Plains of Grass
by Leslie Bulion
illustrated by Becca Stadtlander
On the plains of the Serengeti, every plant, animal, and insect is connected. One moment a creature hunts; the next, it is hunted. Oxpeckers eat bugs off wildebeests, who chew through tough grass and make way for grazing gazelles. Even the smallest termite helps fertilize the soil.
With the help of science poet Leslie Bulion’s lyrical text and Becca Stadtlander’s stunning gouache illustrations, Serengeti: Plains of Grass brings this spectacular ecosystem to life on every page. Serengeti is a book that grows with your child: each page offers a simple story beat inspired by the East African poem form of the utendi, plus additional facts for readers who are ready to dig deeper. Extensive back matter provides even more jumping-off points for learning, with a glossary, map, and information on ecological conservation efforts in the area.
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“A vibrant picture of Tanzania’s Serengeti Plain and the animals and plants that reside there…. Rich gouache and pastel art…. A reverent and educational portrait of ‘one of the most productive and biodiverse ecosystems on Earth.'” —Publisher’s Weekly