Laura Ingalls Wilder Google Logo Pays Homage To “Little House On The Prairie” Author

Laura Ingall Wilder doodle

Today’s Google Doodle honoring Laura Ingalls Wilder marks the American author’s 148th birthday.

Best known for her beloved Little House series, Wilder’s semi-autobiographical stories about growing up in Wisconsin and on the plains of Missouri during the late 1800s were an inspiration to many young girls, including me.

If I had to name a single author who inspired me most as a writer, Wilder would be at the top of my list. I’ve yet to read a childrens book I loved more than On the Banks of Plum Creek.

The doodle of Laura and Mary running joyously through the prairie, with the iconic “little house” in the background, captures for us—and hopefully for millions of others—the essence of Laura Ingalls Wilder and her literary legacy.

To create the doodle, the team first made dolls using a labor-intensive practice called needle-felting. The process includes stabbing the wool thousands of times with a barbed needle to entangle the fibers, making it firm enough to hold a shape.
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After the dolls were crafted to look like Laura and her sister Mary, the team then built a scale-model of the frontier for the photos used to create the doodle.

According to Google, today’s logo took a considerable amount of time to create, which may explain why there have been so few this year.

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