Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Prairie Dog Song

In a word, gorgeous.  From the information about the author on the back dust jacket flap, “About the illustrations for this book, Roth says, “I cut blade after blade of grass to fill the prairies.  I guess I cut about fifty billion.”  The work that goes into creating the illustrations for a book like this is impressive.  Roth never fails to disappoint with her cut paper collage work.  The texture is palpable.  The story crafted by Roth and Trombone is beautiful, then heartbreaking and finally hopeful all at once.  The sources are extensive and the backwater including the song lyrics and music; fun facts about prairie dogs; and further information about the Janos Grasslands are very helpful for the reader who wants more.  The double text makes this easy to digest for both younger and older readers alike.  Well done!

Title: Prairie Dog Song
Author: Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trombone
Illustrator: Susan L. Roth
Published 2016 by Lee and Low Books Inc.
ISBN: 978-1-62014-245-5

This copy was borrowed from the public library for purpose of review.

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