Book Review: Larry Saves the Prairie by Matt Bergles



Larry Saves the Prairie Cover
Children’s Book 
Date Published: September 1, 2015
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 neighbors 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.


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My Review

I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.

Annabelle and Angus are prairie dogs who share Larry’s story. What a great way to tell his story to children. It not only teaches them how every animal is important to the Kansas prairie, how Larry and his neighbors saved the prairie but also the importance of standing up for what is right.

The text is easy to read and it has colorful pictures. There are even pages at the end to color.

At the very end of the book is information for adults. It explains Larry’s story and how we can help. It also lists several groups that are dedicated to prairie preservation. This is a good book for both children and their parents. I enjoyed learning about how Larry Saves the Prairie.


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.

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