We are out-of-our-minds thrilled to be Google’s guest Doodlers today! February 7th, 2015 marks the 148th birthday of Laura Ingalls Wilder, best known for Little House on the Prairie. We have commemorated Wilder’s birthday with a Doodle that tries to capture the essence of her Little House books — wide open terrain, austere living, simple amusements and the love of family.
We were actually approached by Google in late 2013 to design a Doodle for February 7, 2014. However, a scheduling conflict arose — February 7 was the start of the Winter Olympics in Sochi. So we were bumped by this Doodle:
Fair enough! But happily, here we are a year later…
As children of the 70s and early 80s, we have fond memories of the Little House on the Prairie television show, which always seemed to be on (though for our young brains, the Mary-going-blind storyline was perhaps a little traumatizing!). Our Doodle, which shows Laura (brunette) and Mary (blond) running through the prairies, is loosely inspired by opening credits of the TV show, which depicts the Ingalls girls running down a hill.
Check out our blog post for Google for a behind-the-scenes look at our process in creating the Doodle, and to see all the countries where our Doodle appears. Enjoy, world!