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Prairie-dog Town

(A book in the Twinkle Tales series)
A Picture Book by

Prairie-Dog Town by L. Frank Baum

Baum made use of several pseudonyms for some of his other, non-Oz books. They include:

Edith Van Dyne (the Aunt Jane's Nieces series)
Laura Bancroft (The Twinkle Tales, Policeman Bluejay)

On the great western prairies of Dakota is a little town called Edgeley, because it is on the edge of civilization - a very big word which means some folks have found a better way to live than other folks. The Edgeley people have a good way to live, for there are almost seventeen wooden houses there, and among them is a school-house, a church, a store and a blacksmith-shop. If people walked out their front doors they were upon the little street; if they walked out the back doors they were on the broad prairies. That was why Twinkle, who was a farmer's little girl, lived so near the town that she could easily walk to school.
She was a pretty, rosy-cheeked little thing, with long, fluffy hair, and big round eyes that everybody smiled into when they saw them. It was hard to keep that fluffy hair from getting tangled; so mamma used to tie it in the back with a big, broad ribbon. And Twinkle wore calico slips for school days and gingham dresses when she wanted to "dress up" or look especially nice. And to keep the sun from spotting her face with freckles, she wore sunbonnets made of the same goods as her dresses.
Twinkle's best chum was a little boy
called Chubbins, who was the only child of the tired-faced school-teacher. Chubbins was about as old as Twinkle; but he wasn't so tall and slender for his age as she was, being short and rather fat. The hair on his little round head was cut close, and he usually wore a shirt-waist and "knickers," with a wide straw hat on the back of his head. Chubbins's face was very solemn. He never said many words when grown folks were around, but he could talk fast enough when he and Twinkle were playing together alone.

Genre: Children's Fiction

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December 2014 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: Prairie-Dog Town (illustrated)
Author(s): Laura Bancroft
Publisher: Transcript
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May 2014 : Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: Prairie-dog Town
Author(s): Laura Bancroft
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