The Prairie Builders: Reconstructing America's Lost Grasslands

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Sneed B. Collard III profiles Pauline Drobney and her crew as they struggle to rebuild a tallgrass prairie in central Iowa. From setting fires to rejuvenate the landscape, to searching for native seeds, to tracking down the elusive Regal Fritillary with Dr. Diane Debinsky, the story of rebuilding and regenerating the prairie landscape is a compelling and inspiring one.

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Overview

Sneed B. Collard III profiles Pauline Drobney and her crew as they struggle to rebuild a tallgrass prairie in central Iowa. From setting fires to rejuvenate the landscape, to searching for native seeds, to tracking down the elusive Regal Fritillary with Dr. Diane Debinsky, the story of rebuilding and regenerating the prairie landscape is a compelling and inspiring one.

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Gr 4-8-Collard chronicles the prairie restoration project at the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge in Iowa. His explanation of the complexities of returning farmland to tallgrass prairie incorporates information about the prairie ecosystem and accounts of the work of scientists and volunteers. Among the projects he describes are the locating and collecting of seeds of surviving native plants, managing controlled burns, reintroducing bison, and building a population of Regal Fritillary butterflies. The author celebrates the successes without minimizing the hard work and patience required. He encourages and challenges readers to become ecologically involved in projects such as the butterfly garden developed at an Illinois school and featured in the book's final pages. The engaging text is accompanied by large, inviting color photographs. The suggested readings and Web sites supply additional information about prairies in general and this project in particular. An essential purchase for libraries in prairie regions and a worthwhile choice for others.-Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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"This wide-format book documents the restoration of the prairie ecosystem at the new refuge. . . . Through the book’s clearly written text and many excellent color photos, readers will learn not only about this particular prairie project but also about the history of America’s tallgrass prairies and the complex web of plants and animals in a particular ecosystem." Booklist, ALA, Starred Review

"Excellent photographs prominently feature the scientists at work (predominantly women and people of color in scientific roles) as well as the . . . sweeping vistas of the prairie in midsummer." Horn Book, Starred

"The engaging text is accompanied by large, inviting color photographs. . . . An essential purchase for libraries in prairie regions and a worthwhile choice for others."—School Library Journal, starred School Library Journal, Starred

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547014418
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 8/6/2008
  • Series: Scientist in the Field Series
  • Edition description: None
  • Pages: 72
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Sneed B. Collard III has written more than fifty books for young people. In 2006, he received the Washington Post-Children's Book Guild Nonfiction Award for his body of work. He lives with his family in Montana.To learn more about Sneed B. Collard III, visit www.sneedbcollardiii.com.

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