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Tennyson

My theme for the A to Z
Challenge is Laura Ingalls Wilder. Laura Ingalls Wilder was the
author of the Little House books and there was a television
series very loosely based on the books. I began reading the
books when I was eleven years old (which even I have a hard
time believing is over 40 years ago!). If you would like to
read about my feelings about Laura, visit this site. I have also listed helpful sites and blogs in my sidebar if you would like to learn more.

T is for Tennyson.

It was then that Laura discovered a secret. She was on her knees, lifting winter underwear out of Ma’s bottom bureau drawer, and under the red flannels she felt something hard. She put in her hand and drew out a book.
It was a perfectly new book, beautifully bound in green cloth with a gilded pattern pressed into it. The smooth, straight, gilt edges of the pages looked like solid gold. On the cover two curving scrolls of lovely, fancy letter made the words,

TENNYSON’S
POEMS
Laura realized that what she had found was most probably a gift that Ma had hidden in that bureau drawer. She also realized that the gift was probably intended for her and that it must be a Christmas present. She did not want to spoil the surprise so she never confessed.
But the poem she had begun reading before she realized what she had discovered haunted her, in a way, because she didn’t get to finish reading it. 

Being who I am, I decided I had to have a copy of Tennyson’s Poems. I think I came pretty close. It’s green with gold edges and lettering. It is a new, revised edition from 1882. I like to think that my copy of Tennyson’s Poems is at least similar to the copy that Laura did receive that Christmas.

**Join me and many other Laura fans at LauraPalooza 2012 (the
second-ever Laura Ingalls Wilder Conference), which will be held July
12-14, 2012, in Mankato, Minnesota. For more information visit Beyond Little House and look for the heading “LauraPalooza 2012”. The pull down menu will have all of the information that you are looking for!**
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