Cloth 40 pages 6.5 x 8.25 inches full color illustrations ISBN: 9780979894039
Recipient of the Gold Medal for Distinctive Illustration, Mom's Choice Awards, 2009
Recipient of the Silver Medal for Fantasy, Myths, and Legends, Juvenile Books, Ages 5-8
In western South Dakota, a young girl named Annie finds a prairie dog stuck in a trap. She frees the little animal, and her kindness leads to adventure. Whisked underground to a land of gnomes, Annie realizes that her life on a prairie farm might not be so bad after all.
Real prairie dogs near where Annie lived
The Prairie-Dog Prince mixes classic European fantasy with modern American writing and traditional American Indian beliefs. Writing in 1901, Eva Katharine Gibson added to the new genre of American fairy tales inspired by authors such as L. Frank Baum. Award-winning artist Carolyn Digby Conahan brings this timeless story up to date with modern illustrations.
"The Prairie-Dog Prince is a charming little tale incorporating aspects of both American Indian legends and German folklore. Annie is a young girl who lives on the prairie and finds out how an act of kindness can lead to other decisions that will impact her life. She learns that sometimes the choices that we make are not really the ones that will make us the happiest. In true fable form, lessons are learned and we are reminded that it is the small things in life that we need to appreciate. This is a quiet little story with delightful artwork, the best of which are the ones of the underground world."—LibraryThing Early Reviewer
"Eva Katharine Gibson’s The Prairie-Dog Prince was adapted from the 255 page Zauberlinda: The Wise Witch, written by the same author and published in 1901. This recent adaptation has resulted in a much shorter story than the original, however it is a strong, fully satisfying and quite enchanting tale. In addition, the illustrations are superb. I whole-heartedly recommend this book.
I found the young heroine, Annie, to be far more likable in this new adaptation than was Annie in Zauberlinda. As in most fairy tales, our heroine learns that it is one’s choices in life that determine the quality of that life. Without revealing the content of the story, Annie learns to follow her kind heart and her good instincts while she discovers the difference between monetary wealth and true riches, as well as recognizing the more elusive line that exists between simple knowledge and great wisdom.
Carolyn Digby Conahan’s illustrations are absolutely marvelous in depicting the characters and the scenes. These splendid paintings are filled with motion and grace, and show effective use of light and shadow. Early in the story, Annie’s little feet are pictured wearing stiff high-laced shoes typical of those worn by a girl living on the prairie over a hundred years ago. The story progresses, Annie removes those stiff shoes and journeys away from her present surroundings into a hidden world. One can almost see and feel her toes wiggle in every scene that follows. Facial expressions come alive, as the illustrations convey the feelings and moods of the characters."—www.LibraryThing.com
"Having just visited South Dakota this summer, I loved the idea of being able to read the early review of The Prairie-Dog Prince. It has rewarded handsomely with a truly charming story that brings together elements of life on the prairie, Lakota and German folk tales to tell how one little girl has quite the adventure involving prairie dogs (of course), the Wind Cave, underground gnome kingdoms, and the rewards of helping others. This is an adaptation of a novel published in 1901 (Zauberlinda) and well represents a touch of progressive values from that time. The illustrations are wonderful, and I look forward to seeing them in full glory when I purchase a real copy upon release. And I am likely to grab a few more for gifts too!"—www.LibraryThing.com
"The Prairie Dog Prince is a charming moral fable in the tradition of Mrs Molesworth's The Cuckoo Clock or E. Nesbit's House of Arden and as such, an excellent introduction to a rich body of children's literature. Little truly outstanding fantasy in this genre has been written for the picture-book set (from 4 to 8 years old or thereabouts)—The Tailor of Gloucester springs to mind and perhaps Tatsinda, but precious few others—and this spirited adaptation of a longer 19th-century work helps to fill this gap in children's literature. I highly recommend it to parents hoping to introduce their children to the rich language and imagery of Nesbit, Molesworth and Edward Eager in another year or two."—www.LibraryThing.com
"This handsome picture book features whimsical color illustrations by Carolyn Digby Conahan."—The Baum Bugle
"This is a fairy tale, as the subtitle gently hints, not a natural history, but young readers will find much to learn, even if with only a glancing nod to natural history. Wishes, morals, and fantasy are the stars in this story, all holding up well a century after they were first penned."—The Bloomsbury Review