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Selected as a 2013 Kansas Notable Book

Thousands of years ago, Kansas was a place where incredible beasts roamed the countryside.

It still is.

A Kansas Bestiary presents 15 portraits of our wild neighbors, to spark a sense of awe and help us understand our own interconnectedness with the natural systems of the Sunflower State. Written by Jake Vail and Doug Hitt, and illustrated and designed by Lisa Grossman, it was published in collaboration with the Kansas Land Trust. A Kansas Bestiary was made possible by a generous grant from the Elizabeth Schultz Environmental Fund of the Douglas County Community Foundation.

Published in January of 2013, we are pleased and delighted to announce that we have returned to Allen Press for a second printing. We–that is, you–have raised over $10,000 to preserve the land with which Kansas animals evolved, through the efforts of the Kansas Land Trust.

We’re also happy to announce that A Kansas Bestiary was named a finalist for the 2014 Prairie Heritage Book Award, sponsored by Prairie Heritage, Inc., and Bird Runner Wildlife Refuge.

“This charming book, A Kansas Bestiary, is full of meditations equally amusing, profound, and informative. The light-hearted exquisitely drawn illustrations and the engaging surprising texts took me outdoors, and I returned relaxed and enlightened. I’m not kidding.”

— TERRY EVANS, photographer, author, Prairie Stories

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