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If You're Not from the Prairie... Hardcover – Jul 21 1999


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Raincoast Books; Fourth Impression edition (July 21 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1895714664
  • ISBN-13: 978-1895714661
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 26.3 x 1.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 381 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #33,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By whynot2 on June 11 2009
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My wife and I are both from the prairies. We don't live there anymore. We had a copy of this. The cat ate it, quite literally. We decided to replace it. It won't be the book we refer to the most, or spend the most time with. But it might end up being the last book in our collection, where ever we end up.

It looks like a children's book, but it's not. There's no story, no striking characters. Only poetry and art. And, our children aren't from the prairie, so they don't know, and will never know sky, horizon, dust in the wind or flat. Or, I suppose, me.

It made one of our 3 children sad. It made her sad to realize that her childhood wasn't like that, and neither will her children's. My childhood wasn't perfect, but I do know sky, horizon, thunderclouds, sunsets (and sunrises), creeks, and absolute dark; and silence but for subtle natural sounds.

It's a very nice and beautiful little book.
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I found this book by accident and it caught my eye since I grew up in Nebraska. I bought it for Christmas presents and read it to my grandchildren on tape so they could hear Grandma telling them about her childhood which was so different from their own. This has been a main stay present for everyone in my family!
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By judith Johnson on 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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By James P Brown on 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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