Dakota Dugout

Illustrated by Ronald Himler
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About The Book

Tell you about the prairie years? I'll tell you, child, how it was.
And through a combination of spare, poetic text and expansive illustrations, readers can learn of life on the prairie as the settlers knew it -- seen through the eyes of a woman who lived there a century ago.

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About The Author

Photograph © Ann Turner

Ann Turner is an award-winning screenwriter and director, avid reader, and history lover. She is drawn to salt-sprayed coasts, luminous landscapes, and the people who inhabit them all over the world. She is a passion­ate gardener. Her films include the historical feature Celia, starring Rebecca Smart—which Time Out listed as one of the fifty greatest direc­torial debuts of all time; Hammers Over the Anvil, starring Russell Crowe and Charlotte Rampling; and the psychological thriller Irresistible starring Susan Sarandon, Sam Neill, and Emily Blunt. Ann has lectured in film at the Victorian College of the Arts. Returning to her first love, the written word, in her debut novel The Lost Swimmer, Ann explores themes of love, trust, and the dark side of relationships. Her second novel, Out of the Ice, a mystery thriller set in Antarctica, was published to great acclaim in Australia and will be available in the United States in 2018. Ann was born in Adelaide and lives in Victoria. Visit Ann’s website at AnnTurnerAuthor.com.

About The Illustrator

Ron Himler lives in Tucson, Arizona. An interest in American Indian culture first brought Mr. Himler to the southwest, and his work often features western subjects as well as historical themes. His paintings are frequently exhibited in galleries in the southwest. Ron Himler has illustrated more than seventy-five children’s books.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Aladdin (March 1989)
  • Length: 32 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780689712968
  • Grades: P - 3
  • Ages: 5 - 8

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Awards and Honors

  • ALA Notable Children's Books
  • ILA Teachers' Choices
  • Notable Children's Trade Book Language (AR)
  • Reading Rainbow Book

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