

    I have worn a bonnet – as I was Laura Ingalls Wilder for Halloween many years in a row as a kid!

  • 175 starla // May 9, 2011 at 8:51 am

    I remember at around ten I loved Holly Hobby and wanted a bonnet just like hers. Sadly to say I never got it.

  • 176 Karen // May 9, 2011 at 8:51 am

    I wore a bonnet when I dressed as Betsy Ross for Halloween, and an imaginary bonnet whenever I read and re-read the Little House books!

  • 177 klkrapp // May 9, 2011 at 8:51 am

    I just got the whole set out from the library to reread – always gets me excited for summer & canning season and being old school in general

  • 178 Kate // May 9, 2011 at 8:51 am

    Never wore a bonnet (unless a baby bonnet counts!) but I LOVED Little House books and the show!

  • 179 Eliza // May 9, 2011 at 8:52 am

    I think I was about ten, and my family was visiting Lake Pepin–the birthplace of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Sun bonnets were part of the uniforms of the day!

  • 180 Benee // May 9, 2011 at 8:53 am

    When I was a child I wore a bonnet for a pioneer reinactment for my then church. Actually one of my grade school pictures my hair and dress look like I’m straight out of LHOTP!!

  • 181 Tamiko // May 9, 2011 at 8:53 am

    Maybe a paper Pilgrims one that I made for kindergarten? (And happy blog-a-versary! My blog is just turning 1 this month.)

  • 182 Sandra // May 9, 2011 at 8:53 am

    A big fan of the Little House books, once tried making some of the recipes from the Little House Cookbook. It did not end well.

  • 183 Erin // May 9, 2011 at 8:56 am

    Yes, a bonnet with an oversized bill that gave me tunnel vision of the world. I wore it during a class play and had terrible stage fright, so the tunnel vision was actually quite reassuring.

  • 184 Rachel W. // May 9, 2011 at 8:56 am

    Yes, for the 150th anniversary of the founding of my home town in NC. My grandmother made an entire outfit.

    I also made them (by request) for my daughter and her friend when they were reading “Little House.”

  • 185 Elise // May 9, 2011 at 8:57 am

    I’m sure I wore a bonnet at some point, but I don’t have a clear memories of doing so.

    I’m really looking forward to reading this book. I’m going to go to book signing for it next week and I’m such there will be lots of little house geekery.

  • 186 jessica // May 9, 2011 at 8:59 am

    alas, i’ve never worn a bonnet, but i really, really loved all the “little house” books. i wanted a pitbull and to ride in the wagon across the endless prairies for years!

  • 187 Denae // May 9, 2011 at 9:00 am

    Yes, I wore a bonnet as child, while riding in our town’s Centennial celebration. My aunt made the bonnets for my two cousins and I. And I have always been a huge Little House fan!

  • 188 RLJ // May 9, 2011 at 9:02 am

    No bonnet wearing in my past, but I love the Little House books and have since I was a child.

  • 189 Heather // May 9, 2011 at 9:06 am

    I’ve been meaning to go back and re-read the whole Little House series, it has been so long!

    I have worn a bonnet a number of times as a kid. I liked dressing up, and for some reason we had a few bonnets in the house. My favorite one was a Raisin Girl bonnet. The fabric was printed with little boxes of the raisins.

    They had to be good for keeping the sun off your face, maybe I should wear one when I run!

  • 190 Anne Voss // May 9, 2011 at 9:06 am

    Yes, I have worn a bonnet…as a substitute teacher,(at my children’s middle school ) I took part in a week long re-enactment of “pioneer life” while filling in for the history teacher. I actually had a pattern and made both the bonnet and dress,in the fashion of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Do read the books,you won’t regret it!

  • 191 Cynthia // May 9, 2011 at 9:07 am

    No bonnets here!

  • 192 Carrie // May 9, 2011 at 9:09 am

    I have worn a bonnet! I was a flower girl in my Aunt’s wedding & I pretended to be Laura Ingalls the whole time. So excited for this book! I love Laura & will always hold the books dear to my heart. I’ve visited Laura’s home in Mansfield, MO & I was like a little kid! So fun to see where she spent most of her life & see all her things- just as she and Almanzo left them.

  • 193 Andrea // May 9, 2011 at 9:09 am

    I don’t think I’ve ever actually worn a bonnet, but I always wanted one in my Little House-obsession phase.

  • 194 M // May 9, 2011 at 9:10 am

    I don’t think I’ve worn a bonnet – but maybe, sometime in the misty early years of childhood?

  • 195 Meg // May 9, 2011 at 9:11 am

    Yes, because I loved Little House and my mother made one for me – it belongs to my daughter now! would LOVE this book!

  • 196 Rebecca R. // May 9, 2011 at 9:12 am

    I was a bald little baby in the seventies, there’s a picture of me rockin’ the bonnet around here somewhere.

  • 197 Julie // May 9, 2011 at 9:13 am

    Oh LIW, how I love you so! I’ve worn at least two bonnets in my lifetime, both of which were lovingly crafted by my mother for Halloween cotumes (a Little House devotee in her own right). As for LIW’s incomparable books, the easiest part was becoming immersed in her story; the hardest part was keeping my pesky little sister from “borrowing” my paperbacks. She’d take them to bed to read, and then proceed to roll over onto them, bending their covers. Lucky for me she wasn’t a drooler….

  • 198 Lori // May 9, 2011 at 9:13 am

    I’ve been a reader since almost the very beginning, and wow, has it been 10 years. I’ve never worn a bonnet, but I had me a serious Little House fixation for much of my childhood, and I still reread the books from time to time. Happy blog birthday!

  • 199 Sarah // May 9, 2011 at 9:14 am

    I think the only bonnet I’ve ever worn was part of a pilgrim costume in elementary school.

    I think my aunt (who did put bonnets on my cousins!) would love this book!

  • 200 elaine // May 9, 2011 at 9:16 am

    man, i LOVE these books. have been reading them (for the second time) to my girls and really enjoying them all over again.

    never worn a bonnet, i don’t think.

  • 201 Sarah O // May 9, 2011 at 9:16 am

    I have worn a bonnet twice– once for a parade (pioneer day?) and once for playing christmas carols in costume in an antebellum home in GA. Also got to wear a hoop skirt!

  • 202 chrissy // May 9, 2011 at 9:19 am

    Never wore a bonnet, but I so wanted to back when I read the Little House books when I was a kid!

  • 203 Maggie // May 9, 2011 at 9:19 am

    I wore a bonnet once as part of my costume for a History Day presentation about the Salem Witchcraft Trials.

  • 204 Maritza // May 9, 2011 at 9:21 am

    I’ve never worn a bonnet as far as I remember, but I did kinda want to be Laura (at least for a day)… I’ve been looking forward to reading this book this summer and reliving my childhood Little House-reading days!

  • 205 LizaP // May 9, 2011 at 9:22 am

    I wore a bonnet when I dressed up like Laura Ingalls for Halloween!

    Thanks so much for hosting this giveaway.

  • 206 Bibliogrrl // May 9, 2011 at 9:22 am

    I probably have worn a bonnet. All I know is that as a grown up adult, I would like to have one for everyday wear.

  • 207 Jennifer // May 9, 2011 at 9:23 am

    Never wore a bonnet, but God, how I loved those books.

  • 208 Ali // May 9, 2011 at 9:26 am

    I haven’t worn a bonnet, but I loved the Little House books as a kid!

  • 209 Jennifer // May 9, 2011 at 9:29 am

    I read all the books and later, when the TV show was on, I would wear a bonnet while watching. It drove me crazy that you could see the mother’s bra straps. I really wanted the show to provide period authenticity.
    Luckily, I never wore the bonnet to school.

  • 210 Jessica // May 9, 2011 at 9:29 am

    No bonnets for me. Do Annie perms count? They might be equal on the embarrassment scale – but at least you can take off the bonnet! Ahhhh awkward youth.

  • 211 sabrina // May 9, 2011 at 9:37 am

    I once wore a bonnet to school, a shapeless lavender thing that made me look Amish. It was for an English project, though, so I only had to wear it for a few minutes. Otherwise I might have died of shame.

  • 212 Tori // May 9, 2011 at 9:37 am

    I wore a bonnet for a city festival when I was six. My poor four-year-old brother had to wear a loincloth. I got off easy.

  • 213 Kenzie // May 9, 2011 at 9:38 am

    I believe I wore a bonnet in infancy, but not since.

  • 214 Con Martin // May 9, 2011 at 9:43 am

    I had a bonnet for a childhood Halloween costume for Dorothy Gale. We used it for dress up for years after that.

  • 215 cornelia lambert // May 9, 2011 at 9:45 am

    When I was little we had a bonnet to wear while playing “Little House” of course!

  • 216 amanda // May 9, 2011 at 9:46 am

    i just added this to my wishlist last night! and no, i don’t think i’ve ever worn a bonnet.

  • 217 Kara // May 9, 2011 at 9:46 am

    I have never worn a bonnet, but I do ADORE the Little House books. I so wanted to live in the big woods when I was a child.

  • 218 Jana // May 9, 2011 at 9:47 am

    Yes–my grandmother made me a Holly Hobbie outfit c. 1976 with a long dress, apron, and the ubiquitous bonnet. I wore the bonnet long after I had outgrown the dress–loved pretending that I was Laura! I was also quite Little House-obsessed as a girl and read all the books numerous times–especially The Long Winter, which I still use as comparison and for perspective anytime I think we’re “roughing” it or dealing with tough conditions, etc. Now I am enjoying passing along my love of all things Wilder to my own kids!

  • 219 hikerlola // May 9, 2011 at 9:47 am

    I’m pretty sure I wore a bonnet back when I was a kid for school projects involving settlers and pioneering type history. I’ve tried to block a lot of that out though…

  • 220 Val Ann C // May 9, 2011 at 9:51 am

    I never wore a bonnet. But my Mom gave me an adorable red calico bonnet for my doll clothes wardrobe. I still have that bonnet. I hang it on my Christmas tree.

  • 221 Jane // May 9, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Yes, I wore a knit bonnet that my mom made me when I was young. It was so big, that it also fit adults. I am definitely a Little House fan! Grew up in MN, and even went to college in Mankato.

  • 222 Carrie // May 9, 2011 at 9:57 am

    Yes. I dressed up as Holly Hobbie for Halloween when I was in kindergarten, complete with bonnet.

  • 223 Kerry // May 9, 2011 at 10:03 am

    I’ve never worn a bonnet, but I do love me some Little House on the Prairie. I’ve been dying to read this book!

  • 224 Dani // May 9, 2011 at 10:03 am

    I still have my baby bonnet! I am sure my mom made it; it’s her style. It’s white with a red strawberry pattern, and red trim. And it’s an actual, literal bonnet, which still trips me out. Like, was I born in the 1970s or the 1870s?

  • 225 Anna // May 9, 2011 at 10:07 am

    Cool! I just heard about this and put it on my “to read” list.

    I have worn a bonnet! My mom, in her back-to-the-land phase, sewed a pair of ‘em for my sisters, which were subsequently handed down the line. We used to wear them when playing Little House, natch. Red gingham.

  • 226 Laura J // May 9, 2011 at 10:12 am

    I’ve never worn a bonnet

  • 227 Kat // May 9, 2011 at 10:17 am

    I used to want a bonnet, when Holly Hobbie was decorating my room. :)

  • 228 Alex // May 9, 2011 at 10:17 am

    I have never worn a bonnet. But I grew up on a farm in Kansas, and when I was very small, my father read the Laura books to me every night at bedtime. Years later he and I went on a road trip around the Midwest and we drove way out of our way to stop in De Smet.

  • 229 Allie // May 9, 2011 at 10:18 am

    I’m from Iowa and I loved Living History Farms so much. So yes, I’ve worn a bonnet. Repeatedly.

  • 230 Karen // May 9, 2011 at 10:19 am

    One Easter all the neighborhood kids got together and made “bonnets” – mine was some kind of upside-down basket with ribbons and plastic flowers glued on. Not Laura’s prairie-style exactly but I think she would have liked it.

  • 231 Anna // May 9, 2011 at 10:20 am

    Oh god, I have worn a bonnet – and there are pictures to boot. My mother was trying to get me and my sister all matchy matchy for a trip to Cedar Point and made both of us seersucker bonnets to match our homemade outfits. I have no regrets!

  • 232 Shannon // May 9, 2011 at 10:22 am

    When your last name is Wilder, you have to love LHOTP! By the time the TV show debuted when I was 8, I’d already read several of the books. I soon got the box set, which I still have, and I proudly sported a yellow calico dress and matching bonnet my aunt made for me at the height of my passion. I should add that I positively scoured my grandfather’s Wilder Family History book to see if I could possibly be related to Almanzo – sadly, I’m not. But I have read several biographies of Laura since, and would love to have this book as well.

  • 233 Guin // May 9, 2011 at 10:23 am

    Yes, I totally did! I was obsessed with the Little House books. I had the whole set and read them until they literally fell apart. Still love them just as much!

  • 234 Cherish // May 9, 2011 at 10:23 am

    My mom has several photos of me wearing a bonnet as a baby. I think she thought they were cute but also they do really block the sun pretty well! I’ve not worn one since then, though. I love the Little House books but not so much with the tv show.

  • 235 Sarah // May 9, 2011 at 10:27 am

    I read every one of those books umpteen times. I remember two bonnets that I had, one in white eyelet that matched an apron, and one in patchwork print seersucker! Hey, it was the 70′s!

  • 236 kristen // May 9, 2011 at 10:29 am

    i’ve never worn a bonnet, but i love the little house on the prairie books

  • 237 Lynne // May 9, 2011 at 10:30 am

    I read all of the LH series as a kid! and I did wear a bonnet, to my baptism, as an infant. Cold Water + Tears+ Screaming = Pretty Baby Bonnet Photo.

  • 238 Laura // May 9, 2011 at 10:35 am

    No … but I was named after Laura Ingalls Wilder, which is kind of awesome in my opinion!

  • 239 Jennifer // May 9, 2011 at 10:36 am

    I have never worn one, although I did have a pioneer dress that my great-grandmother made.

  • 240 Jennifer Caleshu // May 9, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Nope, no bonnet, but completely a Little House (and Wendy McClure!) fanatic!

  • 241 Sandy // May 9, 2011 at 10:41 am

    I can’t wait for my kids to be old enough to start this series. I have never worn a bonnet but my 10-month old does.

  • 242 jessica // May 9, 2011 at 10:42 am

    For sure I wore a bonnet. I grew up in southern Iowa and was raised on Laura, Mary, and Carrie. The question in our house now is: will my daughter wear a bonnet? I hope so!

  • 243 Katie // May 9, 2011 at 10:46 am

    No, I always wanted to!

  • 244 Jenn // May 9, 2011 at 10:46 am

    As one who had the Wilder obsession as a child, I totally rocked the bonnet. I wonder whatever happened to it?

  • 245 Stephanie M. // May 9, 2011 at 10:56 am

    No bonnets for me, but this was my mom’s favorite series while she was growing up.

  • 246 koroshiya // May 9, 2011 at 10:57 am

    no bonnets that i can remember – but i did love me some little house when i was a kid.

  • 247 Ella // May 9, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Sometimes my mom would put a bonnet on me when I was a bald little baby!

    I read all the Wilder books as a kid, and also had the companion cookbook. I was just thinking about the series because of a not so successful baking experiment. I made some rhubarb muffins that were too tart, and it reminded me of the story about Laura baking a rhubarb pie with no sugar.

  • 248 The Outlaw Mom // May 9, 2011 at 11:00 am

    Oh my goodness, reading the Laura Ingalls Wilder books over and over again every single night before bed with my mom and little brother is one of my favorite and most lasting memories from childhood – did not know of this book – would love to read it (and win it)!

    Nope, never worn a bonnet, but I’ve had a bee in mine a time or two :-)

  • 249 kelly // May 9, 2011 at 11:07 am

    Never wore a bonnet, but my sister and I played Little House as kids in our backyard (my dad built us a little log cabin playhouse!!!) I had to be Mary because I was the oldest, but I always wanted to be Laura.

  • 250 Beth C. // May 9, 2011 at 11:12 am

    I don’t think so, but all my family’s photos were lost in a fire several years ago so if I did – there is no evidence!

  • 251 Edamommy // May 9, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Hmm – well, I lived in OKC for about 5 years – actually did wear a bonnet at a kid’s museum thing but that was the only time. ^_- On the other hand, my folks have a pic of me with them in Dutch costumes from right before we left the Netherlands. I do forget what you call those little lace hats – I wonder if that counts?!

  • 252 LeslieG // May 9, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Not only did my sister and I feel compelled to run breezily up and down any hill we happened upon (a la the opening of the Little House TV show), I’ve also proudly worn a bonnet. In my early museum days, I worked at a historic house where we did pioneer craft demonstrations in historical clothing. I think my love of history museums had a lot to do with Ms. Ingalls books.

  • 253 elena // May 9, 2011 at 11:23 am

    I have worn a bonnet….but it was for a costume. :-)

  • 254 Miriam // May 9, 2011 at 11:27 am

    I love love love little house on the prairie, when I was little people would tell me I looked like her because of all my freckles (at least the TV version). I do remember being about 10 years old and having to wear a bonnet and some campfire thing in some national park somewhere. I didn’t think it was a good idea. Somehow I have avoided it the rest of my life.

  • 255 Jessica H // May 9, 2011 at 11:32 am

    I have worn a bonnet quite often in elementary school – a deep rusty rose with petite white flower freckles. It had a big floppy “brim” trimmed in a small bit of lace. And that’s just the one I remember – there are many pictures of my rolly infant self clad in a variety of bonnets.
    Clearly I was not part of the “cool” crowd. Not that I minded much, because it gave me ample time to read Little House on the Prairie et.al (and Anne of Green Gables, Lord of the Rings, and the Chronicles of Narnia).

  • 256 Marie Braden // May 9, 2011 at 11:33 am

    Actually, I did wear a bonnet, memorialized in the local paper, as part of my BiCentennial costume.

  • 257 Nancy Jones // May 9, 2011 at 11:34 am

    Love Laura Ingalls Wilder, but I’ve never worn a bonnet. I think I’ll make one for my 8-year-old daughter though, because she loves LIW too and she’s going to a “frontier girl” summer day camp in June. :-)

  • 258 Janelle // May 9, 2011 at 11:37 am

    As many times as I’ve read the Little House books, (my boxed set is well-loved, to say the least,) I don’t recollect ever wearing a bonnet! I remember making my little sister wear one, though…

  • 259 camelama // May 9, 2011 at 11:39 am

    Yes, I’ve worn a bonnet! I loved dressing up when young, but also I did lots of work for historical sites while growing up. I loved churning butter while tourists gawked and asked questions. Carding was another fun task to do while being “on display”. :)

  • 260 Jen // May 9, 2011 at 11:39 am

    Yes! And I can totally picture it–green and white gingham with matching dress. Unfortunately, it blew off my head once when we driving in my father’s Morgan with the top down. But I can still see it, in all its rick-rack-trimmed glory.

    Oh–I really hope I win this book. I was OBSESSED with Little House on the Prairie.

  • 261 Chris C. // May 9, 2011 at 11:42 am

    OMG, I was OBSESSED with the Little House books as a kid. This book looks pretty awesome. I have, indeed, worn a bonnet — my elementary school did pioneer days every year, which involved dressing up in era-appropriate garb, making soap, churning butter, and so on. It was my Laura Ingalls Wilder-obsessed self’s version of heaven :-)

  • 262 mavis // May 9, 2011 at 11:42 am

    I read these until they had to be thrown out when I was a (bonnettless) kid and now am reading a new set to my 4 year old daughter. We have matching bonnets and “laura boots”…

  • 263 Amanda // May 9, 2011 at 11:48 am

    I loved the Little House books as a child. Owning this book would be wonderful!

  • 264 Sara // May 9, 2011 at 11:49 am

    Love these books! And Pound was one of the first blogs for me, too. :)

  • 265 BeccakBecca // May 9, 2011 at 11:49 am

    Oh yes, I willingly wore a bonnet. I was OBSESSED with the Little House books as a girl and nearly died when I found a bonnet for sale at a local craft fair.

    I have a feeling my mother was much more embarrassed than I was at the time!

  • 266 Erin // May 9, 2011 at 11:51 am

    I actually have worn a bonnet. My grandmother, whom I incidentally bought this book for last week due to the fact that she read the entire Little House series to me countless time while I was growing-up, used to work at a Living History Museum. They wore period costumes and I had a costume of my own made from purple printed calico for when I tagged along with her. I loved wearing the bonnet!

  • 267 Miranda E. // May 9, 2011 at 11:53 am

    I loved the Little House books. I inherited the same set my mom read when she was younger, and they were wonderful.
    A bonnet? Not that I remember, but I bet I had one as a baby!

  • 268 Rebecca // May 9, 2011 at 11:56 am

    Loved the LH books and still wishing Denver was on Wendy’s tour list. Alas. I did have a bonnet! My mom made it for me in 1977–she and Dad were hippies in southern CO in the 60s and 70s. My own prarie mania started later, though, and if I had had a bonnet, I would’ve worn it on my own then.

  • 269 Wendy // May 9, 2011 at 11:58 am

    I wore a bonnet in the fifth grade when I dressed up as Laura Ingalls Wilder for a school project.

    Come on now, this book is meant for me! :)

  • 270 Theresa // May 9, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    As a little girl who grew up in Texas, we had prairie day, and bonnets were required. Thanks!

  • 271 Samantha // May 9, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    I’ve never worn a bonnet, but I loved everything that Laura Ingalls Wilder ever wrote.

  • 272 rachellake // May 9, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    I loved the Little House books! I never wore a bonnet, but had quite a collection of them for my American Girl dolls :)

  • 273 Meghan // May 9, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    I know I dressed up as holly hobby one year, and I’m sure there was a bonnet involved, but I don’t remember it. I know when I was a bit older I loved the little house books and wished I could be Laura, so I’m sure I wished I’d had one!

  • 274 Heather B // May 9, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    I can’t say I have ever worn a bonnet. I bet I did when I was a baby though, not that I’d remember.

  • 275 Holly // May 9, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Despite being a fan of both Laura Ingalls and Holly Hobbie, I do not believe I ever wore a bonnet.

  • 276 SueBE // May 9, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Nope. I’ve never worn a bonnet. But I heard Wendy speak several years ago at a writer’s conference and would love to have a copy of her book!
    –SueBE

  • 277 Christina DV // May 9, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Yes, and it wasn’t horrible. We we’re dressed up as Dicken’s singers at work to do caroling and had the whole ensemble.

  • 278 karen lucrece // May 9, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    not only have i worn a bonnet, i’ve also worn a mob cap, which should earn me some sweet colonial street cred.

    huge fan of ms. mcclure and so looking forward to this book!

  • 279 abby // May 9, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    I’ve only worn a bonnet as part of a theatre costume.

    I loved the Little House books when I was young. I’d love to check this out!

  • 280 Ashton // May 9, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    Luckily, I don’t think I’ve worn a bonnet, but I do LOVE Laura Ingalls. :)

  • 281 melissa // May 9, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    I was in a group of carolers in high school, wore a bonnet. I also wore a bonnet when I played Auntie Em in a production of Wizard of Oz – but I LOVED the Little House books. (When I was little I had a Holly Hobby doll that had 2 bonnets too!)

  • 282 Deborah // May 9, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    I credit the Little House books in making me the reader I am today. I was lucky enough to visit several of the Little Houses last year in a road trip with my mum. And no, I have never worn a bonnet. It’s probably for the best as I’m sure it would just hang down my back just like Laura’s did.

  • 283 Heidi // May 9, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    I have worn a bonnet! My great grandmother made me one when I was about 6. Back then I wanted to be Laura Ingles Wilder like nothing else. When she found out she made me an authentic bonnet just like Laura wore!

  • 284 JJ // May 9, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Nope!

  • 285 Joanna // May 9, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Oh how fun! I think I wore a bonnet when I was dressed as a pioneer one halloween. But other than that, I don’t think my mother would have allowed it :)

  • 286 Laura // May 9, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    yup. I tried one on at a living history place, and thought I looked wonderful. las, my older brother could not stop snorting, and so I was thwarted in my bonnet love.

  • 287 livlaugheat // May 9, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    No bonnet that I can remember and no photographic proof that I wore one as a baby either. Though my sister has worn one and there are the cutest baby photos of her in it!

  • 288 Margaret // May 9, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    Nope, never worn a bonnet, however I did make one for my daughter when she was in elementary school for a play she was in!

  • 289 Alma // May 9, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    never did but always thought about it when i would read little house on the prairie.

  • 290 Jessie // May 9, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    I’ll be 28 on Sunday and am mildly ashamed to admit that my mother kept me well supplied with bonnets until I was twelve. We grew up in the country and I helped with the garden… no neighbors to see and they fit better than any straw hat did on my all-too-tiny head.

  • 291 Karleen // May 9, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    I have never worn a bonnet! But I would like to read this book and daydream about what it would be like :-)

  • 292 Daisy // May 9, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    Yes! I too was a Laura Ingalls Wilder freak. My 1st grade class in rural Kansas had only 12 students (six girls, six boys) and when we had a special one day of pioneer grade school style lessons, my mother made a sunbonnet for every girl in the class to wear– and by coincidence, 6 year old me ended up in a photo in the newspaper wearing it and holding up a slate with 6 + 3 = 9 on it.

  • 293 Henderica // May 9, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    Now we never had those books at home or have I ever worn a bonnet but I loved watching Little House on the prairie on tv growing up, and the endless reruns ;)
    Would love to try one of the books :)

  • 294 jamie // May 9, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    I had ALL the Little House books, and would spend hours outside in my treehouse pretending I was her! And yes, I have worn a bonnet – I was Lil’ Bo Peep one Halloween.

  • 295 Sarah // May 9, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    I have never worn a bonnet. Well, except for a “bonnet” made of a paper plate and a few doilies that a little child made for me.

  • 296 Lindsey // May 9, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    Yes, yes I have worn a bonnet. I grew up in South Dakota, and the confessed bonnet-wearing happened on a school trip to the Ingall’s DeSmet home.

  • 297 bron // May 9, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    No, I’ve never worn a bonnet. I’d like to, though. I did go through a phase of wearing a straw boater when I was around 14…

    Loved reading Little House (which was quite a departure from my own Scottish childhood) and also loved Pound, back when the internet was all new and we had to unwind the cable across the hallway and unplug the phone to connect, so I’d love to get my hands on this book :)

  • 298 Holly // May 9, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Yes, I have worn a bonnet. I had a few in the “dress up” box as a child. Loved the Wilder books and look forward to reading this memoir.

  • 299 Sheri // May 9, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    I have worn a bonnet. For some reason one of the yearly school plays when I was young required us all to be in bonnets so bonnets we all wore.

  • 300 Stephanie Keel // May 9, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Got linked to your blog by Juniper Farms in VA’s site – love it.
    Would love to win The Wilder Side book- At 35 I just read this series with my 9 year old daughter- it has been such a great experience for the both of us. Now we are trying to learn about their crafts and recipes.
    Steph

  • 301 Homa // May 9, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    Just the paper kind for Thanksgiving!
    Can’t wait to read this book!

  • 302 Nana // May 9, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Never wore a bonnet…but admired them on others when we played Pioneers

  • 303 Steph N // May 9, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    A few of my great-grandmother’s sunbonnets made their way into my dress-up chest as a kid, yes.

  • 304 Sara // May 9, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    No bonnets for me, but I LOVED the Little House books as a kid.

  • 305 Heather L // May 9, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    I love Little House! Reading these books to my little girls is such a pleasure. (No, I haven’t worn a bonnet and I don’t make them wear them either.)

  • 306 Elena // May 9, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    I think I had a bonnet in our dressup clothes at some point so I must have worn one. I had a doll that had a bonnet. And I loved the Little House books–even used them to prove my brother wrong about geography!

  • 307 Rebecca S // May 9, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Yes! I totally rocked a bonnet for my Halloween costume–my mom made my little sister and me Little House outfits, complete with bonnets. I was SUCH a fan. But imagine my consternation when she announced that Rachel would be Laura because she had brown hair. As a blonde, I was given a choice of Mary (a blind trick-or-treater?!) or Nelly (aaaaaahhhhhh! that girl was pure evil). Clearly, the wound has not completely healed. :)

  • 308 mandy gross // May 9, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    I live in Oklahoma and I see people wearing bonnets all the time because the small town we live in has a few amish families. I’ve never personally worn one. I love Sonic! It’s my favorite fast food restaurant!

  • 309 Meredith // May 9, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    YES! I dressed as Laura Ingalls Wilder, bonnet and all, to present my book report in third grade. I still have the bonnet, though I’m not sure my two boys will ever care to try it on.

    :)
    Meredith

  • 310 Marla Smart // May 9, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    I have worn a bonnet before, as part of dress-up fun. :)
    I think I would have been a bad bonnet wearer back in the day!
    And yay for Sonic too!

  • 311 Andie // May 9, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Proudly, I wore a bonnet to a couple different Easter celebrations when I was young. Little House was big back then and I, too, adore Laura Ingalls Wilder, her books and the magical world we shared.

  • 312 Peggy // May 9, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    My elementary school librarian, Mrs. Finkbeiner saved all the Laura books for me so that I could read them all in order! I cherished those books! I never wore a bonnet, but I have tried Blue Bonnet Margarine!

  • 313 Amanda // May 9, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    I’ve sadly been bonnet free my entire life.

  • 314 Barbs // May 9, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    I am sure I wore a bonnet at some point in my childhood… I was (still am) a huge Laure Ingalls fan!!!

  • 315 kellybeth // May 9, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    Yes, I have. I had a Little House phase around 4th grade and my mother, bless her heart, bought me an antique washboard so I could happily wash my clothes in the back yard.

  • 316 Jenny H // May 9, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    With this many entries I am only sure to buy this book. I have not worn a bonnet but I have made one. How odd is that? For girls going on a pioneer treck. Still I am a big fan of those books and (gasp) still read them. Bought one just last month too.

  • 317 Jenn C. // May 9, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    I’m sure I’ve worn a bonnet back in the day. Thank goodness FB didn’t exist back then.

  • 318 Katie A. // May 9, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    I wore a bonnet as part of my “baby” Halloween costume when I was ten. And I own a bonnet pattern for babies. Now I have to get around to actually making some!

  • 319 Kristina L // May 9, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    My sisters and I read the Little House books over and over and over until the spines ripped and the pages fell out. The stories have permanently engraved themselves in my mind.

    Only wore a bonnet as a baby!

  • 320 julia // May 9, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    My love of Laura Ingalls Wilder knows no bounds — including many a year as a child trying to look like Laura Ingalls, with tight braids and yes, ocasionally, a bonnet.

  • 321 Jen B // May 9, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Oh my yes, I’ve worn a bonnet. I was Laura for Halloween one year, and I’ve re-read the entire series of books every few years. They are my absolute favorites. Where else would I learn how to churn butter and grow a prize-winning milk-fed pumpkin!?

  • 322 Shannon // May 9, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    Yes, I have worn a bonnet! Only around the house, though. It was orange and floral, and I’m pretty sure it belonged to some long-lost relative.

  • 323 kim k // May 9, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    Not that I can remember.

  • 324 Cheryl // May 9, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Happy and proud to say that I’ve never worn a bonnet. I have, however, happily donned a gingham apron on more than one occasion.

  • 325 Kara // May 9, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    I’ve never worn a bonnet but I wanted to desperately when I read the Little House books as a kid. I would assemble vaguely pioneer-y outfits from bits on my mother’s wardrobe, but sadly, she had nothing that would stand in for a bonnet.

  • 326 Maggie Rose // May 9, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    I have worn a bonnet! I LOVED Little House and wanted a calico bonnet like nobody’s business… I finally got a straw one with a ribbon but never the calico one. Sigh.

  • 327 rachel // May 9, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    my mom made both my sister and i wear matching bonnets one year for easter…

  • 328 Meg // May 9, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    No, I have never worn a bonnet, although I did wear my hair braided like Laura. And, I went through a pioneer girl phase of wearing lace up boots and gingham shirts. Does that count?

  • 329 Adrienne // May 9, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    havent ever worn a bonnet… but I do dress as a pirate on the weekends! haha
    I have always loved the Little House books… I still read them over when I get bored :O)

  • 330 laura // May 9, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    No bonnets here, but I LOVED the Little House books, read, re-read and then read again. Would love this book. Thanks.

  • 331 Mia // May 9, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    About 9 zillion years ago, when I was in elementary school we went to some Pioneer Days thing near Auburn and they dressed us up in bonnets and dresses and tried to curl our hair with a curling iron they stuck in the fire and my hair burned off.

    Ah yes, memories.

  • 332 Shana // May 9, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    I wore one when I was a kid for Easter, and I hated it! It was so scratchy. But I loved Laura Ingalls.

  • 333 michelle f // May 9, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    oh yes. my great grandmother made these wonderful dorky starched bonnets that i *adored* i went through a big holly hobbie phase and of course was in love with Little House books as well. I kinda think we could bring them back as cool/dorky fashion. What I wouldn’t give for her to still be alive to teach me the pattern!

  • 334 jenn // May 9, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    When I was in elementary school I somehow got into this book reading program where I got to leave the middle of class and go read with other students in the library. That is how I found out about Little House on the Prairie. I devoured the books. And yes… I wore a bonnet. I just came across these photos a couple weeks ago. My Mom said they had me wearing the bonnet because it was like a Holly Hobby one. I think I liked wearing it.. here it is in all it’s Holly-Hobby-gloriousness! http://jennnash.typepad.com/blog/2011/04/happy-easter.html

  • 335 Manders // May 9, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    No bonnets for me, to my recollection. But I was an obsessive Little House reader and (…and this is probably telling you how young I am) I had the little immigrant pioneer American Girl doll as a kid. So fascinated by all those people who went out west and built a country, using both good and bad methods of doing so.

  • 336 Adi // May 9, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    I love Laura Ingalls Wilder! I was very lucky to have a mother who read her books and still had them around, so I’ve read and reread them countless times. I was pretty sure I wanted to BE her–I may have been born in the wrong era =) I did wear a bonnet as a baby, of course, and also once in elementary school during a lesson on Pilgrims, but not related to Laura. SIGH. Now I want to go re-read them!!

  • 337 Jean // May 9, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    Loved the Little House books. This sounds adorable.

  • 338 Heather // May 9, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    I had a bonnet and a prairie-style dress. Wore them all. The. Time.

  • 339 Melissa Trachtenberg // May 9, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    I’ve never worn a bonnet, despite being In Love with the entire Little House series.

  • 340 Allison Sch. // May 9, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    I wore lots of baby bonnets. As a baby, I was very fair skinned and my mother had access to bonnets apparently.

  • 341 Maggie // May 9, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    No bonnet that I recall but I did have a prairie dress that I loved!

  • 342 Melissa // May 9, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    The only bonnet I ever wore was made of construction paper in the 2nd grade as part of a misguided Thanksgiving unit.

  • 343 sangeetha // May 9, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Nope…

  • 344 Erin in PA // May 9, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    I wore a bonnet during a speech about Revolutionary War and Molly Pitcher (who is buried in my hometown) in fifth grade. I think I also wore one during student teaching when we had a pioneer day, but I have blocked it out! I just heard about this book on NPR tonight and am very interested to read it – I always wanted to be Laura!!

  • 345 Cassie // May 9, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    I love love laura ingalls wilder. I think I’ve read the entire series at least ten times. So wonderful! Never worn a bonnet though… ;)

  • 346 Elizabeth W // May 9, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    I have never worn a bonnet but I came close to wearing full Civil War era hoop skirt, dress, corset.
    In my defense, I was in lurve with a Civil War Re-enactor at the time.
    I really want to read this book. I grew up with the Little House books!

  • 347 Kristy // May 9, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    I have worn a bonnet but it was really cute when I made my 1-year old daughter wear one. But anything in a small scale is adorable!

  • 348 Emily // May 9, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    Yes, I went to summer camp in a one-room schoolhouse when I was in elementary school and had to dress in 1900′s prairie gear — bonnet, calico dress, etc.

    I’d love to read this book. Thanks!

  • 349 Jennifer Johnson // May 9, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    There’s an old Easter picture of me circa 1979 where I’m wearing a bonnet. I think that’s the last time I wore one. I just can’t pull off the hat thing. I do love Little House though!

  • 350 Amy Bramblett // May 9, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    I loved LHOP and totally had a bonnet. that my mother made. which I loved.

  • 351 Gryph // May 9, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    Not only have I worn a bonnet (on stage! in a play! Also when playing pioneers in the back yard…) but I currently own a bonnet that my gradma made and wore when working in her garden.

  • 352 Karla // May 9, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    I don’t believe I’ve ever worn a bonnet, but I sure wanted to make that maple syrup on snow candy!!! Thanks!

  • 353 Alison // May 9, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    Yes! My mom and I sewed a bonnet and country girl skirt for a field trip I did in fifth grade where we went to a local homestead which operates as if it were 1890. Very cool!

  • 354 Emily // May 9, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    I was Laura for Halloween quite a few years in a row and my mom made me an awesome dress, apron, and bonnet with yarn braids attached… Pretty sure she still has it in my old bedroom!

  • 355 Reading Rach // May 9, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    Loved, loved, LOVED the Little House books. I have not worn a bonnet, but I have visited several Little House sites, including Laura and Almanzo’s home in Mansfield, MO. I cried when I saw Pa’s fiddle. . .

  • 356 Beth // May 9, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Only wore one as a small child, never an adult. Listened to an interview with the author of the book today. Would love to read it!

  • 357 emily // May 9, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    Aww I loved those books!

  • 358 Monica Simpson // May 9, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    How about a Holly Hobby dress and matching purse? My Grandma gave me a little avon lipstick sample to put in it.
    No bonnet.

  • 359 Carla // May 9, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    I loved Little House on the Prairie when I was a kid in the 1970s and on into the 1980s. Every night it was on television, we would make popcorn and work on our puzzles in the basement family room while watching my favorite show. That’s one of the best memories I have from my otherwise difficult childhood.

    About wearing a bonnet, I have sketched designs for making my own and would love to follow through on this some day. A bonnet with a nice visor in a pretty print and a tie would be so much fun!

  • 360 jenney // May 9, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Former bonnet-wearer, right here. For me it was the food, though. Reading Farmer Boy always made me so hungry!!! Especially if I’d just read The Long Winter, where Laura’s family almost starves to death, then Farmer Boy reads like an embarrassment of riches.

    I have seven daughters and six of them (the youngest being too young for Little House) have all been crazy about the books. We’ve worn through a set!

  • 361 Hope // May 9, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    I didn’t wear a bonnet, but wanted to! I had to settle for a long, calico dress, Laura INgalls style. I lucked out and had to wear it to school every day for two weeks in a row when I was selected to be an extra for a movie that was filming at our school. I was sure a bonnet would complete my look…didn’t care that the film eas contemporary! Well — it was the seventies, my dress worked just fine.

  • 362 Aidan // May 9, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    I have never worn a bonnet. Though I did fight a lot with my bestie over whether we would watch Little House or Three’s Company!

  • 363 Julia // May 9, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    Oh yes- there was some bonnet wearing in my past! I was lucky enough to live in TX when my town had its centennial celebration and bonnets were all the rage. I think I might have worn one at Girl Scouts, too. And my daughters each have a bonnet they wear regularly. They actually work very well in the sun. Go figure!

  • 364 Simply A. // May 9, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    Heck yes, I wore a bonnet whenever possible as a young Laura Ingalls wannabe. My dolls had bonnets. My mother was an enabler.

  • 365 Stacy // May 9, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    Why, yes! I had to wear a bonnet and then push it back when I was Laura in the back yard. And especially on camping trips. My friend had yarn braids so we could better emulate Laura.

  • 366 Tracey S // May 9, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    I love, love, love Laura Ingalls. I was given the entire series for Christmas, probably in about 1978-ish and read them all cover to cover about eight times. I was so addicted that I would watch the series on TV and try to read along in the books. We would play “Little House” in grade school and I was always in competition for the lead of Laura with a girl named Lori. She really pissed me off!! As far as wearing a bonnet, well of course I wore a bonnet. We had a cenntenial Fourth of July parade and I was on a float and was dressed as Laura in a red and white gingham dress and red floral bonnet. The dress wasn’t mine but my Mom made the bonnet. (She’s crafty like that!) That summer was the year of the bonnet. I played “Little House” with my little sister (Of course, I was still Laura even thought she was 4 years younger than me! She was stuck begin Mary.) We had a grove of trees next to our house and played in the rabbit cages that were abandoned there. Good times! Thanks for helping me relive it! And yes, you did miss out. But its never too late!!

  • 367 nadine // May 9, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    I have! I was Little Red Riding Hood one year for Halloween!

  • 368 Amy // May 9, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    No, I have never worn a bonnet. But now I am inspired to make one, just so I can wear it while re-reading the little house on the prairie books for the 100th time!

  • 369 marta // May 9, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    i LOVE little house on the prairie!
    i read all the books obsessively during childhood, and then during grade 8 discovered that they had made a SHOW and then watched that obsessively!
    no bonnet for me, but i’ll gladly don one if i win this book!

  • 370 Nancy // May 9, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    I loved the books, read them a bunch of times – the only “bonnets” I remember were worn around Easter, and under duress!

  • 371 Beth Rang // May 9, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    Yes, I wore a bonnet at a Jane Austen festival. Yes, I know that’s the wrong time period and different sort of bonnet. However, I read the sample chapter of this book online, and it is SO good!!!!

  • 372 Katie // May 9, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    Pretty sure I wore one at least once as a baby. And I am a big fan of Little House on the Prairie. :)

  • 373 Sandra // May 9, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Definitely, but it was for some Pioneer Days activity. I have this great picture of a group of my classmates and me frowning and squinting in various old hats.

  • 374 Kerry // May 9, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    Yes, I have worn a bonnet–back in the late 70′s during the Little House tv show and Holly Hobby era, my sisters and I had sunbonnets. And my 18 mo niece has one somewhere herself.

  • 375 Adrienne B. // May 9, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    I have worn a bonnet. In the 5th grade, my class visited a pioneer village and we all dressed for the time period. My mom made me an amazing prairie style dress with matching bonnet :).

  • 376 Beth f // May 9, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    I love Laura Ingalls Wilder and just re-read the series this winter. I’ve never worn a bonnet but both of my daughters wore the “Laura” costume I made for Halloween. Thanks for the contest!

  • 377 marika // May 9, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    Wow – I was just listening to this author discuss the book on NPR. Fate??

  • 378 margo // May 9, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    lOVE-Laura Ingalls and the subsequent series. Yes. I have worn a bonnet. Look awful in it. Have very sharp features and a large head. Looked awful in it. Wish I could look like Karen Grassle in one.

  • 379 Jacqueline // May 9, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    I was a guide in a national historic park each summer while in university, and a bonnet was part of the “historically correct” costume I had to wear. The bonnet wasn’t so bad, but the tight, long sleeves of the blouse were dreadful in the heat. I read each and every Little House book and loved them all!

  • 380 Colleen // May 9, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    I grew up reading the Little House books and am really excited about this book! My home town is very near Malone, NY and I’ve had the pleasure of visiting Almanzo’s home. I’ve never worn a bonnet but I had a Holly Hobby doll and she had a bonnet that I often washed and ironed!

  • 381 Judith // May 9, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    Was in the process of typing “never worn a bonnet” and then remembered the photo, age 6. Oh my.

  • 382 Amy B. // May 9, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    It is possible that I wore a bonnet at one point while playing dressup as a kid, but I truly can’t remember! I love the Little House books and history – this seems like a nice blend of the two. I can’t wait to read the book!

  • 383 Carla L. // May 9, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    My mom was just reminding me the other day that she always put bonnets on me as a baby! I was one of those bald babies. Anyway, the Little House series are some of my favorite books of all time. They have stood the test of time and I can’t wait to read this book!

  • 384 Diana // May 9, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    Loved the Little House books when I was a kid. I’ve seen one picture of me as a baby wearing a bonnet. It was for my christening.

  • 385 Aarika // May 9, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    I loved the Little House series (both the books and the TV show) and wanted to live off the land for a long time. I have pictures of me wearing a green patterned bonnet that my grandmother made for me when I was a baby.

  • 386 Torie // May 9, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    I loved the little house books! But have never worn a bonnet…

  • 387 Frances // May 9, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    I remember “trying” to read the books as a child. I felt bad that I couldn’t appreciate them. Now one of my “preschool” students is enjoying the adventures of these stories with her mother.

  • 388 Kirsten // May 9, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    Happy Birthday! It’s my birthday this month as well.

    I have worn a bonnet – I had a pretty flowered one that was in my dress-up box, and I used to love wearing it along with the flowered dress I had (that was NOT in my dress up box).

  • 389 A // May 9, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    Nope, never worn one! Not that I know of, anyway… :)

  • 390 Fiona // May 9, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    I was totally obsessed as a child with The Little House Books!!! I would spend hours reading and re-reading them!!! I even spent many hours in bookshops looking for any other books related to Laura Ingalls Wilder as they were very few and far between here in New Zealand!!! I now have the pleasure of reading them to my own dear little girls!!

    About bonnets – no, I never wore a bonnet but I do have a very funny picture of my oldest daughter in a knitted bonnet – screaming her head off – it was like she knew it looked very uncool!!! Please, please, please let me win…….

  • 391 Katie // May 9, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    In fourth grade there was a day where we dressed up as oldene schoole tyme people and had class as if it were the 1700s. I definitely wore a bonnet that day (that was one of my favorite days of school ever; I am kind of a nerd).

  • 392 Katie // May 10, 2011 at 12:10 am

    I was totally obssessed with LHOTP when I was little. And yes, I’ve worn a bonnet. My family took part in a Oregon Trail reenactment when I was a kid and when walked a portion of the trail next to a covered wagon. I was TOTALLY wearing a bonnet! LOL!

  • 393 Alison // May 10, 2011 at 12:15 am

    Yes, in Colonial Williamsburg, where you could wear period clothing!

  • 394 mel // May 10, 2011 at 12:37 am

    I wore a bonnet once in sixth grade, when we did a project on Thailand.

  • 395 Callie // May 10, 2011 at 1:06 am

    Yes- my Granny wore a bonnet any time she worked in her garden, and she made a little bonnet for me to wear when I visited her. She was born in 1906 (she was 71 when I was born), and lived out in the country in southern Mississippi all her life, so she was definitely from a different era. It’s funny – it never occurred to me before now that our bonnets were at all unusual. :)

  • 396 Juliet // May 10, 2011 at 2:00 am

    Yes! I’ve worn bonnets, and I have an undying love for all things LHOTP. I grew up in NE Oklahoma, which is where some of the fascination must have come from. I love that big sky (OK has, hands down, the BEST sunsets!) and those prairies. :)

  • 397 rohini // May 10, 2011 at 2:07 am

    nope never wore a bonnet
    but then i’m from india :)

  • 398 Rachel // May 10, 2011 at 4:26 am

    I have. I had a whole outfit complete with panatloons and pinafore. I remember being so enthralled with the Little House books that my mom volunteered at a living history farm for a couple weekends.

  • 399 knittingshelley // May 10, 2011 at 5:23 am

    Yes, I had to wear a bonnet for a ballet examination, where we were also forced to wear skirts with aprons and perform a – I want to say – little dutch girl dance.

  • 400 PrixMadonna // May 10, 2011 at 5:28 am

    Pound was the first blog that I followed as well, and it was from Pound that I discovered Not Martha.

    I think it was at a book signing or something that you introduced yourself to Wendy, and then she wrote about you? I cannot recall, but I seem to remember it was around the same time that your candy sushi was becoming a meme too.

    Okay, enough of my stroll down memory lane. No bonnets in my recollection.

  • 401 karen // May 10, 2011 at 5:49 am

    yes, i did. i say this only because the esteemed tina fey revealed that she had “my colonial-lady Halloween costume that I sometimes relaxed in after school”. mine had the bonnet. don’t know about tina’s.

  • 402 Connie // May 10, 2011 at 5:58 am

    I have a really cool antique bonnet with a brim made of corn husks.

  • 403 Kate // May 10, 2011 at 6:12 am

    Yes. I am an elementary school teacher and when I taught fifth grade I wore one to the civil war reenactment. Also as a current third grade teacher I love to read Little House in the Big Woods to my class.

  • 404 Jessica // May 10, 2011 at 6:13 am

    I dressed up as Laura one year for Halloween and a bonnet was definitely involved! :)

  • 405 Beth // May 10, 2011 at 6:19 am

    Oh boy, I loved the Little House on the Prairie series. I remember falling in love with Almanzo a little bit myself…!

  • 406 sadie // May 10, 2011 at 6:33 am

    I keep hearing about this on NPR and have been so tempted to buy it. I think I’ll wait a few days, though.

  • 407 Erin // May 10, 2011 at 6:55 am

    I’ve never worn a bonnet!

  • 408 Out2lunch // May 10, 2011 at 7:28 am

    Indeed I have, I loved the American Girl series when I was a kid and my mom got me an olde worlde dress and bonnet as a birthday gift one year.

  • 409 regina // May 10, 2011 at 7:36 am

    not only have i worn a bonnet (I lived in MT for awhile and worked with some Mennonites who enjoyed seeing the east coast city kid in various modest clothing) but I have made my children wear bonnets! and they are boys! of course it was only for their baptism but still I have photo proof!

  • 410 Natalie // May 10, 2011 at 7:53 am

    I do believe I have worn a bonnett. I think I was in the Smokey Mountains, and around 8 years old.

  • 411 Kathy // May 10, 2011 at 7:54 am

    Wore one once…..for a county fair.

  • 412 Beth Ellen // May 10, 2011 at 7:57 am

    This looks like a fun read–I loved the books when I was growing up, and even later read some of Laura’s letters and remembrances of that time, as well as her daughter’s (Rose Wilder Lane).

  • 413 Beth Ellen // May 10, 2011 at 7:58 am

    No bonnet wearing for me, unless I was a baby and just don’t remember….

  • 414 just barrie // May 10, 2011 at 8:09 am

    I’ve tried on bonnets. Does that count?

  • 415 Rachel // May 10, 2011 at 8:23 am

    Never worn a bonnet. :( If I were to own one it would have to be leopard print!

  • 416 L // May 10, 2011 at 8:23 am

    I read all of the Little House books, and absolutely needed my own bonnet! (And got it!)

  • 417 fillyjonk // May 10, 2011 at 8:34 am

    Yes, in fact, I have worn a bonnet. I grew up in Ohio, near a living-history museum called Hale Farm, and one year my class spent a day there, and they asked us to dress up. My mom made me a long skirt and a pink sunbonnet, which I wore with a white blouse I already had.

    I loved Hale Farm.

  • 418 Liz // May 10, 2011 at 8:45 am

    My grandmother made me a complete pioneer outfit, bloomers, apron, dress, and, of course bonnet, for Pioneer Days in elementary school. And I wore it more than that.

    I highly suggest reading the entire Little House series. We’ve read it out loud to both of our children (separately), and think it’s a must-read. So important to hear all the steps of how things were/are made and also helps kids appreciate all we have, and less likely to complain when they don’t have this or that specific thing after hearing about the hard times of the Ingalls family.

  • 419 ferretgrrl // May 10, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Not only have I worn a bonnet, but for a few months I worked in a National Forest in CA which contained the farmhouse on the hillside where the opening credits of the tv show were filmed!

  • 420 Rosie // May 10, 2011 at 9:20 am

    Yes! In fourth grade, for an oral book repoft/presentation on one of the little house books. (we were supposed to dress up)

  • 421 kelli // May 10, 2011 at 9:35 am

    Yes! I tried one on just outside of Hill City, South Dakota at the schoolhouse where Laura’s sister Carrie taught. It was really fun to take my kids there (2, 4, 6) after reading the books with them.

  • 422 Anne // May 10, 2011 at 10:12 am

    I have worn a bonnet before – when I was in grade school, we had a little festival called Pioneer Days and we all dressed up in sun dresses and bonnets. Very fun! I used to love Laura Ingalls Wilder. :)

  • 423 NolaLeBlanc // May 10, 2011 at 10:25 am

    I haven’t ever had an occasion to wear a bonnet, so the answer is no. I, too, never read the books as a child, but I have spent many hours recently reading them to my daughter. She loves The Little House on the Prairie. I even heard Wendy interviewed last night on NPR, which made me want the book all the more.

  • 424 DIANE // May 10, 2011 at 10:26 am

    I would love to win this for my daughter. We actually live in Upstate NY near the original Wilder farm. I believe it is in Malone, New York. Neat huh?

  • 425 Betsy // May 10, 2011 at 10:32 am

    Is it 10 AM PST yet?? Hope not..
    I definitely wore a bonnet. On more than one occasion. I wanted to be a little prairie girl so bad..hahaha..

  • 426 Parrish // May 10, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Homemade bonnets on easter when I was a wee teeny lol

  • 427 Nichole // May 10, 2011 at 11:22 am

    I wore a bonnet in 4th grade when we had a reproduction of the landrun in Duncan, OK. I have fond memories of it!

  • 428 Melissa // May 10, 2011 at 11:32 am

    Never worn a bonnet! Yikes!
    I’ve read these to my son. Beautiful books.