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 Product Detail - If You're Not From the Prairie

If you're not from the prairie…
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The initial premise of the poem -- if you're not from the prairie, you can't understand wind, cold, grasses, and such -- mellows out by the end as "you" and "I" agree to understand each other because we share the same sun. The colorful acrylic paintings, however, draw you in immediately rather than insist that you can't understand. Ripplinger's images catch the vastness of prairie living, with a strong sense of the flat expanses of the horizon, and the vastness of the sky. This is a world of children on the prairie, physically lying on the land, playing in the mud, walking through the snow. The book affectionately shows farm life on flatland, wherever the land is.