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Prairie Winter

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  30 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
The Cresbard school means a lot to Rachel Johnson. It means classes with a beloved teacher, important band rehearsals and time to hang out with Winnie and Darren. But the most dangerous winter that Rachel has ever known is about to descend on Cresbard, marooning her on the farm.
Paperback, 228 pages
Published January 3rd 2011 by Houghton Mifflin (first published January 1st 2009)
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Feb 21, 2016 Manybooks rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: older children, especially girls who like warm family stories, stories about farming life
The final book in a series of three, loosely based on author Bonnie Geisert's own childhood experiences growing up on a farm in the American Midwest of the 1950s, I really enjoyed Prairie Winter. Both entertaining and poignant, it is a real, slice-of-life description of what life was like in the farming communities of the American Midwest (and not all that long ago), and how severe winters could not only be dangerous, but could strand farmers and even whole communities and towns for months on en ...more
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Based on the author's childhood in the 1950s, Prairie Winter continues the story of Rachel Johnson [first seen in Prairie Summer & Lessons:]. During the harsh winter of 1955-56, Rachel and the rest of the Johnson girls experience some changes among the Johnson family and some special memories of life and school in South Dakota. It was an interesting little book; reminded me a lot of how my grandmother lived during that time. She too lived on a farm isolated from the bigger towns but she did ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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Rachel and her sisters are country girls in their small South Dakota town. Each day they take the long bus ride to school. Rachel enjoys all that school offers: friends, a good teacher, and music lessons. Her life is in the town, not at home with all her chores.

It all changes during the winter of 1956. Severe storms threaten the area and close school many times. Rachel prays for school each day instead of being stuck shoveling and working with the livest
Melissa Dwyer
Originally rated G by J. Smith
This book is a sequel to Prairie Summer and Prairie Lessons. The setting of the book is Winter of 1956. Girls will enjoy reading this book.
Meghan M
Mar 10, 2010 Meghan M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. My grandpa first got me hooked on it because he said the winter he went through was just like that. I finished this book in a couple weeks because i really liked it. its about this girl and her family going through a really bad winter.
Robert Beveridge
Bonnie Geisert, Prairie Winter (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009)

Despite being well above the target age for this book, and probably of the wrong sex as well, I can't say I'm entirely unfamiliar with girlhood fifties period pieces (thanks recently to the Beany Malone books); I do at least have some sort of footing on which to judge this against something that might be considered a peer. And yet the aggressive bucolicism of the Beany Malone books has nothing on Prairie Winter, Geisert's third nove
This is a perfectly nice story about rural living in the 1950s. I liked the voice of the narrator, 12-year-old Rachel. I also liked her intelligence, hard work, and love for school. There's no gripping plot here; it's more a depiction of a family and a way of life. He first chapter is a bit heavy-handed with Christian messages (there's quite a bit about honoring fathers and mothers), but the overt Christian-ness doesn't extend any farther into the book. Family, honesty and hard work are importan ...more
Oct 25, 2011 Tammy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Prairie Winter by Bonnie Geisert

Even though this a book for children, I thought it was a great book. It really gave some perspective of what children in those times went through. Kids these days would not know what to do if they had to live their lives remotely like that. I really made me stop and think I good I even have it. I would recommend this for adults too, not just children.

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Feb 25, 2016 Alyssa Soethout rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: band, hotels
it was really good but they got way to much snow
Dec 07, 2011 Zoe rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to like this book (it's actually the third in a series, but it stands alone) but I didn't. Having recently re-read "The Long Winter" by Laura Ingalls Wilder, this book just didn't have the same spark and drama as the other.
Dec 02, 2009 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this for the Amazon vine program. I called it Little House 1955 style. A very enjoyable story about the winter in South Dakota, for older elementary students.
Mar 18, 2013 Mikayla rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I didn't finish it because it was so similar to 'Lessons'.
Jan 30, 2013 PWRL marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-new
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Apr 20, 2010 Chan Kah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
so sweet
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Bonnie Geisert grew up on a farm near Cresbard, South Dakota, and her childhood adventures there inspired many of the events in her Prairie trilogy. Ms.Geisert now lives in a small town in northern Illinois, where she still revels in beautiful prairie winters.
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