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If You're Not From The Prairie by David…

If You're Not From The Prairie

by David Bouchard, Henry Ripplinger (Illustrator)

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A story of home. North Dakota in my case. ( )
  caseybp | Dec 26, 2016 |
4.5 stars

This is a picture book/book of poetry that celebrates the North American prairies. The poetry describes the sun, the wind, the grass, the snow and more. David Bouchard went to school in the same Southern Saskatchewan town as I did, and the words really bring the place back to life, as do the amazing illustrations, which look just like it! This book brought back all those memories, so vividly, between the poetry and the illustrations. It's a beautiful book that describes it all perfectly - beautiful words and beautiful illustrations! ( )
  LibraryCin | Jan 3, 2014 |
Both David Bouchard's poetical text (evocative of the weather, the sights, the sounds, the whole feeling of being on or near the prairie) and Henry Ripplinger's lush full-page paintings are a real treat for the senses (for both adults and children, although adults, especially those adults who live or have lived in provinces like Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, the American Mid-West might, in fact, appreciate [b:If you're not from the prairie...|1264282|If you're not from the prairie...|David Bouchard|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1328838878s/1264282.jpg|1253154] more than children). Bouchard's text is not spectacular, but both it and Ripplinger's gorgeous accompanying artwork made me feel the prairie sun, the wind, the sound of prairie grasses, the biting cold of winter blizzards. Reading [b:If you're not from the prairie...|1264282|If you're not from the prairie...|David Bouchard|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1328838878s/1264282.jpg|1253154], I remembered my own awe at the immense, seemingly endless prairie skies, the flatness of the land, and how surprised I was at the lack of trees when we immigrated from Germany to Southern Alberta when I was a child. Recommended to anyone from the prairies and anyone interested in the prairies, this book would be perfect for the coffee table.
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  gundulabaehre | Mar 31, 2013 |
If You’re Not From The Prairie… is by Canadian-born author David Bouchard and illustrated by Henry Ripplinger. It won the Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice Award, and was nominated for the Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize and the Ontario Silver Birch Award.

If you’re not from the prairie, can you know the hot shining sun? Or the ever-constant wind, the endlessness of the grass? Can you really say you know the harshness of the blizzards in winter and the blistering cold? And will you ever truly know the heart of someone grown in the midst of the prairie, unless you’ve lived the land for yourself? In this simplistically elegant book David Bouchard explains what makes the timeless land of his childhood so special.

Even if you’re not from the prairie, this book will bring you there. The poignant poetry weaves a beautiful tapestry of the iconic sights and experiences of the Canadian prairie. Readers who have known this seemingly simple land will be whisked back as they remember lazy summer days in the ripe fields and the long winters of blistering cold. Complementing the verses are richly-detailed panoramic paintings, effortlessly capturing the glowing earth tones of the rolling land. This book is a sure favorite for any child or adult who has called the prairie home, as it gently reminds them of the unique land that made them who they are. ( )
  galc2 | Dec 5, 2012 |
Beautifully illustrated book showing life on a the prairie. ( )
  Dakota_Collegiate | Nov 26, 2010 |
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"If you're from the prairie or not it doesn't matter: this evocative book will take your breath away. David Bouchard has created a series of verses about life on the prairie that are simple, lyrical and exquisite. Henry Ripplinger's brush matches the cadence of the poetry stroke for stroke." -- T. Hershhttp://www.librarything.com/work/814597#
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This poetic tribute invites readers to experience the blazing light, cutting wind, endless sky, piercing cold, and extraordinary beauty of the prairie. It's a land of extremes, as the lyrical text and illustrations make clear, that inspires extreme devotion from its hardy inhabitants. Full color.

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Describes the feelings of enjoying nature, and how these times should be treasured.

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