Discovery on the Prairie

The Illinois Prairie has so much for kids to discover. There is so much to learn through discovery. And what kid is not curious about the world around him?

When the seven grands come for a visit from the Great State of Texas, Pa & Oma enjoy the time making discoveries with the kids. There are so many things to discover in the state of Illinois. There are many things to discover in our garden.

Speaking of discoveryThe 2nd Annual Pretty Much World Famous Illustration Contest for Children’s Illustrators! is being hosted by Susanna Leonard Hill. Draw, create, or paint a children’s picture book illustration that depicts the theme of discovery.

Today, June 26th is the deadline to enter the contest.

I used acrylic paints to create an 8 X 10 illustration of a boy as he discovers a butterfly in the wildflowers on the prairie.


Discovery on the Prairie

So back to the discovery on the Illinois prairie . . . You have to be quick to keep up with our grandkids.  You have to be quick so you don’t miss all of the action.

Looking up, looking down, looking all around, together we discover, grow and learn.

“Did you see the two white cotton tail rabbits, Johannah? Pa is not pleased that they are munching on the lettuce.”

“Watch out for the garden snake, Joshua! It is harmless.  You are correct, they do like to eat ants, earthworms, and slugs.”

Jaxon, what kind of nuts is the squirrel munching on? ”

“You know, Oma; acorns!”

Henry, what do you know about the pinecones on this Long-needled Pine Tree?”

“The seeds inside the cone will fall out and be carried by the wind.”

“What are you harvesting, Charlotte?”

“Sweet potatoes and corn.”

Lily, remember when I sent some leaves to you and your kindergarten classmates? The leaves came from this Maple tree.

“Wait up, Lane. Everyone wants to go fishing with you, too.”

Through the Prairie Garden Gate

Through the Prairie Garden Gate

Out on the Illinois Prairie, where Pa Perry & Oma Sue and seven sweet, smart and sometimes sassy grandkids, love to discover together.


Daisies on the Illinois Prairie


About Prairie Garden Girl

I am a wife who is adored by my Sweet Perry. Together we are parents to five boys and grandparents to seven unique grands. Pa Perry and Oma Sue love instilling the love of learning in the hearts of Johannah, Joshua & Jaxon; Henry & Charlotte and Lily & Lane. I am a reader. I am an aspiring children's picture book writer. I am a creator who sews and paints with acrylics and watercolors and sketches with colored pencil. I am an educator to hundreds of students, throughout the years. I am a cyclist on a pink Marin Portofina, and a 5K jogger. Perry and I are organic gardeners and enjoy homesteading on the Illinois prairie. Life is a beautiful ride with my Sweet P. Together, Perry and I feel life is a journey filled with joy. We want to live our lives by leaving the world a better place.
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14 Responses to Discovery on the Prairie

  1. Tina Cho says:

    Lovely illustration and photos! Your place is like a field trip for your grand kids!

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  2. Wonderful illustration for the contest, Suzy! And what beautiful photos of your place – I bet your grandkids never want to leave! 🙂 Thanks so much for joining in the contest fun! 🙂


    Susanna Leonard Hill
    Children’s Author
    FB Author Page
    Making Picture Book Magic (Online Writing Course)


  3. I love how you drew from your own experience and surroundings!


  4. The prairie looks like a fun filled place for discovery. I enjoyed your work and the photos. That’s wonderful that you all can discover together.


  5. What a wonderful property for your grandkids to hang out at! Your painting captures their delight at the nature in your garden.

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  6. LovableLobo says:

    Love this look of discovery and how you marvel in nature’s beauty. Your grands are so lucky!


  7. tphumiruk says:

    Pretty butterfly and flowers! Thank you for sharing!


  8. Pretty little monarch knows a fabulous garden! Love that you shared pics too – as always!

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