Nonfiction Wednesday:- Prairie Dog Song:The Key to Saving North America’s Grasslands



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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.


7 thoughts on “Nonfiction Wednesday:- Prairie Dog Song:The Key to Saving North America’s Grasslands

  1. I just read a book by Native Americans that explains how some of the changes happened when the white men took over these grasslands, usurping what the Native Americans had done to keep the grasslands and the forests as they should be. How interesting that here is a book after all these years that shows what we’ve lost, and perhaps what we’ll now regain. Thanks, Tara.

  2. Thank you for sharing this beautiful story with us. As you know from my recent poetry workshop posts, I am very devoted to all things Native American and deeply appreciate anything that is written that cultivates a better understanding of Native American cultures. Looks like a winner…now do I buy it and add to my already burgeoning collection? This is a serious question as a retired person who is trying desparately to downsize!

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