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When acclaimed illustrator Garth Williams was commissioned to create new illustrations for Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House series, he traveled west to see the actual sites Wilder referred to in her writings and to meet Laura herself. She showed Williams a number of photographs that he used as the basis for some of his sketches. In this 1947 letter to Ursula Nordstrom, head of the U.S. Harper Children’s division, Williams wrote, “The whole trip will, I am sure now, make a great difference to the final work and I am very glad I came out here.”
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