Ecosystem Series

Who Needs a Prairie?

A Grassland Ecosystem

Publisher: Tundra Books
Karen Patkau takes readers on an amazing voyage of discovery to find out

   • How wild and rugged prairies become grasslands 
   • Why prairie inhabitants depend on each other and their surroundings 
   • What wildlife and plants thrive in large open spaces 
   • How seasons and weather conditions affect life on the prairies 
   • How fire restores the land 
   • What life is like on the Great Plains 
   • How a food chain forms 
   • How some prairie plants protect the land 
   • Why we need prairies


PRAISE FOR Ecosystem Series:

"Patkau introduces readers to the North American Arctic ecosystem efficiently and methodically, discussing habitat, the food chain and seasonal changes, along with the ever-important formation of the iceberg.... Her digitally composed illustrations at times offer informative scenic views, and at times, present readers with more direct scientific information. This, as well as its companion volumes Who Needs a Swamp? and Who Needs a Jungle? offers a clear, readable introduction for budding naturalists and geographers." - The Toronto Star

"...Patkau offers a series of vibrant scenes ... striking illustrations. The text both interprets the visual content ... and offers paragraphs of diverse facts." - Booklist