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.
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.
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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