Sunday, June 17, 2018

Happy Father's Day!

By Chloe Ellefson

Historic Site Curator

From the Chloe Ellefson Mysteries

by Kathleen Ernst

Happy Dad's Day to all the father figures out there! Since my sister and I are enjoying a road trip visiting all of the Laura Ingalls Wilder homesites, we just called our dad to wish him well.

(Actually, we're not totally enjoying our road trip. Someone seems to have figured out that we're carrying an incredibly rare quilt that once belonged to Laura herself....and they may be willing to kill to get their hands on it. But that's another story.)

I've also been thinking a lot about Charles Ingalls, Laura's Pa from the Little House books.  When I read the books as a kid, I focused only on Laura's stories. These days, I give Charles a whole lot more credit. Yes, he hopped around a lot, and made some mistakes. But he managed to keep the family together through some pretty daunting times.

Laura's parents, Caroline and Charles Ingalls.
What do you think?  Was Charles a good dad in the famous books?  Or do you have another favorite literary father?

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Kathleen Ernst is the author of thirty-six books, including the Chloe Ellefson Mysteries, mysteries for young readers, historical fiction, and two nonfiction books. Before becoming a full time writer she worked as a curator at Old World Wisconsin.

To learn more about the award-winning Chloe Ellefson series---including the latest, Mining For Justice, see Kathleen's website.

Kathleen is celebrating the series with an eight-month-long retrospective, and it's Death on the Prairie month! Stop by her blog to learn more about the book, and watch her Facebook Author Page for a Giveaway.

1 comment:

  1. I haven't read those books in a long time. Need to pick them up again.