Out on the Prairie – Children’s Book Review

Out on the Prairie

by Donna M. Bateman & illustrated by Susan Swan

Why I love this book; the information about the subjects, and the illustrations are creatively made with depth and accuracy. As per usual it’s the illustrations that caught my eye, as well as the title of the book.

The story is well told with poetic charm,  once you’ve counted all the Prairie animals (up to ten) the toads being ten, you reflect back to the animal and plant history. I love to learn about my environment as do children. This is a great outdoor hike garden book, read before and after a hike on Nose Hill, Calgary.


Susan Swan, has created the Prairie in digital collage paper images, you can see the shadow in some of the photography creating an illusion of 3D. The brilliant patterning and shapes of the paper create a life like image of the animals and plant life. Beautiful Book for my book collection. For ages 3 to 8.

Here’s an idea for you artists; http://www.collageart.org/links/

About artist and illustrator

I'm a textile artist, resourceful and excited about making things. Dog walks with my pooch "Charlie" is inspiring and an opportunity to develop ideas from nature and people whom we meet on our strolls. There is a story behind my art making, it's in the series, I don't make just one but many from the same idea, but! not one will look like the other, each piece of art is "one-of-a-kind".
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2 Responses to Out on the Prairie – Children’s Book Review

  1. Linda Cote says:

    What gorgeous illustrations! I love them all but the little grouse are precious … just how you see them scuttling so fast in the wild!

  2. Susan Fae says:

    Good to hear from you Linda.
    I agree that illustrator Susan Swan did a great job assembling these Prairie creatures and plants. The practice of collage and design has a place in the illustrator’s world too. If you know of anyone who has the talent of collage have them check out the link at the end of the review, they may make some connections.

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