Over the years, I’ve received some amazing letters from my readers. To recognize the great fans I have, I want to share some of these letters with you today. I also want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart to all of the wonderful people who took the time to write to me.
February 26, 2008
Hi Mr. Tedrow, I have just read Missouri Homestead. The thing I liked about this book is that it is really good and funny and I already liked the Laura Ingalls Wilder series. I also thought it was funny because in the end Mr. Bentley and his wife and kid had to help his father because he is sick and cannot do things by himself.
Other things I liked about it were that a lot of the book was about saving trees. I think our world probably needs a person like Laura. I also liked it because it was set back to when phones and cars were coming out.
However, my favorite part was when the Reverends kids want to win the race with their mule Crab Apple. Since he is so old he cannot run that fast, so their friend Maurice tells them that hornets can make the mule go fast. But they already have their own plan, a prank book. So it’s finally race day and they use all sorts of pranks like sneezing powder and itching powder. Then near the end of the race, Crab Apple stops by a tree to rest and Terry, who is riding the mule, notice’s a hornet’s nest above him and Crab Apple. Terry breaks the branch with the hornets and their off and win!
I think you did a great job on this book and I cannot wait to read the others.
September 21, 1992
Dear Mr. Tedrow:
I liked your book, Missouri Homestead. I am going to read the rest of the books in the series. I like the part about the frog in the hat it was funny. Your book was like I was there with Laura. How long did it take you to write Missouri Homestead? If you have time could you write back. It would mean a lot to me.
P.S. Do you have any writing tips for me?
October 31, 1992
Dear Mr. Tedrow:
I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed reading your The Days of Laura Ingalls Wilder series. I thought you did a much better job writing about her life than she did in her books. Never have I laughed so hard, or read eight books so quickly. I read each book in two days, and was quite disappointed when my adventure with Laura was all over. Will you be writing more books in this series? I hope so!
Here are the following questions I would like to ask you:
What other research articles did you use in these books besides the articles she wrote in Mansfield Monitor?
Was Ellen Boyle a real life person? Did Manly and Laura have another child besides Rose?
I was extremely disappointed that Rev. Thomas Youngin and Carla Pobst didn’t get married in book 8. (What happens to her? Very original plot to break up their future marriage with her dead husband at sea being found.) Are the Youngins and Carla based on your own family?
What kind of planning and research did you do to decide what topics, themes, and plots you wanted to cover? (No, I’m not a reporter, but a new Tedrow fan with a curious mind.)
On the book series you will publish about the Youngins will we get to meet Norma Youngin and when Rev. Youngin established his church in Mansfield, Missouri (their history)? Will the Wilders be included in this book series? When are they due out? (I work p-t at a Christian bookstore in Columbus, OH, and will read them, and recommend them as I do your LIW books now.)
What is your religious affiliation and salvation experience? (I liked the way you got the gospel message in these books without being preachy.) Did those people who own the rights to LIW’s name and possessions approve of these books?
When and what channel will the LIW TV series be on? Will Melissa Gilbert be playing the grown up Laura Ingalls Wilder?