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Doug Hitt, left, Lisa Grossman and Jake Vail have collaborated on the book “A Kansas Bestiary,” which features essays and watercolors on 15 native Kansas animals. Proceeds from the sale of the book will go to the Kansas Land Trust.

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Friends' 'Kansas Bestiary' tells stories of 15 native animals

"A Kansas Bestiary," from three Lawrence-area friends who share an interest in nature and conservation, draws on a medieval tradition to tell the stories of 15 animals that represent the state of Kansas. Using watercolor illustrations and essays, it connects the animals to literature, American Indian traditions, Kansas' past and more. Like its European ancestors from 800 or so years ago, this Kansas bestiary is no encyclopedia. But that doesn't mean it didn't require painstaking work to produce the essays and watercolor illustrations devoted to 15 different creatures native to the state. By Matt Erickson


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