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Paulsen captures a vanishing way of life and offers a lyrical tribute to the american farm. “Paulsen’s prose is realistic and down-to-earth....Ruth Wright Paulsen’s paintings are an invitation to pause and imagine...a delight” (Christian Science Monitor). Illustrations by Ruth Wright Paulsen.

A prose poem tribute to a vanishing way of life. Award-winning writer Gary Paulsen has created a lyrical masterpiece rich with unforgettable...

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Overview


Paulsen captures a vanishing way of life and offers a lyrical tribute to the american farm. “Paulsen’s prose is realistic and down-to-earth....Ruth Wright Paulsen’s paintings are an invitation to pause and imagine...a delight” (Christian Science Monitor). Illustrations by Ruth Wright Paulsen.

A prose poem tribute to a vanishing way of life. Award-winning writer Gary Paulsen has created a lyrical masterpiece rich with unforgettable vignettes that weave a seamless fabric--stories of love and death, cold and heat, crops and stock, rolling hills and hay so sweet you could eat the grass. Never has there been such a farm story. 9 full-color paintings.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Gary Paulsen, author of adventure novels for young people, shows us a world of unremitting hard work and self-sufficiency in his powerfully elegiac account of the seasonal activities of a multigenerational farming family of Scandinavian descent on the northern Great Plains some 70 years ago. This is not exactly Lake Wobegon, but akin to it. Uncertainties and rewards provide a theme. Spring represents a time of birth for animal stock. Summer means plowing, collecting wild fruit and canning garden produce on wood stoves. Fall brings the harvest and its chores--killing animals for meat--while winter, nominally a period for the farm to rest, entails gathering firewood and logging timber a cash crop. Everybody worked, even when they relaxed at the end of the day--women quilted or crocheted, and men sharpened tools as they spun tales. Any reader with a rural background will be transported by Paulsen to the past. Illustrations not seen by PW. Sept.
Library Journal
This is a quintessential farm story filled with images of rich soil, warm sun, strong crops, sleek animals, and the ongoing cycle of labor from plowing to harvest. The people in Paulsen's tale are incidental to the work. Up before the sun, a family of work-roughened hands are always cooking and laying table, milking and harnessing horses, repairing machinery and delicately quilting. The reader is drawn in by the words and by the paintings of Paulsen's wife, Ruth Wright Paulsen, until they too feel the sweat and the strain of muscles, the heat of summer canning, the joy of a summer picnic, the ongoing rush to have enough food and just a little money to live another year on the farm. Where Richard Rhodes's Farm LJ 1/90 nails down the reality of agricultural life, Paulsen's Clabbered Dirt, Sweet Grass lets the reader dream of simpler, kinder times. This book is very well written and illustrated and will appeal to a general audience as well as one with a specific interest in farming or agriculture. Highly recommended.-- Debra Schneider, Virginia Henderson Internat. Nursing Lib., Indianapolis
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780156000529
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/30/1994
  • Pages: 140
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

GARY PAULSEN has written nearly two hundred books for young people, including the Newbery Honor Books Hatchet, Dogsong, and The Winter Room. He divides his time between a home in New Mexico and a boat on the Pacific Ocean.

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