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Animals facing threats from human encroachment are featured in these offerings from the Our Wild World series. Prairie Dogs looks at critters considered a keystone species by scientists, linked to the survival of about 40 other species. Horse-lovers will gravitate to the doe-eyed bays on the cover of Wild Horses, which introduces readers to the scattered herds of mustangs still roaming the U.S. Both books spend a great deal of time on these animals' fascinating social systems, from the bands of mares led by a ...

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Overview

Animals facing threats from human encroachment are featured in these offerings from the Our Wild World series. Prairie Dogs looks at critters considered a keystone species by scientists, linked to the survival of about 40 other species. Horse-lovers will gravitate to the doe-eyed bays on the cover of Wild Horses, which introduces readers to the scattered herds of mustangs still roaming the U.S. Both books spend a great deal of time on these animals' fascinating social systems, from the bands of mares led by a single stallion to prairie dog towns subdivided into coteries. The prose is consistently clear and lively, although Lorbiecki's breathless marveling at prairie dogs' language of chirks, yips, and other vocalizations may lead children to anthropomorphize more than is warranted.

Discusses the physical characteristics, behavior, habitat, and life cycle of prairie dogs.

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Did you know prairie dogs help prairies grow by eating weedy plants? Or that the prairie dog keeps prairie grasses and flowers from being choked out? Prairie dogs also add fertilizer with their leavings and churn up the soil when they tunnel. And prairie dogs don't need to drink water! They wash their food down with their own salvia. This nonfiction book, part of the "Our Wild World" series, will teach children about prairie dogs. Green boxes with highlighted fun facts give the young reader a chance to learn about prairie dogs from a quick browse through the book. A handy listing of internet websites listed at the back of the book will be helpful for students writing reports on prairie dogs. Beautiful illustrations of prairie dogs eating sunflowers, playing with each other, and running with treasured food in their mouths establish this text as a must have for school library shelves. The book is perfect for any fourth or fifth grade science curriculum or report on prairie dogs. 2004, NorthWord Press, Ages 8 to 12.
—Mindy Hardwick
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Gr 3-6-Lorbiecki briefly examines various species but focuses primarily on black-tailed prairie dogs, while Vogel concentrates on mustangs living in the American West. Basic information is provided, including where the animals live, what they look like, and how they raise their young. Additional details give readers a well-rounded view of each creature's world. For example, Prairie Dogs offers a thorough discussion of the rodents' complex communication system of chirps and whistles, and Wild Horses talks about the variety of colors and patterns that can be found on mustangs' coats. "Funfact" sections add additional tidbits. Clear, full-color photos provide visual appeal. Some drawings (mainly diagrams) are included. The texts are clearly written and include pronunciation guides. There is definitely good report material in these volumes, but it's not easily accessible since there are no chapter headings or subtitles. However, the indexes are helpful in tracking down specific facts.-Arwen Marshall, Minneapolis Public Library Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559718844
  • Publisher: Cooper Square Publishing Llc
  • Publication date: 3/28/2004
  • Series: Our Wild World Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.46 (w) x 8.43 (h) x 0.24 (d)

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Why are prairie dogs known as champion diggers? What is a volcano mound? Can prairie dogs really talk to each other? Why do prairie dogs hug and kiss each other? Author Marybeth Lorbiecki reveals the answers to these questions and many more. You will find out what Wild Horses are really like and how they live in Our Wild World.
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  • Posted May 19, 2011

    informative

    It's no secret that the prairie dog is the ecological hub of the prairie's existance. "No prairie dogs, no prairie" or the animals that coexist on the prairie only because of the prairie dogs.
    This small book is packed with photos and info about the life of the PD. easily readable and easily understood. I gave it for Christmas to my PD keeper.

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