On the Way Home

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On the Way Home
On the Way Home cover.jpg
Front dustjacket, first edition
AuthorLaura Ingalls Wilder
CountryUnited States
SubjectFamily migration, frontier life
GenreDiary, children's literature[1]
PublisherHarper & Row
Publication date
November 12, 1962[2]
Media typePrint (hardcover)
Pages101 pp.
LC ClassF598 .W54[1]
Preceded byThe First Four Years (fiction) 
Followed byWest From Home 

On the Way Home is the diary of an American farm wife, Laura Ingalls Wilder, during her 1894 migration with husband Almanzo Wilder and seven-year-old daughter Rose from De Smet, South Dakota, to Mansfield, Missouri, where they settled permanently.[1][2]

It provides detailed, daily description of the family's migration and includes commentary by Rose – "a setting by Rose Wilder Lane".[1] It was published in 1962, after Laura's death, by Harper & Bros., who had published her Little House series of novels.

On the Way Home is sometimes considered part of the Little House series, which is narrowly a series of nine autobiographical children's novels based on Wilder's life from about 1870 to 1894 in South Dakota, ages about three to 27.


  1. ^ a b c d On the way home; the diary of a trip from South Dakota to Mansfield, …. Library of Congress Online Catalog. Harper & Row. 1962. Retrieved September 17, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "On the Way Home: The Diary of a Trip from South Dakota to Mansfield, Missouri, in 1894". Kirkus Reviews. November 1, 1962. Retrieved October 2, 2015.