Secrets you never knew about LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE

Little House on the Prairie is one of the most beloved television shows ever – enjoyed by families for decades. But there is much you might not know about the real-life Laura Ingalls Wilder, who wrote the books upon which the series was developed. And, like Laura’s life, the show was not without its own brand of drama – on and off camera.

Laura’s early life was hard. It included moves through a number of states and the loss of a baby brother. In 1930, at over 60 years old, Laura wrote her first manuscript – Pioneer Girl. Every publisher who read it rejected it. But, that didn’t stop her. She reworked it into nine separate manuscripts and the rest is history. 

The idea for the show began when a successful producer noticed his daughter reading the Little House books while she recovering from illness. He took one of the books and sneaked it to his office to begin developing the cherished program.


Industry experts and fans alike believe that the lasting love for Little House was due to its wholesome values, life lessons and ability to show how to overcome hardship with work, love and support.

While much of what was on the show was fictionalized, there were many story points taken from real life. An example of this is Mary Ingalls, who indeed became blind in her teens due to illness. Unlike the television show, however, Mary Ingalls never married in real life. Some fans have become upset at the fictionalized Ingalls family – which gives testimony to the fact that they became like family to viewers. Albert Ingalls, for instance, may have existed according to some accounts, but the dramatic series ending never took place. There is no record of an adoption of an Albert Ingalls, nor is there any real-life record of any of the stories that featured Albert.

Nonetheless, The Ingalls became a staple of pop culture. Families enjoyed watching the shows together and following the dramatic tales of a family struggling, learning and living life together.

Three biblical values we learn from Little House from Dr. Tabor.

1. Learn from your parents. Just as the Ingalls children were constantly learning wise lessons from Charles and Caroline, the Bible tells us that children should hear their fathers’ instruction and not forsake their mothers’ teaching (Proverbs 1:8-9). This is an important lesson for both parents and children. Parents are meant to teach their children. Children are meant to learn from their parents.

2. Children should honor their parents (Exodus 20:12). How many times did the Ingalls children go against their parents only to learn a lesson the hard way? So it is with many of us. Not all parents deserve respect, but God says that if we honor our parents by not disrespecting them (even though no parent is perfect), we will live long. This is the only one of the 10 commandments with a promise.

3. Be kind to one another (Ephesians 4:32). The Ingalls demonstrated kindness – to each other, to neighbors, to strangers – even to Nellie! This is how God wants us to act – kindly.

Like a real family, the cast of Little House experienced ups and downs, joys and sorrows in their personal lives. From bickering beginnings to an explosive – really explosive – ending, the show included 204 episodes over 10 years. Loyal fans will enjoy a glimpse into the behind-the-scenes facts, like who Willie Oleson’s sister is in real life, how many “Laura’s” were tested before the right one was found, and which of the cast members were real-life friends.

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