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Prairie Dogs
     

Prairie Dogs

by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent, William Munoz (Photographer)
 

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Discusses the habits and life cycle of prairie dogs and examines their place in the ecology of the prairie. "Useful and consistently interesting." -- Kirkus Reviews

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Discusses the habits and life cycle of prairie dogs and examines their place in the ecology of the prairie. "Useful and consistently interesting." -- Kirkus Reviews

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Carolyn Phelan
Patent describes the varieties, features, habits, habitats, and predators of prairie dogs in her latest collaboration with Munoz. The text and illustrations work together, each enlarging the other and both enlightening the reader. Appearing on nearly every page, the full-color photographs take readers out to the prairie to see its plants and animals clearly. Besides the usual animal structure and behavior information, the book explains issues of land management that relate to prairie dogs today: loss of habitat to development, farming, and cattle ranching; government and rancher policies of poisoning prairie dogs; and recent knowledge about the ecology of prairie dog towns. An effective and readable presentation.
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"Patent describes the varieties, features, habits, habitats, and predators of prairie dogs in her latest collaboration with Munoz. The text and illustrations work together, each enlarging the other and both enlightening the reader. . . . An effective and readable presentation." Booklist, ALA

"Like all the best animal-study books, this concise summary takes an ecological approach to its subject, explaining not only prairie dog biology and behavior, but also how the animal is an integral part of the short- and mixed-grass prairie ecosystems. . . . Patent and Munoz achieve their own symbiosis of words and color photos. . . . Some beautiful shots of the prairie itself justify Patent's gentle reminder that it's not just the fancy mountains and big-treed forests that need protection." The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"The prolific Patent at her best, with a succinct, well researched, and informative rundown of the prairie rodent's lifestyle and social organization, plus a clear presentation of its controversial role: knowing that 400 or so prairie dogs eat enough grass to maintain a cow, ranchers have exterminated them by the millions. . . . Useful and consistently interesting. Bibilography: index." Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756942212
Publisher:
Perfection Learning Corporation
Publication date:
03/28/1999
Pages:
63
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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"Patent describes the varieties, features, habits, habitats, and predators of prairie dogs in her latest collaboration with Munoz. The text and illustrations work together, each enlarging the other and both enlightening the reader. . . . An effective and readable presentation." Booklist, ALA

"Like all the best animal-study books, this concise summary takes an ecological approach to its subject, explaining not only prairie dog biology and behavior, but also how the animal is an integral part of the short- and mixed-grass prairie ecosystems. . . . Patent and Munoz achieve their own symbiosis of words and color photos. . . . Some beautiful shots of the prairie itself justify Patent's gentle reminder that it's not just the fancy mountains and big-treed forests that need protection." The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"The prolific Patent at her best, with a succinct, well researched, and informative rundown of the prairie rodent's lifestyle and social organization, plus a clear presentation of its controversial role: knowing that 400 or so prairie dogs eat enough grass to maintain a cow, ranchers have exterminated them by the millions. . . . Useful and consistently interesting. Bibilography: index." Kirkus Reviews

Meet the Author

William Munoz has an avid interest in ecology and the environment and has taken the photographs for a number of books written by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent. Mr. Munoz lives in Hamilton, Montana.

Dorothy Hinshaw Patent holds a Ph.D. in zoology from the University of California, Berkeley. She is the recipient of the Washington Post—Children's Book Guild Nonfiction Award for her body of work, which includes more than 130 books for children and young adults on subjects ranging from biodiversity to the spirit bear. She lives with her husband in Missoula, Montana. You can learn more about her on her web site: www.dorothyhinshawpatent.com.

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