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Title: Plowie: A Story from the Prairie
Publisher: Harcourt Childrens Books, Orlando, Florida, U.S.A.
Publication Date: 1994
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Good+
Signed: Inscribed by Author(s)
Book Type: Book
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While helping plow, a young girl on the Iowa prairie finds a porcelain doll that becomes her best friend and, eventually, a family legacy passed down through generations.From School Library Journal:
PreSchool-Grade 3-A homespun bit of family history has been recorded by this author and illustrator. The title character is a china doll, discovered by a long-ago grandmother when the prairie sod is plowed, hence the name. Though the explanation that some pioneer child must have lost it during her journey across the prairie 50 years before is posited, the doll's strange emergence from the soil is not to be so easily explained away. It becomes one of the girl's treasured possessions, and the narrative follows as Plowie is passed on through generations in a small bed made from a simple box and clothing made from gingham scraps. It is clear that the doll is important to the teller, but the story is insignificant. Unfortunately, the illustrations don't help much. With a primitive style recalling Grandma Moses, the flat, opaque watercolors have none of the charm but all of the amateurishness of the folk artist. The figures are awkwardly posed, their features and outlines blurry and indistinct. The doll does not become lovable, but remains an odd little detail in the pictures, eerily luminescent, frontally nude until clothes are made for her, and sometimes so small that she gets lost as the focal point of an illustration. This may be a meaningful tale for the Kirkpatrick family, but it does not translate well for the rest of us.
Ruth K. MacDonald, Bay Path College, Longmeadow, MA
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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