Friday, May 25, 2012

Perfect Picture Book Friday: Prairie Storms

Welcome to Perfect Picture Book Friday! I hope this post will be a help to those who love picture books and want to share them with their own children or those they teach.

Before I begin, I would like to thank Michelle Bradford for hosting a giveaway in which I won today’s book! Also thanks to Darcy Pattison for giving away a signed copy!


Written by: Darcy Pattison
Illustrated by: Kathleen Rietz

Sylvan Dell Publishing 2011
Non-Fiction for ages 3 to 10

Themes: science (weather and animals)

Opening and brief synopsis:
Low, thick clouds dump snow, covering the prairies. Whistling winds shape and mold the snow into drifts and hollows. The prairie chicken claws into a drift, digging a winter roost.

Each two page spread features a month of the year and the weather or storms typical of that month on the prairie. A prairie animal is also featured by showing how they adapt to the storm. My favorite featured animals include the ground hog, sandhill cranes and a white tailed doe and fawn.

Why I like this book:
I loved the first section of the book featuring a prairie animal against its habitat backdrop in each spread. The illustrations are very real and pull the reader in. The back section features a “Creative Minds” educational section. Younger kids can learn so much from reading the story, while older kids gain knowledge from the excellent resources and Q&A sections in the back.

The last six pages of the book are an amazing resource and even more can be found at

Perfect Picture Book Friday is a wonderful idea started by Susanna Leonard Hill. For other “Just Right” books, visit her blog.