A woman describes her experiences living with her husband in a sod house on the Dakota prairie.
About the Author
Ann Turner is an award-winning screenwriter and director, avid reader, and history lover. She is drawn to salt-sprayed coasts, luminous landscapes, and the people who inhabit them all over the world. She is a passionate gardener. Her films include the historical feature Celia, starring Rebecca Smart—which Time Out listed as one of the fifty greatest directorial debuts of all time; Hammers Over the Anvil, starring Russell Crowe and Charlotte Rampling; and the psychological thriller Irresistible starring Susan Sarandon, Sam Neill, and Emily Blunt. Ann has lectured in film at the Victorian College of the Arts. Returning to her first love, the written word, in her debut novel The Lost Swimmer, Ann explores themes of love, trust, and the dark side of relationships. Her second novel, Out of the Ice, a mystery thriller set in Antarctica, was published to great acclaim in Australia and will be available in the United States in 2018. Ann was born in Adelaide and lives in Victoria. Visit Ann’s website at AnnTurnerAuthor.com.
Ron Himler lives in Tucson, Arizona. An interest in American Indian culture first brought Mr. Himler to the southwest, and his work often features western subjects as well as historical themes. His paintings are frequently exhibited in galleries in the southwest. Ron Himler has illustrated more than seventy-five children’s books.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The story is about a woman who is retelling her life to a child. At first she was shocked by the conditions she had to live with; a house made out of the earth. She tells about the hardships her and her husband faced when they were trying to start their new life. She also tells how their way of life changed when they finally succeeded on their farm. She realizes that even though things were not easy, she misses the simplicity and connection with the land.The text is quite short, but what is does say, combined with the wonderful illustrations, says a lot. I like that it is done by a woman's point of view. She appreciates the finer things in life, but after her toils and tribulations, she comes to be one with nature. The story is told very simply and to the point. I like that. I can almost imagine what it wold be like to live in a dugout by the descriptions she gives.This would be a good story to use when studying about life in the old west. It would be a good book to read to supplement the curriculum. It would be good to give the students another point of view about that way of life. The students could also write about life back then by using the pictures in the book to tell their own story.
Language is rich and poetic. It is a beautiful portrayal of nineteenth century prairie life.
Well done illustrations in black and white. Story probably realistic for the content of what the pioneers went through but it did not give me the the feeling I thought it would portray of the excitement of starting a new life in a new place.