A wild prairie is a lively place in this rhythmic romp with munchers and crunchers above and below the grasses so thick, and fires that flare, and rains that quench - and always the prairie grows green. Back matter offers information and activities for a fuller appreciation of this marvelous, disappearing habitat.
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Did you know that over one fourth of the earth’s land was once covered with grasslands? In North America, they are called prairies; in Africa, savannas; in Eastern Europe and Asia, steppes; in South America, pampas; and in Australia, rangelands. This rhythmic romp, in the style of “The House that Jack Built,” tells all about the critters that squirm in the soil, the diggers, the roots, the plants, the insects, the birds, the munchers, the hunters, the lightning that sparks a fire, and the rain, all of which make the wild prairie such a lively place. Can you name some of the burrowers, grazers, and predators that you might find on the prairie? Author Marybeth Lorbiecki grew up in St. Cloud, MN, a medium-sized town near America’s Midwestern prairie. The publisher’s summary says, “Nature on the prairie, including both wildlife and wildfire, is a rich and closely knit ecosystem, as reflected in the interlocking verses of this simple story.” In addition to the rollicking, repetitious poem which describes the multitudes of animals and plants which live on the prairie in tune with the forces of nature and thus reinforces the richness of dynamic prairie life, the back pages contain “A Prairie Primer” with further information about the prairie in general, notes concerning the different kinds of species inhabiting it, and “Prairie Fun” with suggestions for activities, related games, and resources to give a fuller appreciation of this marvelous, disappearing habitat. Anyone who likes Little House on the Prairie will certainly enjoy this excellent means to learn more about the prairie that God built.