Prairie Christmas

Prairie Christmas

By Elizabeth Van Steenwyk; Ronald Himler (Illustrator)

Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780802852809, 32pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2006

Description
Eleven-year-old Emma is disappointed when she learns her mother, a doctor, has to deliver a baby on Christmas Day. But when she arrives with Mama at the house, Emma realizes she isn't the only one whose Christmas has been interrupted. Young Hansie and Will are sad about missing the holiday and anxious about their new sibling's arrival. Overcoming her own feelings of frustration, Emma works to create a special Christmas that the two young children won't forget.

With warm pencil-and-watercolor illustrations, this Christmas story offers a glimpse of life on the prairie in the 1800s. And, like Emma, young readers will be reminded that easing someone else's pain can often help ease their own.



About the Author
Elizabeth Van Steenwyk is the author of more than sixty-five books for children. She lives in California where she and her family run a winery and an alpaca farm.

Ronald Himler has illustrated many fine books for children, including "The Log Cabin Quilt" by Ellen Howard, winner of the Christopher Award; and "Fly Away Home" and "The Wall," both by Eve Bunting and both American Library Association Notable Books for Children and "School Library Journal" Best Books of the Year. He lives in Tucson, Arizona.