By the time, Laura Ingalls Wilder started publishing, the entire world she described in the books had disappeared. In one person’s lifetime, everything had changed. Her first book Little House in the Big Woods was published in 1930. Lindbergh had flown across the ocean. There were railroads criss-crossing the country. Autmobiles. Telephones. Laura Ingalls Wilder straddled an enormous generational divide. Her books are the bridge.