Black-Eyed Susan
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Black-Eyed Susan

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A lyrical novel about a day in the life of a young pioneer girl growing up on the Dakota prairie is now available in a Knopf Paperback edition. This widely praised and beautifully crafted tale deftly evokes the vast expanse of the American West, the hardships faced by pioneer families, and the strong bonds of family and community.
Paperback, 128 pages
Published August 26th 1997 by Yearling (first published 1995)
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Jess Michaelangelo
This book has been on my to-read list for a long time. But when I finally got around to picking up a copy at my library, I have to admit, I wasn't expecting too much from this slim volume.

I am glad to report that I was, in fact, very wrong. This is one of those books that I know I would have loved when I was younger. Reminiscent of books like Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan and even the American Girl Meet Kirsten: An American Girl books, this is definitely for young fans of pioneer...more
Black-Eyed Susan is a book adults and children will enjoy equally. The seeming simplicity of the tale belies rich poetic images that took my breath away. The tenderness and love with which the characters interact with one another will make you feel warm all over, and maybe a renewed hope for humankind. The theme is also unusual for a children's book - Susan's mother is suffering from depression, although no one at that time knew what it was. How her daughter rouses her out of it, with the help o...more
Lisa Rathbun
This story did not pull me in. It seemed to happen too quickly, and Susan's helping her mother see the beauty of the prarie seemed to come from nowhere. Just not convincing. I'll stick with "Sarah, Plain and Tall."
Katherine melendez
I love how Susie would welcome each and every morning on the Dakota prairie with her arms wide open to the sky as well as watching the sunlight dance on the wheat fields as clouds pass through the peaceful horizon.
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