The year begins with hockey, icefishing, and a snowmobile race. Spring brings renewal: the arrival of piglets, baby chicks in the farm kitchen; and outside, the fields are seeded. In summer, there’s a dinosaur park to be visited; a calf is groomed for the fair and wheat tested between grandfather’s fingers. In fall, a farm auction becomes a party, trick-or-treating is done by pick-up truck, and Clydesdales are driven by teams competing at the world’s great farm fair.
The glorious year ends with the arrival of Santa on the main street at night in a pickup truck, while beyond in the dark is the infinite mystery of the prairies.
Tundra author Jo Bannatyne-Cugnet writes novels and picture books. Her first book, A Prairie Alphabet with illustrator Yvette Moore became an instant bestseller and won many awards, including the Mr. Christie Award and was a finalist for several others, including the Saskatchewan Book of the Year Award. Jo and Yvette also collaborated on A Prairie Yearand Heartland: A Prairie Sampler. A mother of four sons, Jo Bannatyne-Cugnet lives with her family on a cattle and wheat farm in Saskatchewan.
“Spectacularly attractive, finely detailed color paintings.” –The Horn Book
A Prairie Year by Jo Bannatyne-Cugnet; illustrated by Yvette Moore