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If You're Not From The Prairie Paperback – June 1, 1998

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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 the 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 the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 6
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin (June 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689820356
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689820359
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #577,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I am not a prairie native and loved how this book has shown me why the heartland has captured the hearts of so many. My three year old wants to check this book out from the library every time we go - I finally am buying our own copy and will probably use it as a coffetable book for awhile! The illustrations evoke memories as well as feelings my family has shared in small Nebraska towns. HOORAy for this book!
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By A Customer on September 3, 1999
Format: Hardcover
this book is beautifully done. the words paint pictures and the pictures tell a story. i read it to my 3rd grade class and am planning to buy one for my 83 year old father for christmas!!
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This is an awesome book! Coming from Eastern South Dakota (plains) it is just so perfect! I taught a lesson to students (4th grade) who live in Western South Dakota (the Black Hills) and we compared the two regions of South Dakota. We then wrote a poem that used the author's structure as a guide. We entitled the poem "If you're not from the Black Hills..." It went over great and the kids loved it! It also correlates to 4 state standards and probably many more! This book made me cry! Awesome!
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By A Customer on August 23, 1998
Format: Hardcover
The words and paintings combine to tell the best of the prairie to the rest of the world. It also manages to remind those of us who live here why we wouldn't live anywhere else. We use this book for a variety of programs, children and adult, at our small museum. It appeals to both groups with its graceful text and enchanting art. I have three copies, one I read to my niece, the other two are framed on the wall.
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Format: Paperback
This is a wonderfully warm and inviting depiction of the plains region. For those of us who are from the prairie, the book stirs appreciation and love for the land that has helped shape us. For those who are not from the prairie, the author offers a viewpoint that helps in understanding the beauty of the land and the people of the plains.
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I heard about this picture book from a teacher at my high school who uses it to talk about identity and how we get to know other people and their cultures. He also has students write their own poems/books and they kids love it. I like that the book is a poem, there is repetitive structure on each page so it's easy for kids to follow/copy the style, and the author really shows the reader what is important from his culture, where he comes from.
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For those who are older (plus 60) and those younger folks (like my children) who have grown up with many of these scenes and places similar to those in the book, David Bouchard's story is a wonderful, evocative memory trip back to a more tranquil time in our lives. I thoroughly recommend it for anyone who wants to recall or use as a pathway to discussing those times.
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Format: Hardcover
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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