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Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Mary Nourie  

Pen Name: Mary Jessie Parker


Audience: Adult; Young Adult; Children; Children;

Born: 1948 in Kankakee, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Nourie was born in Kankakee, Illinois and is a life-long resident of central Illinois. She taught grades 1-3 in Cissna Park and Danville, Illinois public schools. She currently resides in Newman, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Nourie has sold fiction stories, articles, and poems to ''Cricket'', ''Highlights'', ''Jack and Jill'', ''Zootles'', ''Clubhouse Jr'', ''Pennywhistle Press'', and ''Volunteer Fireman'' magazines.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Night Fire!
ISBN: 0590414232

Scholastic. 1989

"Night comes. Sparks leap. Fire grows. Alarm buzzes. Children wake. Sirens shriek." In terse statements, the mood of a night fire in a home is evoked. Includes advice for fire prevention and for dealing with a fire in the home.

City Storm
ISBN: 0590423061

Scholastic Paperbacks. 1993

Illustrations and brief text capture the dramatic moments of a sudden storm.

Wild and Woolly
ISBN: 0525472762

Dutton Juvenile. 2005

When Wild, a bighorn ram and Woolly, a gentle sheep who lives on the prairie, stumble upon one another on a hot summer afternoon, they begin an unlikely friendship filled with many funny adventures and unexpected events.

The Deep Deep Puddle
ISBN: 0803737653

Dial Books. 2013

Young puddle jumpers will delight in this silly Seuss-like fantasy about a puddle that keeps on growing. How deep can it get? So deep that soon enough, glub glub glub, the entire city sinks out of sight, only to reappear later with everything in disarray. This ingenious urban counting tale will engage young ones learning their numbers, as well as older readers who will enjoy the overlying story and the breezy artwork.



Speaking Engagements

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