Saturday, September 26, 2009

Nellie Oleson Meets Laura Ingalls

So, a while back I read Mary Ingalls On Her Own. It was interesting to see things from the perspective of a character that I had come to know through the Little House series. I noticed that there were some other books listed on the jacket and put a request in at the library to put one on reserve to be transferred from another local library, because mine didn't have it.

The book I requested and just finished reading was Nellie Oleson Meets Laura Ingalls by Heather Williams. Overall, it was a good story (again, geared towards adolescents). I was a little disappointed that I was about half way through the book before Nellie met Laura. I had assumed, based on the title that the story would have been more about the two girls and their relation from Nellie's perspective. The author did a great job building the character of Nellie, I just felt that she could have brought Laura into the story sooner and developed Nellie's character through the relationship.

It was a good story and a quick read. When my daughter is older and we have read the Little House series, I will have her read these related stories as well. It sheds a new light on familiar characters, seeing the story from their perspective.