Prairie Journal

Sadie Carr

Describing The Prairie

I feel like I can relate to Jim in the beginning of the story because he is moving from a bigger city area to the country, and I moved from a larger town to this small town, Henderson. "as I looked about me I felt that the grass was the country , as the water is the sea" In this quote, Jim is trying to relate to this new area with the knowledge that he has of his old town.

"The red of the grass made all the great prairie the colour of wine-stains, or of certain seaweeds then they are first washed up"Going to the prairie, when you first glance at the prairie, all you see is golden grass. It all looks dead and boring. "And there was so much motion in it; the whole country seemed, somehow, to be running." You start to see things moving in the wind and you realize that its not just a lot full of dead grasses. There aren't many colors other than yellow and some browns, but there are lots of different kinds of plants or grasses growing. As you walk along the soft ground of the prairie, you hear crunching under your feet. Even though you hear crunching when you walk in the prairie, you look closer and some of the grasses have fuzz on the tips! Lots of the grasses are fuzzy and soft when you touch them. Really, the only thing you can smell when you sit down in the prairie is the fresh smell of grass and plants, and there is a certain kind of grass that when you pick it up and rub it between your fingers it leaves your hand smelling like mint. If I were a settler and new to this prairie, I think I would pay more attention to the different types of grasses and learn what each grass is good for, kind of how Antonia's family and Jim's family would have had to do. This is because if you are living in the country like Antonia and Jim, you can't drive into the city everyday just to get certain plants for meals.

Description of Sounds and How Sounds Change

When sitting down in the grass for three minutes and listening, basically all you can hear is the small sound of the wind blowing the crispy grasses together and surprisingly you can hear people talking from across the entire prairie.

Describing the Small Details of the Environment

Small details of the environment include the fuzz and puff balls on the tips of grasses, sharp, on the stems. When you sit down in the prairie you think you will sit on a hard surface because of all of the crunching and crackling from the grasses under your feet. However, when you sit its soft and you don't ever feel like getting back up, especially when you see that the grass growing is more delicate than it sounds as you're stepping on it.