Prairie Days


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Margaret K. McElderry Books May 2020

A delicate, stunning account of life on the prairie from Newbery medalist Patricia MacLachlan.

Cool summer mornings begin with the rose orange sun and the smell of earth, and fade into hot summer nights with a yellow moon, covered in a quilt of stars. There are wagon rides, farm dogs, trips into town, and games of kick the can. These are prairie days.

Patricia MacLachlan applies her lyrical, sparse voice and vibrant, tender art from Micha Archer to transport readers to the prairie of her youth in this stunning celebration of the beauty in the world.---from the publisher

40 pages            978-1442441910               Ages 4-8

Keywords: prairie, family, farm life, 20th century, nature, historical fiction, 4 year old, 5 year old, 6 year old, 7 year old, 8 year old, heritage, memories


Newbery winner MacLachlan depicts days gone by and harkens readers back to much simpler times (Wyoming, 1940s)  when the sky was big, life was slow, families were close, dogs slept on front porches and horses grazed in nearby fields. Farm life as the author remembers it is tranquil and lovely.

Mixed media illustrations done in ink, acrylic, tissue paper and origami create a unique texture in the art by Micha Archer. This little picture book could win it all!

Heartfelt, lyrical prose capture moments in time and childhood bliss. Every childhood should have memories of complete happiness!

Highly, highly recommended. Prairie Days is the most beautiful picture book of 2020!

Recommended by:  Pamela Thompson, Librarian, Author, Blogger, Florida USA

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