Primrose "Prim" Everdeen is Katniss Everdeen's younger sister. Unlike her sister in many ways, Prim is the opposite of Katniss in both looks and character; having blonde hair like their mother as well as a talent for healing. She also has a cat named Buttercup and a goat named Lady.
Prim has a goat named Lady who provides milk and cheese. Katniss, her older sister, rescued the goat and gave it to Prim on her tenth birthday after having shot and sold a young buck in the woods with Gale. Having so much money, they first thought to get Prim a hairbrush or cloth for a dress, but decided instead to buy a goat that had been injured.
Although Katniss was unsure if the goat would survive, Prim loved animals and was soon able to heal Lady with her mother's help. The sustenance provided by the goat helped Prim and her family to survive in the poor region of District 12 called The Seam.
Other than her animals, Prim also had household chores and helped to take care of patients that people brought to her mother. Later, after Katniss escaped from the Quarter Quell, she turned out to be a very skilled doctor while living in District 13. During the war, she would work with her mother in the hospital and then go out to help the injured in the midst of battle.
Not much is known about Prim's early life, but she is described as a compassionate young blonde girl with blue eyes.
She was born in late May, although the exact date is unknown. It is obvious from the beginning that Prim loves all living creatures. She saved a stray cat (whom Katniss tried to drown the second Prim brought him home) and named him Buttercup, insisting his muddy yellow coat matched the bright flower. Because of her love for animals, when Katniss once took her out in the woods beyond District 12 to teach her how to hunt and after successfully shooting a creature, Prim broke down in tears and wanted to help the dying animal.
Prim was also a good healer at an early age, often helping her mother with patients. Katniss noted that she never appeared to be fazed by wounds or nudity.
During Catching Fire, Katniss describes the day of her father's death. She explains that when alarms sounded in their school after the mining incident occurred, she went to Prim's classroom and found her waiting for her. The only other known event of her early life was mentioned in Mockingjay as Katniss recalls when her father was singing "The Hanging Tree" in their house when Prim was only a toddler as she made the rope necklaces.