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Under a Prairie Sky by Anne Laurel Carter
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Under a Prairie Sky

by Anne Laurel Carter

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Under a Prairie Sky features detailed, striking watercolour illustrations and the equally dramatic text. A terrific Canadian picture book read aloud for four and five year olds, Under a Prairie Sky is the story of a farm boy who aspires to be a RCMP Officer when he grows up. While harvesting wheat with his father, he is sent to find his younger brother before a storm arrives at the farm. Knowing that this is a job that will demand the detective skills of a Mounted Police Officer, he quickly changes his clothes, dons a Stetson and mounts his trusty black horse. He follows young Will’s trail through the fields and into the wild, taking in flora and fauna native to the Canadian prairies.

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  storytimestandouts | Jun 29, 2014 |
A book set in the Canadian Prairie, the main character dreams of becoming a Canadian mounty one day. He spends most of the story in search of his little brother who's gone missing just as a terrible storm is seen blowing in across the prairie. In a way, the boy gets to live out his fantasy by performing this task for parents. The language is rich and the literary devices are plentiful in this text. Great read aloud if your audience gives the mounties the respect they deserve. ( )
  matthewbloome | May 19, 2013 |
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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. The Daniels' watercolor illustrations do full justice to the prairie landscape and to the children, horses and other creatures that inhabit it. Anne Laurel Carter has always loved horses-her grandfather was a horse trainer. And when she was a little girl, she often had to look after her own active, redheaded younger brother. Anne is the author of the juvenile novel In the Clear (Orca, 2001), nominated for a Silver Birch Award, and the picture book The F Team. Alan and Lea Daniel are the illustrators of many award-winning picturebooks. They based the boys in this story on their two grandsons.

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"As a storm looms in the prairie sky, a boy rides out to find his wayward younger brother. The courageous story of one boy's exciting rescue adventure" Cf. Our choice, 2003.

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