Parents' Guide to

Prairie Lotus

By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Stunning tale of Asian girl's struggle on 1880s frontier.

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age 10+

Based on 1 parent review

age 10+

Excellent diverse book

This is a wonderful book. It was well researched to be as accurate as possible for the time period. Its characters represent diversity which is hard to find in a book about this period in history.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

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Kids say (3 ):

This deftly woven tale explores the dangers that non-White people faced in homesteading times, and it spares no detail. Much like the Little House series, Prairie Lotus is a fascinating account the everyday life of people who lived in a time before electricity yet enjoyed education and commerce, and who forged new lives in a New World. Hanna knows her life depends on the kindness of others. As seen from a teen's point of view, her honor, duty and fate are tightly bound with her father's. When he says jump, she really jumps -- his survival instincts have him close to exploding. It's a far cry from the warmth and ease that Pa in the Little House books can afford to share with his children.

Kids will appreciate how strong Hanna is, and how she listens to her mother's wisdom, which lives inside of her, and which helps her navigate the spitefulness of her fellow human beings. Hanna loves to design dresses, which will appeal to fashionable middle graders. She learns to use her skill to woo people into accepting her, which middle graders will also understand. Hanna's life is an example of a story that was never told. In this book, her story helps open hearts and change minds.

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