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If You're Not from the Prairie... [Hardcover]

David Bouchard , Henry Ripplinger
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July 21 1999
Award-winning poet David Bouchard offers words that remind the reader of the power of the wind, the sweep of the sky, and adventures on a cold prairie night. Henry Ripplinger's stunning paintings are treasures for the mind and the heart.

Ages 6 and up

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Grade 2-6?Blazing skies in bright blues bounce from the full-page acrylic illustrations that face every page of poetic text in this piece about modern-day life on the prairie. Ripplinger's paintings are done in a realistic style somewhat similar to Andrew Wyeth's. In them, a young boy and his dog play through every season on farmlands, prairie fields, and country roads. He and his friends have a snowball fight in front of a large country house and board the school bus in a winter blizzard. The child walks in a creek bed in solitude and down the road beside his dad. For the most part, the accompanying verse is well written. The dialogue style works well rhythmically and makes for a possible story hour or program read-aloud. Adults would also enjoy this nostalgic piece that ends with the boy a grown farmer: "You see, my hair's mostly wind,/My eyes filled with grit,/My skin's red or brown,/My lips chapped and split." With its attractive format, this will make a nice additional purchase for poetry collections, though in prairie areas it might be a "must."?Susannah Price, Boise Public Library, ID
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Gr. 3^-5, younger for reading aloud. The initial premise of the poem--if you're not from the prairie, you can't understand wind, cold, grasses, and such--mellows out by the end as "you" and "I" agree to understand each other because we share the same sun. The colorful acrylic paintings, however, draw you in immediately rather than insist that you can't understand. Ripplinger's images catch the vastness of prairie living, with a strong sense of the flat expanses of the horizon, and the vastness of the sky. This is a world of children on the prairie, physically lying on the land, playing in the mud, walking through the snow. The book affectionately shows farm life on flatland, wherever the land is. Mary Harris Veeder --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Prairie born Jan. 16 2014
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a sweet visit down memory lane, Thank you Dave and Henry. The system wants more words and it does not know what I am writing
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book Jan. 5 2014
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I'm from the prairies. David Bouchard has captured all the unique elements of prairie life for both youngsters and oldsters, such as the wind, the snow, and sunshine. Combined with the terrific prairie illustrations by Henry Ripplinger (framable value in themselves) the book delivers on the implied promise to describe prairie life to those that have not experienced it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect if you are from the Prairies! Dec 26 2013
By Karlee
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I remember when this book first came out when I was younger and everyone needed to have it! Its so true and anyone that is from the prairies can relate to it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for "children" of all ages May 17 2013
By MomCan
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Our School Community Council gives a book to each graduating student, and after browsing for which book to give, this was the one we chose. This is our second year giving this book. The words and pictures are amazingly accurate and depict life on the prairies as many of us knew it! It's actually meant to be a children's book, but we felt it is suitable for "children" of all ages! After all, we're only as old as we feel on the inside, and books like this help to keep us young!
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