Item description for Prairie Christmas by Elizabeth Van Steenwyk & Ronald Himler...
Overview On the Nebraska prairie in 1880, eleven-year-old Emma finds a way to celebrate the spirit of Christmas while her mother, a midwife, delivers a baby on Christmas Eve.
Publishers Description Eleven-year-old Emma is disappointed when her mother, a doctor, has to deliver a baby on Christmas Day. But when she arrives with Mama at the house, Emma realizes she isn't the only one whose Christmas has been interrupted.
With warm pencil-and-watercolor illustrations, this story offers a glimpse of life on the prairie in the 1800s. And, like Emma, readers will be reminded that easing someone else's pain can often help ease their own.
Awards and Recognitions Prairie Christmas by Elizabeth Van Steenwyk & Ronald Himler has received the following awards and recognitions -
Nevada Young Readers' Award - 2010 Nominee - Picture Book category
Citations And Professional Reviews Prairie Christmas by Elizabeth Van Steenwyk & Ronald Himler has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Booklist - 09/15/2006 page 68
School Library Journal - 10/01/2006 page 101
Kirkus Review - Children - 11/01/2006 page 1134
Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/2007 page 48
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2007 page 134
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 1569
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Studio: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.28" Width: 10.18" Height: 0.39" Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2006
Publisher WM. B. EERDMANS PUBLISHING CO.
Grade Level Grade School
ISBN 0802852807 ISBN13 9780802852809
Availability 0 units.
More About Elizabeth Van Steenwyk & Ronald Himler
"Elizabeth Van Steenwyk" has written more than twenty books for young readers. The recipient of the Texas Bluebonnet Award and Vermont's Rebecca Caudill Award, Elizabeth lives in San Marino, California with her family.
Elizabeth Van Steenwyk currently resides in San Marino, in the state of California.
Reviews - What do customers think about Prairie Christmas?
"It is a night for gifts" Dec 7, 2006
This lovely picture book tells the familiar Christmas story with a unique way. Emma accompanies her mother out into the cold prairie night one Christmas Eve to help a neighbor deliver a baby. Unusual for the 1800s' Emma's mother is the local doctor. Emma is only 11, but she's accompanied her mother many times and knows how long it can take a baby to arrive; it seems a little unfair to Emma that they will not have a Christmas. Emma soon realizes that she can give the gift of comfort to the two young children who are worried about their mother. And when three men from neighborhing farms appear at the door with cookies, a lamb and a goat, readers will start to recognize elements of the traditional nativity story. Pencil and watercolor illustrations reflect the cold of the prairie night and the warmth of a family's love. The story is a bit longer and complex for the youngest listeners; it would work best with one-on-one reading or small groups of children in grades 1 and up.