Louisa loves the solitude of the Nebraska prairie and feels secure with her loving pioneer family.She idolizes the doctor's wife, Emmeline, who comes from New York City. But Emmeline cannot adjust to the harsh pioneer existence, especially the loneliness, and finally goes mad.
1986 Best Books for Young Adults (ALA)
Best of the 80's (BL)
1986 Boston Globe'Horn Book Award Honor Book for Fiction
1986 Children's Book Award (IRA)
1985 Golden Kite Award Honor Book for Fiction (SCBW)
1986 Judy Lopez Children's Book Award
1985 Golden Spur Award (Western Writers of America)
1986 Best Books for Teens (NY Public Library)
1985 Western Heritage Award
1986 Society of Midland Authors Award
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Pam Conrad wrote many award-winning books for children, including the immensely popular The Tub People and The Tub Grandfather, both illustrated by Richard Egielski. She is also the author of a number of critically acclaimed novels, including Prairie Songs, a 1986 ALA Best Children's Book of the Year and a 1985 ALA Golden Kite Honor Book, and Stonewords, winner of the 1991 Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Juvenile Mystery.From School Library Journal:
Gr 5-8 The Nebraska prairie was a barren place that offered beauty and peace to some, loneliness and madness to others. Prairie Songs provides a beautifully written insight into this contrast. Louisa and her shy brother Lester live quite contentedly with their parents when the new doctor arrives with his beautiful and fragile pregnant wife, Emmeline. All work to help the new couple adjust to harsh weather, buffalo chips, soddies and Indians; Emmeline agrees to teach the children some reading. After a terrible fright, she goes into premature labor; her baby is stillborn, and Emmeline is reduced to madness. The children notice Emmeline's loneliness and growing madness with sadness, but they accept prairie life for what it is. Conrad artfully deals with all the harsh facts in this fast-paced novel which leaves readers with a real feeling for the difficulties of pioneer life. Children may well appreciate modern medicine and communication, not to mention suburbia, after reading this poignant story. Dorcas Hand, Episcopal High School, Bellaire, Tex.
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Book Description HarperCollins, 1985. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P11006021337X
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Book Description HarperCollins, 1985. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX006021337X