Synopses of My Prairie Christmas, Brett Harvey's book about our relative Elenore Plaisted

These synopses appeared on's web site.

From Horn Book
Although Elenore, the young heroine of My Prairie Year (Holiday), fears that Christmas won't be the same in their new home on the open, treeless prairie, Mama and the children make ornaments and presents. A sudden blizzard brings fears for Papa's safety, but Christmas Day ends happily after all. A tribute to the legendary fortitude of the settlers on the American prairie with quiet, gentle illustrations. -- Copyright 1991 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.

Elenore's first Christmas on the prairie is very different from Christmas back in Maine. There are no relatives to help celebrate. The ornaments are still in Maine, and there's no cranberries to string for the tree. Still Mama has some good ideas--and Elenore experiences a prairie Christmas that she'll never forget.

Card catalog description
On the first Christmas after Eleanor's [sic] family moves to a house on the prairie, everyone becomes worried when Papa goes out to cut down a Christmas tree and does not come back.