{"id":3660164935,"title":"Out on the Prairie","handle":"out-on-the-prairie","description":"\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR\/ILLUSTRATOR INFO BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBy: \u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/pages\/donna-m-bateman\" title=\"Donna Bateman bio\"\u003eDonna M. Bateman\u003c\/a\u003e \/ Illustrated by: \u003ca title=\"link to Susan Swan's bio\" href=\"\/pages\/susan-swan\"\u003eSusan Swan\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER HEADING BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eSing and count with the critters of Badlands National Park.\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER DESCRIPTION BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWelcome to the prairie, where baby animals and their mothers happily wallow, run, slither, call, bark, hop, and scurry from dawn to dusk. In Susan Swan’s mixed media art, the rolling grasslands come to life, and the flora and fauna leap off the page. From birds and mammals to insects and reptiles, learn about the animals that inhabit this semiarid environment.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eFollowing the success of \u003cem\u003eDeep in the Swamp\u003c\/em\u003e, author Donna Bateman takes readers on another adventure in \u003cem\u003eOut on the Prairie\u003c\/em\u003e. Count from one bison calf, two pronghorn fawns, all the way up to ten baby toads. Little ones will sing along with the rhyming text modeled after the traditional song “Over in the Meadow” by Olive A. Wadsworth. Back matter touches upon conservation efforts and includes fun facts about all the plants and animals named in the story, making it a great complement to elementary science lessons on ecosystems and lifecycles.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER RECOMMENDATIONS BELOW - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"recommended-books\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIf you like this book, you’ll enjoy these:\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/products\/deep-in-the-swamp\" title=\"Deep in the Swamp\"\u003eDeep in the Swamp\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/products\/old-manhattan-has-some-farms\" title=\"Old Manhattan Has Some Farms\"\u003eOld Manhattan Has Some Farms\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - START OF TABS - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e [TABS]\n\u003ch5\u003eLook Inside\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg class=\"cvr-border-gray\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/out-on-the-prairie-spread.jpg?14202955784709141307\"\u003e\u003c!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --\u003e\u003cscript type=\"text\/javascript\" async=\"\" defer data-pin-shape=\"round\" data-pin-height=\"32\" data-pin-hover=\"true\" src=\"\/\/assets.pinterest.com\/js\/pinit.js\"\u003e\u003c\/script\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR BIO BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eAuthor \u0026amp; Illustrator\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eDonna M. Bateman, author\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eDonna M. Bateman is the author of \u003cem\u003eDeep in the Swamp\u003c\/em\u003e, winner of the Southern Independent Book Alliance Award. She lives in Bridgeton, Missouri.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/pages\/donna-m-bateman\" title=\"Donna Bateman bio\"\u003eRead more\u003c\/a\u003e about Donna.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - ENTER ILLUSTRATOR BIO BELOW - - - - - - - - - - - --\u003e \u003cbr\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eSusan Swan, illustrator\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eSusan Swan has illustrated many children’s books, including \u003cem\u003eA Monarch Butterfly’s Journey\u003c\/em\u003e and \u003cem\u003eIt’s Fall.\u003c\/em\u003e She lives in Ovilla, Texas.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca title=\"link to Susan Swan's bio\" href=\"\/pages\/susan-swan\"\u003eRead more\u003c\/a\u003e about Susan Swan.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - ENTER AWARDS \u0026 HONORS BELOW - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eAwards \u0026amp; Honors\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eBank Street College of Education's Best Children's Books of the Year, 2013\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - ENTER REVIEWS BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eEditorial Reviews\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/star-fade.gif?18127980511287865543\"\u003e \u003cstrong\u003eKirkus Reviews\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e, starred review\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eTraditionally patterned verses celebrate the flora, fauna and wide sky of the mixed-grass prairie of Badlands National Park in South Dakota.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e“Out on the prairie where the snakeroot greets the sun, \/ Lived a shaggy mother bison and her little calf One.” As she did in \u003cem\u003eDeep in the Swamp\u003c\/em\u003e (2007), Bateman has chosen representative features and creatures to introduce a remarkable ecosystem. Counting from one to 10, she goes on to include pronghorns, meadowlarks, prairie dogs, grasshoppers, grouse, owls, rattlesnakes, coyotes and toads in a series of verses that also span the day from dawn to night. The poetry is not sacrificed to the information; she pays careful attention to language and rhythm, using splendid verbs. It reads aloud smoothly. Swan’s energetic cut-paper, mixed-media illustrations delight and instruct. She includes found objects and hand-painted paper, collaged and digitally combined on double-page spreads that blend into a spatter-paint frame in the story section. Plants and animals are identifiable in the pictures and described further in the backmatter, 10 pages of “Prairie Flora and Fauna Facts.” This describes the animals’ child-bearing and -rearing habits, offers further information about the plants, and defines the term “prairie.”\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAnother outstanding appreciation of the natural world for young readers and listeners both.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/star-fade.gif?18127980511287865543\"\u003e \u003cstrong\u003ePublishers Weekly\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e, starred review\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAdapting the rhyme \"Over in the Meadow,\" Bateman takes readers on a trip to Badlands National Park in South Dakota, highlighting 10 animals that make their homes there. Swan's showstopping collages have a three-dimensional quality that makes the prairie come alive a brightly marbled grasshopper stares out at readers, while \"a mother meadowlark and her little chicks Three\" cluster on photographs of actual branches amid sweeping newsprint grasses. An informative appendix (also illustrated) provides further details about bison, howdy owls, grama grasses, and more. All in all, it's a delightful introduction to a unique and beautiful ecosystem.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/star-fade.gif?18127980511287865543\"\u003e \u003cstrong\u003eSchool Library Journal\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e, starred review\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eUsing the traditional rhyme scheme of \"Over in the Meadow,\" this book does its predecessor proud, and then some. Children will encounter possibly unfamiliar flora and fauna (yucca and grama grasses, howdy owls and pronghorns) in this beautiful exploration of a prairie. \"Out on the prairie where the wispy clouds soar,\/Lived a mother prairie dog and her little pups Four.\" A different native animal is showcased in each lavish spread. Swan's illustrations are unique and quite astounding; made using collages of digitally scanned objects, found objects, and hand-painted papers, they are vibrant and have an almost 3-D quality to them. The grasshoppers seem to be jumping off the pages to spectacular effect. 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Bateman\u003c\/a\u003e \/ Illustrated by: \u003ca title=\"link to Susan Swan's bio\" href=\"\/pages\/susan-swan\"\u003eSusan Swan\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER HEADING BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eSing and count with the critters of Badlands National Park.\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER DESCRIPTION BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWelcome to the prairie, where baby animals and their mothers happily wallow, run, slither, call, bark, hop, and scurry from dawn to dusk. In Susan Swan’s mixed media art, the rolling grasslands come to life, and the flora and fauna leap off the page. From birds and mammals to insects and reptiles, learn about the animals that inhabit this semiarid environment.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eFollowing the success of \u003cem\u003eDeep in the Swamp\u003c\/em\u003e, author Donna Bateman takes readers on another adventure in \u003cem\u003eOut on the Prairie\u003c\/em\u003e. Count from one bison calf, two pronghorn fawns, all the way up to ten baby toads. Little ones will sing along with the rhyming text modeled after the traditional song “Over in the Meadow” by Olive A. Wadsworth. Back matter touches upon conservation efforts and includes fun facts about all the plants and animals named in the story, making it a great complement to elementary science lessons on ecosystems and lifecycles.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER RECOMMENDATIONS BELOW - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"recommended-books\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIf you like this book, you’ll enjoy these:\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/products\/deep-in-the-swamp\" title=\"Deep in the Swamp\"\u003eDeep in the Swamp\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/products\/old-manhattan-has-some-farms\" title=\"Old Manhattan Has Some Farms\"\u003eOld Manhattan Has Some Farms\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - START OF TABS - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e [TABS]\n\u003ch5\u003eLook Inside\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg class=\"cvr-border-gray\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/out-on-the-prairie-spread.jpg?14202955784709141307\"\u003e\u003c!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --\u003e\u003cscript type=\"text\/javascript\" async=\"\" defer data-pin-shape=\"round\" data-pin-height=\"32\" data-pin-hover=\"true\" src=\"\/\/assets.pinterest.com\/js\/pinit.js\"\u003e\u003c\/script\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR BIO BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eAuthor \u0026amp; Illustrator\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eDonna M. Bateman, author\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eDonna M. Bateman is the author of \u003cem\u003eDeep in the Swamp\u003c\/em\u003e, winner of the Southern Independent Book Alliance Award. She lives in Bridgeton, Missouri.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/pages\/donna-m-bateman\" title=\"Donna Bateman bio\"\u003eRead more\u003c\/a\u003e about Donna.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - ENTER ILLUSTRATOR BIO BELOW - - - - - - - - - - - --\u003e \u003cbr\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eSusan Swan, illustrator\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eSusan Swan has illustrated many children’s books, including \u003cem\u003eA Monarch Butterfly’s Journey\u003c\/em\u003e and \u003cem\u003eIt’s Fall.\u003c\/em\u003e She lives in Ovilla, Texas.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca title=\"link to Susan Swan's bio\" href=\"\/pages\/susan-swan\"\u003eRead more\u003c\/a\u003e about Susan Swan.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - ENTER AWARDS \u0026 HONORS BELOW - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eAwards \u0026amp; Honors\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eBank Street College of Education's Best Children's Books of the Year, 2013\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - ENTER REVIEWS BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eEditorial Reviews\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/star-fade.gif?18127980511287865543\"\u003e \u003cstrong\u003eKirkus Reviews\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e, starred review\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eTraditionally patterned verses celebrate the flora, fauna and wide sky of the mixed-grass prairie of Badlands National Park in South Dakota.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e“Out on the prairie where the snakeroot greets the sun, \/ Lived a shaggy mother bison and her little calf One.” As she did in \u003cem\u003eDeep in the Swamp\u003c\/em\u003e (2007), Bateman has chosen representative features and creatures to introduce a remarkable ecosystem. Counting from one to 10, she goes on to include pronghorns, meadowlarks, prairie dogs, grasshoppers, grouse, owls, rattlesnakes, coyotes and toads in a series of verses that also span the day from dawn to night. The poetry is not sacrificed to the information; she pays careful attention to language and rhythm, using splendid verbs. It reads aloud smoothly. Swan’s energetic cut-paper, mixed-media illustrations delight and instruct. She includes found objects and hand-painted paper, collaged and digitally combined on double-page spreads that blend into a spatter-paint frame in the story section. Plants and animals are identifiable in the pictures and described further in the backmatter, 10 pages of “Prairie Flora and Fauna Facts.” This describes the animals’ child-bearing and -rearing habits, offers further information about the plants, and defines the term “prairie.”\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAnother outstanding appreciation of the natural world for young readers and listeners both.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/star-fade.gif?18127980511287865543\"\u003e \u003cstrong\u003ePublishers Weekly\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e, starred review\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAdapting the rhyme \"Over in the Meadow,\" Bateman takes readers on a trip to Badlands National Park in South Dakota, highlighting 10 animals that make their homes there. Swan's showstopping collages have a three-dimensional quality that makes the prairie come alive a brightly marbled grasshopper stares out at readers, while \"a mother meadowlark and her little chicks Three\" cluster on photographs of actual branches amid sweeping newsprint grasses. An informative appendix (also illustrated) provides further details about bison, howdy owls, grama grasses, and more. All in all, it's a delightful introduction to a unique and beautiful ecosystem.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/star-fade.gif?18127980511287865543\"\u003e \u003cstrong\u003eSchool Library Journal\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e, starred review\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eUsing the traditional rhyme scheme of \"Over in the Meadow,\" this book does its predecessor proud, and then some. Children will encounter possibly unfamiliar flora and fauna (yucca and grama grasses, howdy owls and pronghorns) in this beautiful exploration of a prairie. \"Out on the prairie where the wispy clouds soar,\/Lived a mother prairie dog and her little pups Four.\" A different native animal is showcased in each lavish spread. Swan's illustrations are unique and quite astounding; made using collages of digitally scanned objects, found objects, and hand-painted papers, they are vibrant and have an almost 3-D quality to them. The grasshoppers seem to be jumping off the pages to spectacular effect. Back matter includes an extensive section, \"Prairie Flora and Fauna Facts.\" This book would be a great choice for any prairie ecosystem lesson, and it would make a sweet habitat storytime paired with Christopher Gunson's \u003cem\u003eOver on the Farm\u003c\/em\u003e (Scholastic, 1997) and Marianne Berkes's \u003cem\u003eOver in the Ocean\u003c\/em\u003e (Dawn, 2004).\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - ENTER DOWNLOADABLES BELOW - - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eDownloadables\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: left;\"\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/products\/out-on-the-prairie-cvr.jpg?v=1449513958\" style=\"display: block; float: none; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"btn-wrapper\"\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/out-on-the-prairie-hires.zip?8937137017107821822\" class=\"product-btn\"\u003eDownload the Cover\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER DETAILS BELOW - - - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eDetails\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003ePaperback\u003c\/strong\u003e \u003cbr\u003eISBN: 978-1-58089-378-7\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eE-book PDF\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cbr\u003eISBN: 978-1-60734-456-8\u003cbr\u003e For information about purchasing E-books, \u003ca title=\"E-book\" href=\"http:\/\/charlesbridge.myshopify.com\/pages\/e-books\"\u003eclick here\u003c\/a\u003e.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAges: 4-7\u003cbr\u003ePage count: 32\u003cbr\u003e9 x 9\u003c\/p\u003e\n[\/TABS]"}

Out on the Prairie

By: Donna M. Bateman / Illustrated by: Susan Swan

Sing and count with the critters of Badlands National Park.

Welcome to the prairie, where baby animals and their mothers happily wallow, run, slither, call, bark, hop, and scurry from dawn to dusk. In Susan Swan’s mixed media art, the rolling grasslands come to life, and the flora and fauna leap off the page. From birds and mammals to insects and reptiles, learn about the animals that inhabit this semiarid environment.

Following the success of Deep in the Swamp, author Donna Bateman takes readers on another adventure in Out on the Prairie. Count from one bison calf, two pronghorn fawns, all the way up to ten baby toads. Little ones will sing along with the rhyming text modeled after the traditional song “Over in the Meadow” by Olive A. Wadsworth. Back matter touches upon conservation efforts and includes fun facts about all the plants and animals named in the story, making it a great complement to elementary science lessons on ecosystems and lifecycles.

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Donna M. Bateman, author

Donna M. Bateman is the author of Deep in the Swamp, winner of the Southern Independent Book Alliance Award. She lives in Bridgeton, Missouri.

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Susan Swan, illustrator

Susan Swan has illustrated many children’s books, including A Monarch Butterfly’s Journey and It’s Fall. She lives in Ovilla, Texas.

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  • Bank Street College of Education's Best Children's Books of the Year, 2013

Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Traditionally patterned verses celebrate the flora, fauna and wide sky of the mixed-grass prairie of Badlands National Park in South Dakota.

“Out on the prairie where the snakeroot greets the sun, / Lived a shaggy mother bison and her little calf One.” As she did in Deep in the Swamp (2007), Bateman has chosen representative features and creatures to introduce a remarkable ecosystem. Counting from one to 10, she goes on to include pronghorns, meadowlarks, prairie dogs, grasshoppers, grouse, owls, rattlesnakes, coyotes and toads in a series of verses that also span the day from dawn to night. The poetry is not sacrificed to the information; she pays careful attention to language and rhythm, using splendid verbs. It reads aloud smoothly. Swan’s energetic cut-paper, mixed-media illustrations delight and instruct. She includes found objects and hand-painted paper, collaged and digitally combined on double-page spreads that blend into a spatter-paint frame in the story section. Plants and animals are identifiable in the pictures and described further in the backmatter, 10 pages of “Prairie Flora and Fauna Facts.” This describes the animals’ child-bearing and -rearing habits, offers further information about the plants, and defines the term “prairie.”

Another outstanding appreciation of the natural world for young readers and listeners both.

Publishers Weekly, starred review

Adapting the rhyme "Over in the Meadow," Bateman takes readers on a trip to Badlands National Park in South Dakota, highlighting 10 animals that make their homes there. Swan's showstopping collages have a three-dimensional quality that makes the prairie come alive a brightly marbled grasshopper stares out at readers, while "a mother meadowlark and her little chicks Three" cluster on photographs of actual branches amid sweeping newsprint grasses. An informative appendix (also illustrated) provides further details about bison, howdy owls, grama grasses, and more. All in all, it's a delightful introduction to a unique and beautiful ecosystem.

School Library Journal, starred review

Using the traditional rhyme scheme of "Over in the Meadow," this book does its predecessor proud, and then some. Children will encounter possibly unfamiliar flora and fauna (yucca and grama grasses, howdy owls and pronghorns) in this beautiful exploration of a prairie. "Out on the prairie where the wispy clouds soar,/Lived a mother prairie dog and her little pups Four." A different native animal is showcased in each lavish spread. Swan's illustrations are unique and quite astounding; made using collages of digitally scanned objects, found objects, and hand-painted papers, they are vibrant and have an almost 3-D quality to them. The grasshoppers seem to be jumping off the pages to spectacular effect. Back matter includes an extensive section, "Prairie Flora and Fauna Facts." This book would be a great choice for any prairie ecosystem lesson, and it would make a sweet habitat storytime paired with Christopher Gunson's Over on the Farm (Scholastic, 1997) and Marianne Berkes's Over in the Ocean (Dawn, 2004).

Paperback
ISBN: 978-1-58089-378-7

E-book PDF
ISBN: 978-1-60734-456-8
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Ages: 4-7
Page count: 32
9 x 9