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

By Susan L. Roth, Cindy Trumbore
Illustrated by Susan L. Roth

Hardcover: $18.95

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?

Cumulative song text plus prose passages combine to celebrate North America’s grasslands, their iconic prairie dogs, and the dedicated scientists who work to make the grasslands healthy again.

Prairie Dog Song Play audio track

 

Prairie Dog Song music only sing-along Play audio track




Recorded by the All Children’s Chorus of Annapolis
Lauren Walker, artistic director
Jim Turk, accompanist

 

 

 

About the Creators

Thumb_thumb Susan L. Roth - Author, Illustrator

creates unique mixed-media collage illustrations that have appeared in numerous award-winning children’s books, many of which she also wrote. Her book, Listen to the Wind, spent a year on the New York Times best seller list. The Mangrove Tree, which was released in 2011 and addressed Dr. Gordon Sato's mangrove tree-planting project, was the winner of Jane Addams Children's Book Award. Roth lives in New York. You can find her online at susanlroth.com.

Photo: Daniel Gonzales

Thumb_thumb Cindy Trumbore - Author

has been involved with young people’s literature for most of her career. A former editor in children’s book publishing, she now writes children’s books, edits books for classrooms, and teaches writing. Her past titles include The Genie in the Book, Discovering the Titanic, and The Mangrove Tree with her friend Susan L. Roth. She lives with her family in New Jersey. Her Web site is cindykane.net.

Photo: Krysti Sabins

About This Title

ISBN

Hardcover: 9781620142455

Awards

Green Prize for Sustainable Literature
Santa Monica Public Library

Best Books
Kirkus Reviews

Starred Review
School Library Journal

Starred Review
Publishers Weekly

Starred Review
Kirkus Reviews

Junior Library Guild Selection

William Allen White Masterlist
Emporia State University, Kansas

Noteworthy Books for Childrens and Teens
Capitol Choices

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Guided Reading:

T

Lexile:

AD1050L

Interest Level:

Grades 1 - 5

Reading Level:

Grades 4 - 5

Themes

Animal/Biodiversity/Plant Adaptations, Animals, Environment/Nature, Exploring Ecosystems, History, Human Impact On Environment/Environmental Sustainability , Informational Text, Latino/Hispanic/Mexican Interest, Mexico, Music, Nature/Science, United States History, Collaboration, Nonfiction, Optimism/Enthusiasm, Overcoming Obstacles, Persistence/Grit

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