Prairie Christmas by Elizabeth Van Steenwyk

 A heartfelt story of the season can be found in Prairie Christmas by Elizabeth Van Steenwyk. Emma is disappointed when her mother, the town doctor, is called to deliver a baby on Christmas. Their plans are now ruined. She soon discovers Hansie and Will Van Der Meer’s plans have been changed too. They are missing their holiday and are anxious about the new baby’s arrival. Pushing her own feelings aside, Emma works to create a special Christmas that they will never forget.

There is so much to love about Prairie Christmas. From the touching storyline to the stunning artwork to the ability of the author to capture life in 1880’s Nebraska, this is a wonderful book. We find a modern woman as a trusted doctor. There is Emma, whose selflessness allows her to create a nice Christmas for the Van Der Meer children. There’s the down home feel of Christmas porridge,  decorating the Christmas tree, and concerned neighbors paying a visit.

Ronald Himler’s beautiful illustrations complement the author’s story in every way. The subtle warm colors make you think of home, and the gray, bleak snow pictures put you right on the early morning road between Emma’s house and the Van Der Meers’.

I highly recommend Prairie Christmas if you are looking for a meaningful unique seasonal story.

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Reading level:Ages 6 and up
  • School & Library Binding:32 pages
  • Publisher:Eerdmans Books for Young Readers; Library Binding edition (September 2006)
  • Language:English
  • ISBN-10:0802852807
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802852809
  • SRP: $17.00

I borrowed this book from our local library. This review contains my honest opinions, for which I wasn’t compensated in any way.

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