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Little Art City on the Prairie: Impressions of Faulkton South Dakota Book

Little Art City on the Prairie Book
 

Little Art City on the Prairie: Impressions of Faulkton South Dakota

Written by I. Reid, Gary L. Wilhelm, and Carolyn Wilhelm, Cover Illustrator Pieter Els

Little Art City on the Prairie describes the beauty of the prairie and the loveliness of the area. The location inspired the main author, I. Reid. Faulkton is also known as Carousel City. Faulkton is an example of a city that refused to merely exist (perhaps becoming obsolete), and turned to its arts council for ideas. Now the little city is known as an art town. The Faulkton Area Economic Development Corporation is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to improving the economic health of the area. In a stroke of luck, they were able to hire Australian artist Guido Van Helten to add huge art to the local grain elevator. They are doing a superb job at making the town an attraction and also enjoyable to residents.

This story is based on a trip to the author’s father’s hometown in South Dakota after many years’ absence. The visit turned into a writing piece which then became this book. The beauty of the prairie and the loveliness of the area inspired the authors. Available in paperback or for Kindle on Amazon

 
 
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Australian artist Guido Van Helten added the huge art to the local grain elevator.

 
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The town is now full of murals and color to entertain visitors who most certainly will want to drive around town. It is a great town for taking selfies.

 
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The Pickler Mansion is in Faulkton, SD, Gary Wilhelm’s hometown. This “pink” mansion is famous for several reasons, including the fact famous people visited the home. Susan B. Anthony was one such visitor!

  
 
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The Pickler Mansion was donated to the town. Everything is original to the home as the owners intended for it to become a museum.

  
 
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The town’s one-room schoolhouse is part of the Pickler Mansion museum experience.

  
 
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The interior of the one-room-schoolhouse shows educational classrooms of long ago.

Thank you for reading! This book is available on Amazon.

Below please see more information about the Pickler Mansion and efforts by the historical society to keep it open to the public.

 
 

Thank you for reading!

Wise Owl Factory LLC Books

  

Books written by Carolyn Wilhelm for children have Lexile reading levels as well as free supporting teaching resources for teachers and homeschools.

 
Alex Asks About Auntie’s Airplane Day: An Adoption Day Story is an easy reader picture book

Alex Asks About Auntie’s Airplane Day: An Adoption Day Story by Carolyn Wilhelm, illustrated by Pieter Els

Read more at the blog post

eBook for Kindle

Paperback

Free airplane, gotcha, or adoption day coloring cards PDF available, link at this post

500 L Lexile Level Informational Page on hub.lexile.com

Alex Asks Grandpa About the Olden Days: A 1940s Story

Alex Asks Grandpa About the Olden Days: A 1940s Story

Written by Gary L. Wilhelm, Edited by Carolyn Wilhelm, Illustrator Pieter Els

Read more at the blog post

Paperback (Amazon)

Kindle eBook (Amazon)

Free teaching resources pack PDF available, link at this post

700 L Lexile Level Informational Page on hub.lexile.com

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The Frogs Buy a New House: An Economics Story for Children

Frog Theme Day for the Sub Tub or Class – in our Premium Area

by Carolyn Wilhelm, illustrated by Oxana Cerra

Read more at the blog post

Paperback (Amazon)

Kindle eBook (Amazon)

Free teaching resources pack PDF available, link at this post

700 L Lexile Level Informational Page on hub.lexile.com

A Mom: What is an Adoptive Mother? by Betsy and Carolyn Wilhelm, illustrated by Pieter Els

A Mom: What is an Adoptive Mother? by Betsy and Carolyn Wilhelm, illustrated by Pieter Els

Read more at the blog post

Paperback (Amazon)

Kindle eBook (Amazon)

eBook for Nook (Barnes and Noble)

Free teaching resources pack PDF available, link at this post

600 L Lexile Level Informational Page on hub.lexile.com

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Little Art City on the Prairie: Impressions of Faulkton South Dakota Book

by I. Reid, Gary L. Wilhelm, and Carolyn Wilhelm

Read more and the blog post

Paperback (Amazon)

Kindle eBook (Amazon)

 

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Clare O’Beara Environmental Journalist and Award-Winning Author

Clare O’Beara is a tree surgeon and expert witness, and a former national standard showjumper. She lives in Dublin, Ireland, with her husband and cats. Previously, I interviewed her about her writing while in Dublin for The New Book Review. Clare is an award-winning writer of fiction and non-fiction, whose journalism work has been published in more than thirty countries. Her credits include Writing.ie, The Register.com, Mensa Magazine and Mensa International Journal. Currently editor of Inside DBS, the official blog website of Dublin Business School, and the Sustainable College blog.

This blog post has more information about her environmental efforts and online sites. I am writing this post due to my efforts in the area of climate change. O’Beara is an ecologist who is graduating in 2021 with an Honours Degree in Multimedia Journalism. She co-moderates a climate change interest group (the Green Group) on Goodreads, and blogs monthly on that site. Her journalism site is a source of additional environmental information. She writes for Medium, and other sites as well. Her environmental journalism site may be found at this link. One of her posts is information about the Dublin Array Windfarm. She asks if it is Progressive Power or a danger to birds? What do you think? Her video of the area is on YouTube, and below.

As a writer, O’Beara works to make her books Carbon Neutral. She writes so much, I don’t know how she has time to sleep!

O’Beara covered the conference on marine plastic waste held in Viet Nam. Afterward, she decided to find out how much her neighborhood contributed to the problem. She became convinced that we are indeed in need of solutions. She has served on the Royal Dublin Society Forestry And The Environment Committee. I highly recommend following O’Beara on Goodreads, the Goodreads Green Group, and her other informational sites. We learn so much from dedicated people!

Here are some of her awards:

Clare O’Beara wins SMedias Blog / Vlog of The Year Aug 2021, SMedias Blog / Vlog media release.

New book released in 2020, ‘A Dog For Lockdown’ media release.

New book released in 2020, ‘A Pony For Quarantine’ media release.

An article Clare wrote about her contribution to quarantine literature, Link to Writing.ie article by Clare

2020, Second Place, Dublin Business School Create Contest.

Clare was one of the crime reviewers invited to attend a crime authors’ event on 12th April 2016 at the Embassy of Luxembourg in London.

Murder Against The Clock was featured in The Dublin Southside People on page 22

Clare was mentioned in Great Diving Quotes

Clare was one of the reviewers attending Ellen Gunning’s book launch in Dublin in September 2016. Ellen Gunning is Director of Irish Academy of Public Relations.

The Independent newspaper profiled Clare as part of an article on Amazon Top Reviewers by Journalist Nathalie Olah. Friday 11 March 2016.

The University of San Diego has made one of Clare’s reviews available as an educational tool.

BBC World Book Club invited Clare to contribute to a discussion with Malorie Blackman, author and Children’s Laureate.

In 2013 she won first prize for Print Journalism in Ireland’s National Media Awards.
She contributed a story to A Pint And A Haircut (Lon Dubh, 2010), an anthology in aid of Concern’s Haiti fund.
Clare reads extensively and reviews books for Fresh Fiction.com.

Thank you for reading, Carolyn

 
Clare O’Beara Author Interview in Dublin, Ireland
 

Clare O’Beara Author Interview

Clare O’Beara is a prolific, award-winning author who also happens to be a tree surgeon, national showjumping champion, book reviewer for Fresh Fiction, previous MENSA leader and volunteer, and advocate for gifted education among other talents and abilities.

 
 
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Rodeo Finn by Clare O’Beara Free Student Work Pages

Rodeo Finn by Clare O’Beara is a multi-genre novel for teens and young adults. Realistic equine fiction with nonfiction information regarding Ireland’s and Arizona’s farming, ranching, and equestrian competitions form the story. The free book companion PDF for the book.

 
 
Show Jumping Team novel by Clare O'Beara review and student book companion freebie
 

Show Jumping Team by O’Beara Book Companion Free

Show Jumping Team was written by a National Show Jumping Champion of Ireland, Clare O’Beara. The book is multi-genre as it is realistic fiction with nonfiction information about horses and horse shows. Free teaching supplement at this link.

 
 
A Pony for Quarantine by O’Beara for Read Around the World
 

A Pony for Quarantine by O’Beara

A Pony for Quarantine by Clare O’Beara is so much more than a “horse” book as by way of the pony theme it shares many life lessons for teens. A free teaching supplement is at this link.

 
 
A Dog for Lockdown Book Teaching Supplement Free
 

A Dog for Lockdown by O’Beara

Second in the lockdown series by Clare O’Beara, A Dog For Lockdown is a story about a thirteen-year-old boy who lives with his mother. The free teaching supplement is at this link.

 
 
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Dining Out Around the Solar System by Clare O’Beara (Book 1 of 4)

In a future where giant corporations run countries, all British Space Mines has to fear are journalists and hackers.
Donal and Myron are their worst nightmare. See Wise Owl Factory’s review on The New Book Review.

 
 
Dining Out With The Ice Giants (Dining Out Around The Solar System Book 2)
 

Dining Out With The Ice Giants (Dining Out Around The Solar System Book 2) Clare O’Beara

Two journalists in an alternate future London meet the people from the outer planets – during one of the worst winters for cold and flooding that London has suffered. From political misdeeds to mushroom picking in a disused Tube station, Donal and Myron uncover all sorts of activities… and dangers. See what Wise Owl Factory’s thinks about this book on The New Book Review.

 
 
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Dining Out With The Gas Giants (Dining Out Around The Solar System Book 3) by Clare O’Beara

Donal and Myron are journalists who’ll go anywhere for a story. This summer, as tempers flare and riots are sparked in London’s heat, they get a lead they can’t resist. Not all the off-world immigrants are friendly. See Wise Owl Factory’s review on The New Book Review.

 
 
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Dining Out on Planet Mercury by Clare O’Beara

When a girl from Mercury is suspected of murder, the police need Irish journalist and hacker Donal as interpreter.
Off-world workers are being exploited in more ways than one. See Wise Owl Factory’s review on The New Book Review.

 
 
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A Pony for Quarantine by Clare O’Beara

Quarantine! Moya, age 13, is sent home from school. She isn’t sure what is happening. Her parents and brother are home, too.  She can hear neighbors cleaning to be prepared in the event they will be sick. Her own parents leave to shop for food, and although they might not get everything they want, will be able to get food. The store is only allowing 100 people inside at a time.

 
 
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A Dog for Lockdown Book Teaching Supplement Free

 

Dog-Lockdown-Irish-BookSecond in the lockdown series by Clare O’Beara, A Dog For Lockdown is a story about a thirteen-year-old boy who lives with his mother in a council house (public housing in Ireland). Dermot skips school an afternoon so he doesn’t know lockdown has been ordered. He stops at a store and gets an uneasy feeling watching shoppers filling carts with items he considers odd, such as toilet paper. The grocer tells Dermot he should be at home. He realizes no kids are in the store or even outside. At home, his mother asks how school was and he lies indicating he was at school. She knew otherwise as schools and many shops were closed. In addition, it is his birthday. Oh, my.

Click on the next link to download your free PDF:

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I like this modern realistic story as the characters are everyday people without pretenses. Dermot and his mother Ann do not own a car so walk to the store and buy as much as they can afford for the foreseeable future. They lug heavy bags home. I like this story for children to realize not everyone has every advantage, and that life can be difficult for others. It would be important for students to realize if they bully another child, the child may have no choice about his or her clothing or living conditions. And, Dermot does get bullied on Facebook. A teacher helps him and we all learn a lesson about online bullies. Dermot’s one friend, Jamie, seems unreliable for much of the story.

Ann has just learned she has pre-diabetes and thinks Dermot is also at risk as they are both eating the same foods. They learn about a healthy diet and both of them feel better. Part of what helps Dermot is a neighbor is taken to a hospital and he then cares for a nice dog, Shelia. Walking the dog helps him look better.

The story has several important life lessons for students.

Table of Contents

Page 2 Possible Cover for Student Pages

Pages 4-5 Discussion Questions

Page 6 Noticing the Traits of Writing in A Dog for Lockdown

Pages 7 Matching Characters and More

Page 8 Identify Dog Postures

Page 9 True or False about Story Settings

Page 10 Friends in the Den True and False

Page 11 Cause and Effect

Page 12 Determine Character Story Goals

Page 13 Identify Story Themes

Page 14 Sequence the Facebook Problem

Page 15 Write and Sequence the Facebook Problem

Page 16 Bullying Resources

Page 17 Foreshadowing in A Dog for Lockdown

Pages 18-19 Write a Good Paragraph

(letter-sized teaching posters)

Pages 20-22 Paragraph Writing Frames

Pages 23-24 Teacher and Student Rubrics

Pages 25-35 Answer Keys

Pages 36-37 You might also like  . . . other books by Clare O’Beara

(free teaching printable for each one)

Pages 38-39 Credits

Note to teachers: All students will not need to complete all pages. Select the most appropriate pages for your class or small group of readers. Pages are at different levels of difficulty for the purpose of differentiation.

In addition, the free teaching supplement has some writing exercises and other activities for literacy classes. I think students ages 10 to 14 would benefit from reading and studying this book. Previously, I wrote about O’Beara’s book A Pony for Quarantine. I also created a teaching supplement for that book and other horse books written by O’Beara.

I also made aA Dog for Lockdown that some teachers may find helpful.

Thank you for reading, Carolyn

 
 
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The teaching supplement includes paragraph writing frames and evaluation rubrics.

 
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Discussion questions for the story are included

 
 
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Students will read and notice themes in the book.

 
 
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The book has several settings with details for students to identify.

 
 
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Students will identify and discuss traits of writing in the text.

 
 
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Students will create a bullying resource page for a quick consultation if needed in the future.

 
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Clare O’Beara Author Interview in Dublin, Ireland
 

Clare O’Beara Author Interview

Clare O’Beara is a prolific, award-winning author who also happens to be a tree surgeon, national showjumping champion, book reviewer for Fresh Fiction, previous MENSA leader and volunteer, and advocate for gifted education among other talents and abilities.

 
 
Rodeo Finn blog post and free student book companion
 

Rodeo Finn by Clare O’Beara Free Student Work Pages

Rodeo Finn by Clare O’Beara is a multi-genre novel for teens and young adults. Realistic equine fiction with nonfiction information regarding Ireland’s and Arizona’s farming, ranching, and equestrian competitions form the story. The free book companion PDF for the book.

 
 
Show Jumping Team novel by Clare O'Beara review and student book companion freebie
 

Show Jumping Team by O’Beara Book Companion Free

Show Jumping Team was written by a National Show Jumping Champion of Ireland, Clare O’Beara. The book is multi-genre as it is realistic fiction with nonfiction information about horses and horse shows. Free teaching supplement at this link.

 
 
A Pony for Quarantine by O’Beara for Read Around the World
 

A Pony for Quarantine by O’Beara

A Pony for Quarantine by Clare O’Beara is so much more than a “horse” book as by way of the pony theme it shares many life lessons for teens. A free teaching supplement is at this link.

 
 
A Dog for Lockdown Book Teaching Supplement Free
 

A Dog for Lockdown by O’Beara

Second in the lockdown series by Clare O’Beara, A Dog For Lockdown is a story about a thirteen-year-old boy who lives with his mother. The free teaching supplement is at this link.

 
 
Dining-Out-Around-Solar-System
 

Dining Out Around the Solar System by Clare O’Beara (Book 1 of 4)

In a future where giant corporations run countries, all British Space Mines has to fear are journalists and hackers.
Donal and Myron are their worst nightmare. See Wise Owl Factory’s review on The New Book Review.

 
 
Dining Out With The Ice Giants (Dining Out Around The Solar System Book 2)
 

Dining Out With The Ice Giants (Dining Out Around The Solar System Book 2) Clare O’Beara

Two journalists in an alternate future London meet the people from the outer planets – during one of the worst winters for cold and flooding that London has suffered. From political misdeeds to mushroom picking in a disused Tube station, Donal and Myron uncover all sorts of activities… and dangers. See what Wise Owl Factory’s thinks about this book on The New Book Review.

 
 
Dining-Out-Series-book-3-by-Clare-O-Beara
 

Dining Out With The Gas Giants (Dining Out Around The Solar System Book 3) by Clare O’Beara

Donal and Myron are journalists who’ll go anywhere for a story. This summer, as tempers flare and riots are sparked in London’s heat, they get a lead they can’t resist. Not all the off-world immigrants are friendly. See Wise Owl Factory’s review on The New Book Review.

 
 
Dining-Out-on-Planet-Mercury
 

Dining Out on Planet Mercury by Clare O’Beara

When a girl from Mercury is suspected of murder, the police need Irish journalist and hacker Donal as interpreter.
Off-world workers are being exploited in more ways than one. See Wise Owl Factory’s review on The New Book Review.

 
 
A-Pony-for-Quarantine-by-Clare-O-Beara-ages-10-14
 

A Pony for Quarantine by Clare O’Beara

Quarantine! Moya, age 13, is sent home from school. She isn’t sure what is happening. Her parents and brother are home, too.  She can hear neighbors cleaning to be prepared in the event they will be sick. Her own parents leave to shop for food, and although they might not get everything they want, will be able to get food. The store is only allowing 100 people inside at a time.

 

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