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Big Fat

By Loyd Tireman
Illustrations by Ralph Douglass

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Overview

The fifth book of the Mesaland Series tells the story of lovable, lumbering prairie dog Big Fat. The largest prairie dog on the mesa, he loves to eat tender green stems and delicious prickly pears. His mischievous neighbor Little Ugly teases Big Fat when he plumps down for a rest on cactus spines and pops up howling. But when Big Fat shows off a beautiful litter of puppies, Little Ugly joins Big Fat as he watches carefully for the dangerous coyote Three-Toes.

First published between 1943 and 1949 and now available again, the seven books in the Mesaland Series introduce a new generation of readers to the animals and plants of the great Southwest.

Contributor Bios
Born in Orchard, Iowa, Loyd Tireman (1896–1959) was a pioneer in bilingual and community education. In 1927 Tireman began his thirty-two-year career at the University of New Mexico as a professor of elementary education. In 1947 Tireman established a curriculum materials center, which grew into a library located at the University of New Mexico College of Education.
Ralph Douglass (1895–1971) was a professor in the Department of Art at the University of New Mexico.
Evelyn Yrisarri was a member of the National Storyteller’s League of Washington, DC, and specialized in storytelling for young children.