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A Prairie as Wide as the Sea: The Immigrant Diary of Ivy Weatherall is the second book in the Dear Canada series. The book was written by Sarah Ellis; her first for the series. It was published in 2001 by Scholastic Canada with Jean Little's Orphan at My Door. The book was followed by With Nothing But Our Courage by Karleen Bradford.


"In memory of my mother, Ruth Elizabeth Steabner Ellis.
With thanks to those who told me their stories: May Ellis, Link Steabner, Thelma Drinnan, William Lawrence, Margaret Bykevich and, most of all, my dad, Joseph Ellis.

Book description[]

"May 19, 1926
Somewhere between Maple Creek and Milorie

I am fit to burst. We are nearly there but it is taking forever. At Regina we switched trains to the mixed train. It stops every eight miles at a town. Things get unloaded and loaded up and people stand on the platform and talk and talk and talk. This distance looks so little on the map but it is taking YEARS.
Still May 19
We made it. I used to be:

Ivy Doris Weatherall
107 Halley Road, Forest Gate
London, England
Europe, The World

and now I'm:

Ivy Doris Weatherall
Sec.1-6-26-W3rd, Uncle Alf's sod house
Five Miles from Milorie, Saskatchewan, Canada
North America, The World

The only thing the same is me and The World.



Historical Note[]


Main article: List of A Prairie as Wide as the Sea characters


Main article: Sarah Ellis

Sarah Ellis is a Canadian author known for her children's novels, such as Pick Up Sticks, Out of the Blue, and Odd Man Out. Ellis has written three Dear Canada books, including Days of Toil and Tears and That Fatal Night.




"Thanks to Barbara Hehner for her checking of the manuscript, and Dr. Bill Waiser for sharing his historical expertise."


  • The portrait on the cover is a detail from a c. 1920 photograph of the Sheffield family.[7]


See also[]

Dear Canada

Orphan at My Door | A Prairie as Wide as the Sea | With Nothing But Our Courage | Footsteps in the Snow
A Ribbon of Shining Steel | Whispers of War | Alone in an Untamed Land | Brothers Far from Home | An Ocean Apart
A Trail of Broken Dreams | Banished from Our Home | Winter of Peril | Turned Away | The Death of My Country
No Safe Harbour | A Rebel's Daughter | A Season for Miracles | If I Die Before I Wake | Not a Nickel to Spare
Prisoners in the Promised Land | Days of Toil and Tears | Where the River Takes Me | Blood Upon Our Land
A Desperate Road to Freedom | A Christmas to Remember | Exiles from the War | To Stand On My Own
Hoping for Home | That Fatal Night | Torn Apart | A Sea of Sorrows | Pieces of the Past | A Country of Our Own
All Fall Down | Flame and Ashes | A Time for Giving | These Are My Words

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