Prairie Dog Song: The Key to Saving North America’s Grasslands
By Susan L. Roth, Cindy Trumbore
Illustrated by Susan L. Roth
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.
Recorded by the All Children’s Chorus of Annapolis
Lauren Walker, artistic director
Jim Turk, accompanist
About the Creators
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
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
Green Prize for Sustainable Literature
Santa Monica Public Library
School Library Journal
Junior Library Guild Selection
William Allen White Masterlist
Emporia State University, Kansas
Noteworthy Books for Childrens and Teens
Interest Level:Grades 1 - 5
Reading Level:Grades 4 - 5
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
Part of These Collections
Environmental Collection, Nonfiction Grades 3-6, Informational Nonfiction Grades 3-6, Climate Justice, Appendix B Diverse Collection High School, Appendix B Diverse Collection Middle School, 2016 Book Collection, Responsibility/Leadership, Social Activism Collection, Social Activism Collection Grades 3-5