little house on the prairie

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9:31 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

How Mary went blind: A 'Little House on the Prairie' investigation

This book of the series contains the shocking news that Mary Ingalls has gone blind.
Credit Little House Books

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The Little House on the Prairie books by Laura Ingalls Wilder have entertained kids for almost seventy five years, while teaching them a little about what life was like for pioneers during the late 1800s. While the books were published as fiction, most of the story was taken from Wilder’s own childhood. One of the biggest turning points in the books is when Laura’s older sister Mary goes blind after getting scarlet fever. But an article recently published in the American Academy of Pediatrics argues that scarlet fever did not cause Mary’s blindness at all. 

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