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Laura Ingalls Wilder

The One, Two, Threes of Pioneer Life

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One family keepsake.

   The little china woman went with the Ingalls family
on all of their journeys.

China Shepherdess

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This statue is a replica of Ma's
little china woman. No one knows
what happened to the original statue


In Little House in the Big Woods, Pa made a bracket with carved-out shapes of windows, stars and circles for the little china woman. She had a bonnet on her head. Her dress was laced in front and she wore a pink apron. When the Ingalls family traveled to Kansas Territory , the little china woman went with them. As soon as Pa built a fireplace, Ma placed the little china woman on the mantel-shelf. She traveled with the family to Plum Creek in Minnesota and to Dakota Territory where Ma placed her on the bracket Pa had made in Wisconsin . No one knows what happened to Ma's little statue. The china woman in the photo is a replica. What family keepsakes do your family treasure?

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