Winner of a Gold Medal from the Mom's Choice Awards for children's chapter books, age 5-8.
Winner of a Bronze Medal from the Moonbeam Children's Book Awards for juvenile fiction, early readers.
Read more about the award for The Discontented Gopher.
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The Discontented Gopher is a story about making and living with tough decisions. At a young age, Zikky the Gopher must leave his mother’s burrow and choose his path into the future. Riches abound, adventure beckons, and danger lurks around every corner. Ultimately, wisdom is hard earned in this allegorical story.
Author L. Frank Baum was inspired to write this tale about the choice between riches and happiness, as well as other fables and short stories, by the people, prairie animals, and scenery he knew in Aberdeen, Dakota Territory, before the turn of the last century. Published now for the first time in book form and fully illustrated by Carolyn Digby Conahan, this is a wise and wonderful story for children of all ages.
The Discontented Gopher is the first book in the Prairie Tales series of children’s books. The next book in the series will be Zitkala-Sa’s Dance in a Buffalo Skull.
"Conahan's work transforms Baum's hundred-year-old magazine story into a fine modern picture-storybook, adding new dimensions and appeal."—J. L. Bell, OzandEnds.com
“Skillfully illustrated by Cricket magazine staff artist Carolyn Digby Conahan”—The Midwest Book Review
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"Carolyn Digby Conahan's updated illustrations are warm and endearing."—The Baum Bugle
"Carolyn gives The Discontented Gopher a refreshingly updated look while remaining true to Baum's original style."—Entro, the magazine of the Mom's Choice Awards
"A knowledgeable introduction . . . and delightful illustrations"—The Baum Bugle
"Superb illustrations update classic children's tale."—Entro, the magazine of the Mom's Choice Awards
"A Wonderful American fairy tale. . . . Digby Conahan's delightful illustrations lend visual appeal to Baum's vivid story."—Rapid City Journal
"The supremely talented artist Carolyn Digby Conahan's . . . illustrations are vivid and colorful."—Entro, the magazine of the Mom's Choice Awards
"Amongst the most charming illustrations in the book, created by artist Carolyn Digby Conahan, is the young hero—fat and lethargic in his herringbone coat and vest—lounging in front of the fireplace in his easy chair made of corn cobs, surrounded by kernels of corn and family photos."—North Dakota History
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