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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Jannifer Colleen Powelson  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Children;

Born: 1968 in Galesburg, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

I grew up near Altona, Illinois and lived in Galesburg and Edwardsville while attending college and graduate school. I now work in Toulon, Illinois and reside in Princeton, Illinois. The book contains photos all taken in Illinois prairies, and the story is set in a Midwestern prairie.

Biographical and Professional Information

I grew up on a farm near Altona, Illinois. I graduated from Carl Sandburg College and then transferred to Knox College in Galesburg, where I majored in Biology. I obtained my Master of Science degree from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, where I majored in Biology. While in graduate school I worked for the Illinois Natural History, where I conducted research on raccoons. I began taking prairie plant photos during the research project. I began as the Resource Conservationist at the Stark County Soil and Water Conservation District in 1994 and currently work there.

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Titles At Your Library

Rachel and Sammy Visit the Prairie
ISBN: 1608607054

Strategic Book Publishing. 2009

Rachel and Sammy Visit the Prairie is an exceptional tool for teaching children about life on a Midwest prairie. With an entertaining and educational storyline, vivid photos plus realistic illustrations, the book will encourage readers to dive into the great outdoors and learn more about the natural world. This little story on the prairie will teach children all about prairie plants. Rachel Raccoon and Sammy Skunk meet near a prairie and explore it together. Rachel is a very smart raccoon and teaches Sammy to identify 20 common prairie plants. The book serves as a junior field guide for children interested in learning about the prairie in a fun way. Author Jannifer Powelson of Princeton, Illinois, shot the photos for her book. She wrote her master's thesis on raccoons and now works as a conservationist. This is the first book in a series about Rachel and Sammy. Publisher's website: Prairie.html

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