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Camas & Sage: A Story of Bison Life on the Prairie Paperback – October 15, 2015
Young readers will no doubt enjoy the narrative story of Camas, a young bison spending her first year of life on the prairie with her mother, who is the leader of her group. The outstanding feature of this book is the way in which many subject areas are integrated into the text to create a holistic picture of prairie life and the life of a bison.
The author's use of imagery makes it easy for the reader to place themselves into the story, imagining what life would be like for these icons of the American prairie. History and social studies integrations show the reader how Native Americans and early pioneers affected the bison populations in the American west. Many aspects of biology and ecology are explored through bison behavior and interactions of the bison with its biotic and abiotic environment.
Lastly, there is a conservation message woven throughout the text, as the reader learns about the American Prairie Reserve and human influence on bison population numbers over time. The book would be a wonderful addition to the classroom library of an elementary level teacher, especially one interested in interdisciplinary teaching. --NSTA Recommends
Winner of Skipping Stones Honor Award in the Nature and Ecology Category --Skipping Stones Magazine
About the Author
Dorothy Hinshaw Patent had devoted her career to writing nonfiction for children. She is a longtime Montana resident with a PhD in zoology. Dr. Patent has received many awards for her work including the Washington Post-Chidren’s Book Guild Nonfiction Award and the Orbis Pictus Honor Book Award.