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Prairie Summer

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Rachel, ten, is having a hard time growing up on her family?s farm in South Dakota. She hates all of the hard work, and she?s scared by the wild Montana Angus cattle. Still, she works hard to do her share of the chores and to help her dad, but no matter how she tries to please him, he always seems to think she?s worthless. Set in the 1950s, Prairie Summer provides a glimpse into the adventures and dangers faced in every day farm life.

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Overview

Rachel, ten, is having a hard time growing up on her family’s farm in South Dakota. She hates all of the hard work, and she’s scared by the wild Montana Angus cattle. Still, she works hard to do her share of the chores and to help her dad, but no matter how she tries to please him, he always seems to think she’s worthless. Set in the 1950s, Prairie Summer provides a glimpse into the adventures and dangers faced in every day farm life.

A young girl demonstrates the maturity gained from her experiences growing up with three sisters on a farm in South Dakota.

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"A poignant family story that's true to a child's point of view." School Library Journal

"The text shares the thorough attention to detail that characterizes Arthur Geisert's art." Publishers Weekly

"What comes across clearly is the slow tempo of life, the feel of hot sun and gusty wind, and the closeness of family relationships." Booklist, ALA

Publishers Weekly
Well known for their intricate picture books that largely focus on the rhythms of rural America (River Town; Prairie Town), the Geiserts here expand their repertoire with fiction in the same thematic vein. It's summer in 1954 South Dakota, and 10-year-old Rachel, the third of four daughters, dislikes the difficult chores she and her sisters are assigned on the family's farm. Worse still, she seems to make mistakes at every turn, earning the disapproval of her impatient taskmaster father. But when her mother faces a medical emergency and Rachel is the only one around, Rachel at last proves to her father and herself that she is both dependable and competent. The text shares the thorough attention to detail that characterizes Arthur Geisert's art. Occasionally, the author slows the pace with painstaking passages about stacking hay or repairing fences, but on the whole she builds a strong sense of time and place. Some flashes of drama and the realistic expression of sibling rivalry create a quiet momentum. Finished art not seen by PW. Ages 8-12. (Mar.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Author Geisert has written a lively, action-filled story about a young girl's life on a farm. The opening draws you into the story with a herd of cattle running through a fence and Rachel and her sisters trying to stop the runaways. The story focuses on Rachel and her relationship with her father who doesn't seem to appreciate her. Rachel feels he is always picking on her more than her other three sisters. She doesn't understand why she can never please him. Farm life is hard and the author shows the work that is involved—from feeding the animals to fixing fences and stacking hay. The story works best when it is kept moving with action and slows down by sometimes too much description of how to perform certain farm activities such as how to stack hay. All-in-all, Prairie Summer gives a realistic picture of farm and family life and how everyone has to pitch in to keep the farm working. Eventually, Rachel works out her problems with her father and Prairie Summer ends amicably. 2002, Houghton Mifflin Company, Yannuzzi
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-Ten-year-old Rachel Johnson doesn't have the strength or courage of her older sisters. She's not little and cute like her younger sister, and no matter how hard she tries, she can't seem to please her father. However, when the early arrival of her baby brother requires daring and pluck, Rachel comes through. Later, she hears in her father's voice his pride in his daughters, and especially for Rachel for coming to her mother's assistance. Those few words help make the girl "the happiest fifth-grader in Cresbard, maybe even in all of South Dakota." Geisert skillfully uses the plot and the setting to reveal the relationships and develop the characters. Through the events of the summer, family members move toward greater understanding and appreciation of one another. The children bicker realistically, and yet band together when the occasion calls for it. The dialogue between the parents is corny and enough to embarrass any child, just as it does Rachel and her sisters. Although the story is set on a farm in the 1950s, the characters and their relationships transcend time and place. The black-and-white, pen-and-ink drawings are strategically placed. A poignant family story that's true to a child's point of view.-Carolyn Janssen, Children's Learning Center of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618212934
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 9 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Arthur Geisert's unique and exquisite etchings have been widely praised and exhibited at the Chicago Institute of Art, among other museums. His work is regularly selected for the Society of Illustrators', annual Original Art exhibition, and his illustrations are now being collected by the Dubuque Museum of Art. He lives in a converted bank in Bernard, Iowa.

Bonnie Geisert grew up on a farm near Cresbard, South Dakota, and her childhood adventures there inspired many of the events in her Prairie trilogy. Ms.Geisert now lives in a small town in northern Illinois, where she still revels in beautiful prairie winters.

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