Max and Hannah are about to go on their first pheasant hunt. They have taken their safety course, and they can’t wait to get out into the field. But there is much they don’t know about the Chinese ring-necked pheasant, and the twins’ grandfather has plenty to teach them before they load their shotguns for the first time.
The Mystery of the Pheasants tells the history of the South Dakota state bird, from its arrival from China, through its successful adaptation to the plains, and onto the traditions of hunting that are so important to the state and the surrounding region.
The Mystery of the Pheasants is suitable for a first- to third-grade reading level or for reading aloud to a younger audience.
Click here to read a review of this book as published in South Dakota Magazine.
"The Mystery of the Pheasants is excellent reading"—Midwest Book Reviews
Click here to read the complete review of this book from the Midwest Book Review.
Listen to Meierhenry and Volk chat about their new book on South Dakota Public Radio.
Praise for the authors’ previous books:
The Mystery of the Round Rocks: “A nicely done lesson in natural history”—Roundup Magazine
The Mystery of the Tree Rings: “A charming story”—Midwest Book Review
The Mystery of the Maize: “A delightful book”—Journal of the West
Praise for The Raccoon and the Bee Tree, illustrated by Susan Turnbull:
“Outstanding artwork”—LibraryThing.com reviewer
Former South Dakota attorney general Mark Meierhenry currently practices law in Sioux Falls.
Five-time state treasurer David Volk also served as cabinet secretary for Governor William Janklow.
Susan Turnbull is an award-winning illustrator and artist from Rapid City, South Dakota.