Betsy and her family live on the wide Nebraska prairie. Homesteads are few and far between, and she wishes she had a friend to visit with.
Then a new family, with a daughter named Emmeline, comes to the prairie. Betsy is certain she'll have a friend at last, but Emmeline misses the city she left behind. Can Betsy help Emmeline learn to appreciate her new home? Will they ever be friends?
Stacey Schuett's warm, rich art illuminates Nancy Smiler Levinson's gentle portrait of mid-nineteenth century prairie life, community, and friendship.
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Nancy Smiler Levinson has written many popular books for young readers, including Magellan and the First Voyange Around the World and the I Can Read Books Clara and the Bookwagon, illustrated by Carolyn Croll, and Snowshoe Thompson, illustrated by Joan Sandin. She lives in Beverly Hills, California.From School Library Journal:
Grade 1-3-Betsy lives with her family on the Nebraska prairie. The adults and children on the widely scattered farms look forward to periodic get-togethers, such as the husking bee described in the first chapter, but Betsy pines for a friend. Then, a new family relocates nearby. The Fitzroys have moved from the city, and their daughter, Emmeline, is Betsy's age. In anticipation of the girl's arrival, Betsy eagerly makes her a cornhusk doll, but Emmeline doesn't seem to like it; in fact, she seems cold and unfriendly. Betsy soon discovers that the girl is simply having a hard time adjusting to her new home. Levinson evokes prairie life with a few well-chosen details. Settlers exchange gifts of buffaloberry jam, plum pudding, and candles, while the children amuse themselves with simple games. Betsy's family lives in a sod cabin; their new neighbors settle into a dugout. Colorful artwork on every page adds to the appeal of this easy-reader. Children will empathize with Betsy's longing for a friend, and enjoy this glimpse of pioneer life.
Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA
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Book Description HarperCollins, 2003. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. 1. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0060280026