The Prairie-Dog Prince

The Prairie-Dog PrinceA Prairie-Tale, capsule published by The South Dakota State Historical Society Press. (Fall ’08)

This story was adapted from Eva Katharine Gibson’s novel Zauberlinda: The Wise Witch, drugstore written  in 1901. It’s about a lonely young girl growing up in the prairies of western South Dakota and the Black Hills. An act of kindness is repaid with a visit from the gnome king himself, and a wish or two. You might think that was good thing… And it is. After a bit of drama, some misadventures, and a few tears. Valuable lessons are learned. Heh heh heh.

Annie picking strawberriesOne day Annie is out picking strawberries…

 

Annie brings a injured prairie dog home.

She brings a injured prairie dog home.

She nurses him back to health. Keeps him in a little house. But one day, she finds that he has gone! Pfft.

She nurses him back to health. Keeps him in a little house. Then one day, he’s gone! Like magic.

Annie meets the Gnome King.

Annie searches for him.  Encounters the Gnome King.

But, as I said before, never fear. Happy ending.

But, as I said before, never fear. Goodness and kindness prevail. Happy ending.