NONFICTION PICTURE BOOK WEDNESDAY is hosted byAlyson Beecher
Prairie Dog Song is a stunning new non-fiction picture book that tells the story of the green and gold grasses that once were so abundant in North America, and then almost vanished entirely. The jacket copy sums up this amazing rescue operation (which is still in progress):
For thousands of years, green and gold grasses covered North America from Canada to Mexico. The prairie and desert grasslands were home to a variety of animals, from small prairie dogs to huge bison. But in the nineteenth century, ranching and farming took hold in the grasslands, and over time many of the animals and plants vanished.
Then, in the late 1980s, scientists discovered a region in Mexico where green and gold grasses still waved and prairie dogs still barked. The scientists understood the importance of this grassland ecosystem and the prairie dogs’ key role in it. Could they now preserve the area and bring back its lost animals and plants?
Through a brilliant combination of song, text, and glorious illustrations:
the authors and illustrator have created a wonderful resource through which to learn more about the prairie that was and the prairie that is slowly but surely recovering.