Prairie Anna, historical fiction for young readers by Peggy House, tells the story of Anna, the middle daughter in a family of Russian immigrants. Most of Anna’s life is decided for her—what to study, which chores to do, when to eat and sleep. Everyone in her family works hard to survive the bitter winters and blazing summers of the prairie. But when hardship takes her away from familiar places and loved ones, Anna must decide what to do with the one choice she is given.
“Shucks,” grumbled Gordon. “She ate that whole candy bar without leaving a scrap for me.” He pecked his way through the Nutty Crunch wrapper leaving sweet sprinkles in the sand. “Yesterday I munched Star Chomp, but do you think I can find a crumb today? Scram!” squawked Gordon to the other sea gulls who landed near the community trash can. “Got it?” "Find more fries you don’t want to share?” smirked Wembly as he flew away...
A full day with the student body at North Pole Elementary School on Snowman Lane was this author’s delight. We read from both Prairie Anna and Junk Food Gordon, blitzing the kids with the message that choices matter: food choices or
On Sunday October 1st, thirty-one authors convened in the West-Mark Hotel, Fairbanks, Alaska to present their published work. One child, Hannah, who won the read-a-thon over all the student body in the Fairbanks Public Schools sat at my table with
Enjoyed meeting all the authors committed to children’s literature at Alaska’s Cross Content Literacy Conference. Each of us has a slightly different take on how we define, write, and present literature. But we have one thing in common: kids.
At the invitation of SCBWI, Anna along with Gordon flew into Ann Arbor – of all days – September 9th game day. It was a winning day—shown by crowds of visitors in good spirits. The following day, Anna and Gordon, joined thirty-one other authors at
Students at Lansing Christian surprised this author by guessing the purpose of a soap stone, before even knowing it’s given name. Soapstone was the name given to a foot warmer used during Prairie Anna’s time. Some grades of it may