Watch the sand hill cranes avoid the tornado, the red fox thrill to a soft evening shower, the earless lizard shimmy as it disappears beneath the burning sands of summer, the cougar dodge hail stones, the bald eagle shed sleet and the bison face into the teeth of a blizzard and stand defiant. Each month features a storm typical of that season and a prairie animal in its normal habitat. The prairie biome or ecosystem is explored through its weather, especially its storms. Told in lyrical prose, this story is a celebration of the grasslands that dominates the center of American lands.
Coming in 2012, a companion book, DESERT BATHS, by Darcy Pattison, illustrated by Kathleen Rietz.
NONFICTION BOOK BLAST: Booktalks and Activities for Your Library
Start school with new booktalks and activities from ten nonfiction authors: April Pulley Sayre (Rah, Rah, Radishes) Kelly Milner Halls (In Search of Sasquatch) Deborah Heiligman (Charles and Emma) Loree Griffin Burns (The Hive Detectives) Carla Killough McClafferty (The Many Faces of George Washington) Christine Taylor-Butler (Magnets) Shirley Duke (You Can't Wear These Genes) Darcy Pattison (Prairie Storms) Carla Mooney (Explorers of the New World) Anastasia Suen (Read and Write Sports). (Handouts)
American Library Association Annual Conference Sunday June 26, 2011 8 am -- 10 am