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Under a Prairie Sky
By author: Anne Laurel Carter   Illustrated by: Alan & Lea Daniel
Selling Points: Responsibility, prairie, family
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Apr/01/2004
Pages: 32
Picture Book
Price:  $7.95
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As a storm looms in the prairie sky, a boy must ride out to find his wayward younger brother, Will. He dons his red serge coat and stetson hat, saddles up and begins the search. "You can't hide from a Mountie," he calls, but Will roams far, eluding him as the storm closes in. The storm threatens, the older boy searches, confident and determined, the younger boy wanders, oblivious to all but his own delight. Through her spare text and attention to detail, Anne Laurel Carter draws the three threads of the story together with characteristic skill. Daniels' watercolor illustrations do full justice to the prairie landscape and to the children, horses and other creatures that inhabit it.
CITY Parent - October 1, 2003
"Told in poetic prose with magical illustrations . . . this is a delightful candidate for reading aloud."
CM Magazine - September 20, 2002
"While the story is rivetting on its own, the carefully researched text and illustrations provide the young reader with a rich and fascinating historical and geographical resource." "Highly Recommended."
Resource Links - September 1, 2002
"The illustrations are full of gold, red, pink and yellow and capture the prairie landscape and the expressions of the characters perfectly."
School Library Journal - June 1, 2002
"This is a gentle story, set against a dramatic and interesting backdrop."
Booklist - May 15, 2002
"Carter's brief, lyrical text brings the sights and sounds of the Prairie Provinces to life in a way that will help children see the prairie as more than just grass."

Awards

CLA Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award nominee, short-listed  CA  2003
CCBC Our Choice starred selection, commended  CA  2003
CLA Book of the Year for Children nominee, short-listed  CA  2003
Mr. Christie's Book Award, winner  CA  2003
SYRCA Shining Willow nominee, short-listed  CA  2004
Resource Links "The Year's Best", commended  CA  2002


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