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The Buffalo Storm

I have to say that when I saw this book I immediately thought it was a living book. I wasn't mistaken. It has the prairie theme, and there are a few words in it I didn't even know the meaning (boulder:An abrupt rolling or pitching, rile: to irritate or vex. The language is poetic, the story a jewel. When I was young in the mountains from the Five in a Row curriculum came to our mind, and Prairie Willow too. The illustrations of The Buffalo Storm seem to be done with pastel paint, the technique employed conveys movement, the air filled with dirt, and it captures that earthy and rustic landscape . A combination of realism and impressionism in my opinion. Now my oldest is painting the last scene of the book, and she told me, "mom, this is a cabin like the Stephen F. Austin cabin" (and it's from that period, made of logs, from the first settlers in our prairie terrains). My days are lit when I see them loving art, making connections and motivated from within to work, weather Saturday or Monday, they love working.

Prairie Willow

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