Little House on the Prairie: Season 9, Episode 15

Once Upon a Time (24 Jan. 1983)

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Laura needs something to fill some time so Almanzo tells her about a book writing contest. He convinces her to write her stories down that she told him about growing up. She travels to ... See full summary »



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Episode credited cast:
Harriet Oleson (as Katherine MacGregor) (credit only)
Nels Oleson (credit only)
Isaiah Edwards (credit only)
Allison Balson ...
Lindsay Kennedy ...
David Friedman ...
Leslie Landon ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ron Doyle ...
Casey Erickson ...
Young Man
Ruth Foster ...
Kay Howell ...


Laura needs something to fill some time so Almanzo tells her about a book writing contest. He convinces her to write her stories down that she told him about growing up. She travels to Minneapolis to work with a publisher but they want to make too many changes to book. Written by Anonymous

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There are two pictures hanging on the wall of the publishers office. The one on the right is Laura Ingalls Wilder. The other may possibly be her sister Carrie. See more »


Almanzo James Wilder: I've been waiting a whole week to find you in this kind of state. I figured that teaching would do it.,
Laura Ingalls Wilder: Manly, what on earth are you talking about?
Almanzo James Wilder: The answer, that's what. The answer to what you ought to be doing. You see, there's this contest. It was announced last week and I've been waiting until the right time to bring it up.
Laura Ingalls Wilder: Well, what kind of contest?
Almanzo James Wilder: Writing.
Laura Ingalls Wilder: Well, what kind of writing?
Almanzo James Wilder: Short stories, poetry, and novels. Your rememberance books must be crammed with all kinds of stories.
Laura Ingalls Wilder: ...
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29 November 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Laura had always wanted to be an author, right? At least that's what I always figured. So when Almanzo tells her about a writing contest, she jumps at the chance. Only things don't go the way she planned them...

This episode is pretty boring. Laura and Jenny leave Almanzo and Rose behind to go to Mancato and work on her first book. The men there make some empty promises about the way it's going to be. Before she knows it, they are completely changing the book until it's something she doesn't even recognize.

She did the right thing in the end. I like how Michael Landon comes on at the end and talk about the real Laura Ingalls Wilder and that a series of books were published forty years later...

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