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Prairie Storms    by Darcy Pattison & Kathleen Rietz order for
Prairie Storms
by Darcy Pattison
Order:  USA  Can
Arbordale, 2011 (2011)

* * *   Reviewed by Lyn Seippel

What do animals do during natural disasters? Darcy Pattison shows examples of what might happen using the prairie ecosystem. She uses weather changes on the prairie as month by month new challenges are brought to the animals there.

In a January snowstorm, a prairie chicken claws a nice roost beneath the snow drifts. An April flashflood finds prairie dogs hunkering down in their burrows beneath the ground as water crashes through their prairie dog village.

Illustrations by Kathleen Rietz bring the prairie animals to life. Thick pages add quality and longevity to the books in this series. They're sure to be read over and over.

The last six pages are for Creative Minds, offering interactive information on the grassland habitat, grasslands around the world, and weather and seasonal changes. Pattison's Prairie Storms webpage, offers quizzes, lesson plans and coloring pages.

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