American author Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote the much-loved "Little House" book series based on her real-life adventures growing up on the Western frontier during the late 1800s.

Laura was a spirited young tomboy who preferred fishing, playing baseball, wintertime snowball fights and racing around with the boys after school.

In 1974, her books were adapted for the television series "Little House on the Prairie". Actress Melissa Gilbert played young Laura for nine seasons, growing up in the role from the age of ten to eighteen.