29 November, 2015

Larry Saves the Prairie by Matt Bergels - [Book review]

Book Details: 
Title: Larry Saves the Prairie
Author: Matt Bergels
Illlustrated by: Rob Peters
Genre: Children's fiction
Publishers: Merry Dissonance Press (September 1, 2015)

Source: A free e-book copy through Reading addiction virtual tours

Through the voices of Annabelle and Angus, discover what almost happened to wildlife on the Kansas prairie. When Larry receives a letter that says he must destroy the prairie dogs on his land, he and some of his neighbours join together to make certain that all wildlife remain unharmed. Not only were black-tailed prairie dogs at risk of destruction but the already-endangered black-footed ferrets were at risk of becoming extinct. 

In Larry Saves the Prairie, with the help of Annabelle and Angus, you'll discover what it means to be a true hero, and most especially, what it took to save prairie wildlife in Kansas.

Purchase links:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1LYtkfg 
Barnes and Noble: http://bit.ly/1FytiOw

My Review:

This is my first children's e-book. I have a 5 year old kid and I planned to read this to him by showing illustrations. Story is about Larry, who saved the Prairie and the wild life living there. It talks about the importance of wild life in keeping our eco-system  balanced. 

Two black tailed prairie dogs - Angus and Annabelle narrate the story on how Larry saved the wild life. There was a tradition of poisoning the Prairie to kill wild animals. Larry fights against this killing of animals in Prairie and explains the benefits of wild animals in our ecosystem. This story tells us the importance of preserving wild life. As the author mentions, it's based on the real story of Mr.Larry Haverfield. 

Illustrations are appealing for children and good. But, this is not for year old kid as terms are quite difficult to explain for that age group. It might be good for 7 to 10 years old. 

My Rating: 3/5
I would recommend this to children in the age group of around 6 to 7 years old.

About the Author:

Matt Bergles is a Colorado native who grew up in Pueblo, Colorado. He earned a bachelor's degree in social science from CSU-Pueblo, his master's degree in U.S. history, and a Ph.D. in public affairs at CU Denver, as well as a certificate in alternative dispute resolution. 

Matt currently teaches at a K-8 private school in Denver, where he has witnessed firsthand young, inner-city kids' curiosity and love of animals and nature, observing that every time they are asked what community service project or charitable cause they'd like to be involved with, most K-3 students pick something related to domestic animals or wildlife. This natural love and curiosity led Matt to write Larry Saves the Prairie for young children.

Matt is an independent researcher and advocate for wildlife conservation, especially conservation of prairie habitat. Matt lives in Denver with his wife, Kate, two children, Luke and Mary, and dog Samuel. He is a volunteer coach, a private pilot, and has helped teach his teenage son to fly.

Contact Information Website: http://www.mattbergles.com/

PS: I have received this free review copy from the author through Reading addiction book tours and this is my honest opinion.

Until next time,

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