Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Prairie Builders by Sneed B. Collard III

Collard, Sneed B. III The Prairie Builders: Reconstructing America’s Lost Grasslands, 69 p. Houghton Mifflin, 2005. $8.95. PICTURE BOOK (now in paper). By the early 1900’s, 96% of America’s tallgrass prairie had been plowed under. In 1992 , scientists in Iowa embarked on a bold experiment to recreate the flora and fauna of the tallgrass prairie and create from scratch a new ecosystem. The amount of detail makes this book best for the teacher, who can then extract what they want to share with their classes – or as a primer for a class/school butterfly garden project – the more long term the better. The pictures are beautiful and inspiring! EL, MS - OPTIONAL. Cindy, Library-Teacher.

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