My Prairie Year: Based on the Diary of Elenore Plaisted

Brett Harvey, Author, Deborah Kogan Ray, Author, Deborah Kogan Ray, Illustrator
Brett Harvey, Author, Deborah Kogan Ray, Author, Deborah Kogan Ray, Illustrator Holiday House $13.95 (40p) ISBN 978-0-8234-0604-3
Reviewed on: 04/01/1988
Release date: 04/01/1988
Elenore Plaisted was nine in 1889, when her family moved from Maine to the Dakotas. Later on, she wrote a retrospective diary of those years, which her granddaughter has now shaped into a story about a family's first year on the prairie. The first night in their new home they had to put blankets on the walls to block the wind. Storms came up quickly. Even a child used to Maine winters found the prairie blizzards intolerable. Spring finally came, seemingly hurried along by the arrival of a surprise package from Aunt Addie back home. Ray's black-and-white pencil illustrations would be almost too somber for the vivid text, were it not for the realistic, snug detailsa wooden bucket for washing floors, a child's blanket, the cylindrical stove in the center of their home. Young readers may whet their appetites here and go on to the Laura Ingalls Wilder series. (8-12)
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