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The Resource Plant a pocket of prairie, Phyllis Root ; illustrations by Betsy Bowen

Plant a pocket of prairie, Phyllis Root ; illustrations by Betsy Bowen

Label
Plant a pocket of prairie
Title
Plant a pocket of prairie
Statement of responsibility
Phyllis Root ; illustrations by Betsy Bowen
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Contributor
Author
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Once covering almost 40 percent of the United States, native prairie is today one of the most endangered ecosystems in the world. "Plant a Pocket of Prairie" teaches children how changes in one part of the system affect every other part: when prairie plants are destroyed, the animals who eat those plants and live on or around them are harmed as well. Root shows what happens when we work to restore the prairies, encouraging readers to "plant a pocket of prairie" in their own backyards
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Review
  • Without placing blame, Root (who, along with Bowen, explored Minnesotan bogs in Big Belching Bog) describes the near-total loss of Midwest prairie habitat: “Almost all gone now/ to farm and town and city,/ even before we knew/ all of the things a prairie could do.” In lilting, free-verse passages, she lets kids know that even small plots of native plants can replicate prairie conditions. “Plant foxglove beardtongue,” she suggests. “A ruby-throated hummingbird/ might hover and sip and thrum.” The excitement keeps growing: “Your pocket of prairie might be full of blooming and buzzing and fluttering. But don’t stop now—Plant purple coneflowers and Joe Pye weed and wait for Dakota skippers and swallowtails to flit and feed.” Bowen’s woodblock illustrations lend the right low-tech, homemade feel to the pages, but kids will probably need additional resources to identify the species Root suggests planting. Although the pages give the impression that the wildlife will show up instantaneously, it might take longer than that for plants to be established and for birds and insects to find them. But if they’re forewarned, kids will wait. Ages 5–10. (Apr.)â–  --Staff (Reviewed January 27, 2014) (Publishers Weekly, vol 261, issue 04, p)
  • Readers won't find a definition of what a prairie actually is, but they will learn about the wealth of flora and fauna it contains—and how the loss of any of its life forms affects others tremendously. Even urban and suburban dwellers can help bring prairies to life again, if only in a limited way, by "[planting] a pocket of prairie / in your backyard / or boulevard / or boxes on a balcony." Doing so would invite a host of birds, animals and insects to feast on typical prairie plants bearing wonderful names like "foxglove beardtongue" and "hairy mountain mint." To this end, it helps that the author advises that certain plants can thrive in containers, while some plants must be planted in the earth, but this isn't really a gardening book. Instead, it's a fanciful celebration of possibility, as with the addition of each new plant in the hypothetical "pocket," more prairie wildlife appears, till a bison and her calf are browsing in the grasses. The lively, simple text is poetic; the colorful illustrations of native creatures and plants are energetic. While some of the author's supplemental text and a map refer specifically to Minnesota, she emphasizes that tiny "pockets of prairie" still exist in various—and unexpected—places elsewhere. This not-so-whimsical flight of fancy could well inspire a new generation of conservationists. (notes about prairies and prairie wildlife) (Informational picture book. 6-10)(Kirkus Reviews, March 1, 2014)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10315386
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Root, Phyllis
Dewey number
583/.73
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 4
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Bowen, Betsy
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Prairie plants
  • Prairie plants
  • Prairie plants
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Plant a pocket of prairie, Phyllis Root ; illustrations by Betsy Bowen
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
1062049
Dimensions
27 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780816679805
Lccn
2013040345
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
chiefly color illustrations, color map
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780816679805
  • (OCoLC)863127573
Label
Plant a pocket of prairie, Phyllis Root ; illustrations by Betsy Bowen
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
1062049
Dimensions
27 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780816679805
Lccn
2013040345
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
chiefly color illustrations, color map
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780816679805
  • (OCoLC)863127573

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