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4.53  ·  Rating details ·  195 ratings  ·  70 reviews
Prairie Lotus is a book about a girl determined to fit in and realize her dreams: getting an education, becoming a dressmaker in her father's shop, and making at least one friend. Hanna, a half-Asian girl in a small town in America's heartland, lives in 1880. Hanna's adjustment to her new surroundings, and the townspeople's prejudice against Asians, is at the heart of the ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published March 3rd 2020 by Clarion Books
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Cathy I personally would save it for 5th or 6th due to some of the content.

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Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Linda Sue Park has done those of us who grew up loving the Little House books a solid by writing this meticulously realized story of Hanna, a half Chinese girl who works as a dressmaker in her father's shop in Dakota Territory. Hanna's Chinese immigrant mother has died, and she and her white father are looking to start over by running a dry goods store in a small prairie town. Hanna is subjected to ridicule and racism, but finds solace and solidarity with other girls and women in town who ...more
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: egalley, middle-grade
I'm not typically a fan of reading this period in American history, but I was drawn to his because it featured a main character I'd never seen in this sitting in literature before.

This book was amazing. Hanna is a likeable, relatable character. Though the setting is historical, the issues are timeless. Hanna deals with racism, making new friends, striving for independence, first crushes, and mourning her mother. All she wants is to graduate school (a dream of her mother's) and make dresses,
Sandy Brehl
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Dont take my word for how wonderful this book is- latest count is five starred reviews!
That wont keep me from adding my voice to cheer for Hannah and for the amazing research/writing by Linda Sue Park.
This is a perfectly balanced blend of classic settler story and nuanced counter narrative to the traditional single-story approach of Wilder and others.
Hannah is a genuinely bright, competent, self-directed girl of her time, which means that she has had to learn the ways of reshaping her fathers
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Life on the prairie gets an update with a plucky heroine; daughter of a Korean/Chinese mother and a white father. Her mother died in the California race riots, so Hanna and her father relocate to a town that is modeled after DeSmet in the Little House books and decide to open a dry goods store to sell fabrics. Included in the story are Hanna's experiences in a one-room schoolhouse. Twice in the narrative Hanna interacts with native Americans that she encounters on the prairie in a respectful ...more
Lucia Galluzzo
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I don't usually like to read long books but this one really pulled me in.
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
PRAIRIE LOTUS is a book I will be recommending far and wide. Linda Sue Park admits freely that it is inspired by the Little House books, and fans of those books (who recognize their racist, one-story problems) will appreciate the care that Park has taken to tell this story. With a similar setting, Park sets out to retell the pioneer story, from the viewpoint of a half-Chinese, half-white 14 year old girl. I adore Hanna and her story, and I hope that Park will continue to write more stories about ...more
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
A bit like a middle grade version of Stacey Lee's The Downstairs Girl, Park's novel was written in part as a way for her to reconcile her love of the Little House books with their racist overtones - and as a way for Asian-American children to see themselves in history. As another minority who is frequently left out of historical narratives (because Jews weren't invented until 1938, right?), I can attest to the importance of this, and Park tells Hanna's story fluidly. More importantly, one of ...more
Abby Johnson
What a powerful story with a strong heroine on America's frontier. This book is a fabulous historical novel to hand to readers of the Little House books who like stories of strong girls in the American West. It doesn't shy away from the racism that a non-white person would have experienced, while still making this an empowering and engaging story that will appeal to a wide variety of readers.
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this!! Such important representation! (I know I wrote a longer review before, but it seems to have disappeared off GoodReads.)

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Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is fantastic. It will surely be appreciated by those who read the original Little House books as well as the next generation who deserve this compassionate and compelling update. The care she took with the historical details is amazing. Highly recommend!
Lorrie Kim
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Linda Sue Park must have read and loved Laura Ingalls Wilders Little House books as much as I did as a kid.

Reading about Hanna in Prairie Lotus hits some deep emotional beats I remember living through with Laura: School trouble. Recitations. Hoop skirts going through doorways. Oranges. Dresses of fine lawn. Theres a Laura-like character named Bess, the name that the real-life Almanzo Wilder called his wife. Even the large-print font looks like the font of the Little House books. Some of these
Ms. Yingling
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus

Hanna and her father leave Los Angeles after her mother is killed in racial incidents in 1880 and go to the Dakota territory to start over. Their plan is to open a dry goods store and, as Hanna hopes, a dress shop where she can work. A good friend of her father, Mr. Harris, is supportive, but Hanna is worried because her mother was half Chinese and half Korean (and raised by American missionaries), and there is no one who looks like her on the prairie. When she
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Look, it ain't getting 5 stars for giving me a "Wow!" feeling, because it was written for kids younger than me. It gets 5 stars because half-and-half RIGHTS!! Do you know how many other books I can name with a half-Asian, half-white character off the top of my head? One, and it's not a very good one too. Books about the children of immigrants just aren't the same, because their identity struggle doesn't include a only semi-Asian upbringing. This book deserves ALL THE RIGHTS for that reason ...more
Kate Waggoner
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: middle grade readers, teachers, librarians, upper elementary readers
Shelves: 2020-read
Thank you to NetGalley, Clarion Books, and Linda Sue Parker for sharing an advance copy of Prairie Lotus which will be published on March 3, 2020. All opinions are my own.

Hanna is a young half-Asian girl living with her father in the small, newly formed town of LaForge, South Dakota during the 1880s. Her mother, who died three years ago, was Chinese and a seamstress. She passed down her love and talent for sewing to Hanna. Hanna's father started moving them east away from Los Angeles following
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Linda Sue Park, like so many readers, was a childhood devotee of the Little House books. Also like many, she was bothered by some of what was said and what was left out in terms of race but she loved the stories deeply. As she says in her wonderful Author's Note, she wrote Prairie Lotus "as an attempt at a painful reconciliation." I think she does a wonderful job of honoring what so many young readers loved about the LH books and making a very successful job of including another side of the ...more
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Linda Sue Park is one of my favorite authors who writes historical fiction for young teens. I loved her Newbery Award winning book, A Single Shard.

Park is a Korean American and most of her stories include Korean characters. She shares that the Laura Ingalls Wilder Little House books inspired this story.

The main character in Prairie Lotus is a girl, Hanna, who is mixed race - part Chinese and part Caucasian. The story revolves around the adjustments she is experiencing after her Chinese mother
Allison Parker
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When Hanna arrives with her father to the developing town LaForge in the Dakota Territory, she knows what to do. Use the back streets. Look down. Wear a bonnet that covers her face, even in school, at least for a while. Papa doesn't want any trouble. And trouble usually follows when people see that Hanna is half-Chinese. Sure enough, when Hanna's identity becomes known, their neighbors start holding their children back from school, outraged that a Chinese person be educated alongside their kin. ...more
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
First sentence: Should be our last day, Papa said when they stopped to make camp.

Premise/plot: Hanna and her father are newly moved to Dakota territory; the year is 1880. Her dad will be opening up a dress goods shop once the building is completed. Hanna, meanwhile, hopes to graduate with her diploma and fulfill her moms dream. But it wont be easy because Hanna is half-Chinese. There is some question whether shell be allowed to attend school. She doesnt need the diploma, but she wants it. Her
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
This book was received as an ARC from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's Book Group - Clarion Books in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

I am a fan of Linda Sue Park and have not read a book that I did not like. Prairie Lotus focused on an Asian girl named Hanna who ends up in a small town and learns the small town lifestyle and what it means to get an education, a job as a dressmaker in her father's shop, and earn the
Nicole Misra
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow, I'm so fulfilled after reading Linda Sue Park's "Lotus Prairie," a tale of a half-Chinese, half-white girl set in the Frontier era of America.

Maybe a few years ago, you heard of the racism in Laura Ingalls Wilder books. I grew up with, read, visited her home sites, and even dressed up as her having loved the books from childhood. The racism in her books have to do with negative portrayals of Native peoples as well as the fact that settlers were dissettling (and breaking treaties with)
Michelle Kidwell
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Prairie Lotus
by Linda Sue Park

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Childrens Book Group

Clarion Books

Childrens Fiction

Pub Date 03 Mar 2020

I am reviewing a copy of Prairie Lotus through Houghton Mifflin Harvourt Childrens Book Group/Clarion Books and Netgalley:

Hanna is a half Asian girl in the Heartland of America in the 1880s. Shes new to town, and has to adjust to her new surroundings and with that comes to deal which means having to deal with the towns almost unanimous prejudice against Asians.

Hanna could
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Two words, Instant Classic. I know those words carry weight but what else do you call a book you can't stop talking about. No matter how you feel about Little House on the Prairie you have to fall in love with Hanna and her grit. As a half Chinese girl new to Dakota in the 1800s being raised by her white father, Hanna faces nothing but adversity. As an unlikely advocate for this genre I know many teachers out there that would gladly welcome this addition to not only their curriculum but also ...more
Amanda Workman
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A lovely story set the same sphere as Little House on the Prairie series. Hanna is biracial; her mother is Chinese her father white. After the death of her mother she and her father leave San Francisco in search of a new place. Her father wants to open a dress shop and Hannas biggest dream is to graduate school and design and make dresses. They reach the new town of La Forge in the Dakotas. Hannas father immediately buys a plot and starts building his shop and Hanna is excited about school and ...more
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I went into this book not sure what to expect. I am a fan of Linda Sue Park, but not of the original Little House books. Not because of any of the current issues that concern adults about these books, but because I found them boring as I did most historical fiction. Prairie Lotus was anything but boring. I loved the characters and I could see the parallels to the Wilder books which Park was a fan of growing up, but she goes so far beyond them. I found her author's note to be as interesting as ...more
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In Prairie Lotus, Park introduced readers to Hanna, a fourteen year old half Caucasian half Chinese girl traveling to a new Midwestern town with her father, circa 1880. Hanna experiences racism in a variety of ways, from name calling, being ignored and having town parents refuse to send their children to school with her, all the way to being assaulted by a man in broad daylight. Rest assured, all of the scenes, including the assault, are written in a way appropriate for middle grade readers. ...more
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A fresh and heartfelt tale reminiscent of Ingalls Wilder's "Little House on the Prairie" series without the disturbing dismissal of minorities!

It was a true joy to read this gem of a book. Linda Sue Park's protagonist is a half-Caucasian, half-Chinese American who moves to the Dakota Territory with her father. He hopes to build a store in the emerging town of LaForge. Hanna hopes to graduate from school and become a dressmaker. But the townspeople, unaccustomed to people who look like Hanna,
As someone who still has cloth-bound copies of the Little House books on her shelves, I can remember my childhood delight and excitement of those stories just as Linda Sue Park does. She has found a loving way to honor her younger self who loved those books, and a mostly gentle, but at time steely, way of showing what Wilder either left out or got wrong with PRAIRIE LOTUS.

Hanna is a fully fleshed-out character and never feels like a stand-in for Laura. Here plight, as someone seen as 'other',
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

What an INCREDIBLE book. As I was reading it, I couldnt help but think that this is the kind of book that Little House on the Prairie could have been. In it, the protagonist, a 14-year-old half white-half Chinese girl named Hanna experiences microaggressions, overt racism, and violence while living on the prairie in the late 1800s.

As she experiences all of this, she gives us a glimpse into the toll those actions takethe
Franny Burd
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
*Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an ARC in return for a fair and honest review.
For lovers of Little House on the Prairie who enjoy reading about the reality of life during that time period. This is the story of a young girl living with her father in the fairly new town of DeSmet, SD. Hanna's half-Asian ancestry brings trouble and racism into her quiet life, as some townspeople question her right to attend the local school. I consider myself to be a fairly intelligent and well-read
Jessica Harrison
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Told from Hannas perspective, Prairie Lotus immediately sucks you in. There are many parallels between it and Wilders work, but instead of the white perspective, you get that of a girl who sees much of herself mirrored in the eyes of the Native Americans she encounters.

Hanna is a character you immediately want to root for strong, intelligent and determined. Though 14, Hanna is wise beyond her years. Her experience is emotional and empowering.

Park is an excellent storyteller. Her descriptions of
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Linda Sue Park is a Korean American author of children's fiction. Park published her first novel, Seesaw Girl, in 1999. To date, she has written six childrens novels and five picture books for younger readers. Parks work achieved prominence when she received the prestigious 2002 Newbery Medal for her novel A Single Shard.


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