Larry Saves the Prairie

“Hi! I’m Annabelle. And I’m Angus. We are black-tailed prairie dogs who live in Kansas. We want to tell you a story about a real wildlife hero, our friend Larry Haverfield.”

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. 


Author:  Matt Bergles
Illustrator:  Rob Peters
Publication Date:  September 1, 2015

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Matt Bergles

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.

Rob Peters

Rob Peters is a freelance illustrator, cartoonist and designer. He has a degree in visual communications from Judson College in Elgin, Illinois, and worked as a cover artist and designer in the yearbook industry for over five years. As a freelance artist, he has designed logos, book covers, and illustrated dozens of children’s picture books, including Kansas City Chiefs ABCs and 1-2-3s. Rob currently lives in Topeka, Kansas, with his wife and children. To learn more about Rob, please visit

What Our Readers Are Saying…

“Love this book! The text and illustrations are fun! The storytellers are two prairie dogs, Annabelle and Angus, telling about their wildlife challenges. It is a true story about Larry Haverfield and how he helped protect prairie dogs and other wildlife on his ranch. This book is for children but adults can enjoy it as well. It’s a great lesson about how just one person can make a real difference.”

CJ Lucas, 5-Star Amazon Review


“This book is absolutely wonderful and actually a true story. I actually met Larry Haverfield when I was volunteering with The Nature Conservancy to conduct black-footed ferret presence/absence surveys in Kansas. Larry and his wife, Bette, were very kind to all the volunteers and just sitting and talking to him was a treasure. I feel like his presence lives on a little bit in this book. Highly recommend this book. Thanks.”

notasushifan, 5-Star Amazon Review