Children's Literature - Sara LorimerOne quarter of the Earths land is covered by grassland, most of which is either savannas (near the equator) or prairies (in North America). Africa's savannas are famous for the animals that live there, including zebras and elephants; bison once were plentiful on the prairies, but they were over-hunted and the prairies have largely been turned to farmland. Topics covered include the predators of the grasslands (lions, cheetahs, hyenas); grasses and trees; fires, and how they help grasslands; and threats to the grasslands and how people are trying to stop them. Children learning about ecology, African wildlife, or prairies would all find this book useful as a quick introduction. The illustrations are lovely. While done digitally, they resemble silk-screens. The colors are striking, and the animals are lively despite the simple drawing style. Back matter includes a glossary, instructions for making a diorama, an index, and suggestions for further reading. From the "Amazing Science Ecosystems" series.
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