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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Carol Lerner  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Children;

Born: 1927 Chicago, Illinois

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Lerner lived in Chicago her entire life.

Biographical and Professional Information

Carol Lerner is an author and illustrator. Her interest in the study of nature began when she noticed the intense interest her children had in the plants and animals around them. She began her study with courses in botany and ornithology at the Morton Arboretum and eventually studied botanical drawing for three years. Her first book illustrations were for other authors, but she quickly moved to writing her own books.


'On the Forest Edge ' Special Artistic Merit Award, Friends of American Writers 'Tree Flowers ' Notable Book, ALA 'Seasons of the Tallgrass Prairie ' Notable Book, ALA 'A Biblical Garden ' Notable Book, ALA 'Pitcher Plants ' Notable Book, ALA 'A Forest Year ' Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children, NSTA/CBC 'Moonseed and Mistletoe ' Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children, NSTA/CBC 'Plant Families ' Honor Book, New York Academy of Sciences 'Dumb Cane and Daffodils ' Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children, NSTA/CBC 'Cactus ' Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children, NSTA/CBC 'Other Awards ' Carl Sandburg Award Children`s Reading Round Table Annual Award, 1994

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Speaking Engagement Availability (No) '''Contact Information ''' Morrow Publishing 1350 Avenue of the Americas New York, New York 10119 212)261-6689

Selected Titles At Your Library

A Biblical garden /
ISBN: 0688010717. OCLC Number: 7875422

Morrow,. .

Descriptions and pictures of twenty plants mentioned in the Old Testament, including fig, lentil, olive, papyrus, and pomegranate.

A desert year /
ISBN: 0688093833. OCLC Number: 22277225

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A study of the animals and plants found in the desert of America's southwest.

A forest year /
ISBN: 0688064132. OCLC Number: 13560890

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Describes how seasonal changes in a forest affect the plants and animals that live there.

Backyard birds of summer /
ISBN: 0688136001. OCLC Number: 32430401

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Describes primarily those species of birds which are tropical migrants visiting the North only during the nesting season. Includes suggestions for attracting birds to one's yard.

Backyard birds of winter
ISBN: 068812819X. OCLC Number: 29846764

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Bird-watching in winter months is popular. Over forty species commonly seen in North America are pictured and described.

Butterflies in the garden /
ISBN: 0688174787. OCLC Number: 45002256

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Shows gardeners how to attract butterflies to their gardens and provides other facts about butterflies.

Dumb cane and daffodils :
ISBN: 0688087914. OCLC Number: 19740679

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Describes the physical characteristics, natural habitats, and harmful effects of several varieties of plants grown in North America.

Dune country :
ISBN: 080400854X. OCLC Number: 10779501

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Moonseed and mistletoe :
ISBN: 0688073077. OCLC Number: 16082917

Morrow Junior Books,. .

Introduces plants to be found in the wild that may be trouble some to us by irritating the skin or causing illness or death from tasting or eating.

My backyard garden /
ISBN: 0688147550. OCLC Number: 36498876

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Explains how to start your own vegetable garden and how to cope with common problems, describing the round of activities from month to month throughout the year.

My indoor garden /
ISBN: 0688147534. OCLC Number: 39124345

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Discusses how to care for plants indoors, including such aspects as light, temperature, humidity, pests, diseases, equipment, and how to choose and grow your own plants.

On the forest edge /
ISBN: 0688221629. OCLC Number: 3845249

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Describes the plants and animals that inhabit the area where the edge of a forest meets an abandoned field.

On the wing :
ISBN: 0688166490. OCLC Number: 44270261

HarperCollins Publishers,. .

Explore the journeys of nearly thirty different birds as they take flight across the Americas.

Pitcher plants :
ISBN: 0688017177. OCLC Number: 8628561

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Paintings, drawings, and text depict the species of plant known as pitcher plants, which eat insects to survive.

Plant families /
ISBN: 0688078818. OCLC Number: 18560488

Morrow Junior Books,. .

Provides simplified descriptions of twelve of the largest families of flowering plants in North America.

Plants that make you sniffle and sneeze /
ISBN: 068811489X. OCLC Number: 26854627

Morrow Junior Books,. .

Discusses hay fever and describes the various plants whose pollen triggers hay fever allergies with information on where they grow, how their pollen is dispersed, and what can be done to avoid exposure to these irritants.

Seasons of the tallgrass prairie /
ISBN: 068832245X. OCLC Number: 6144349

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Describes the plant life of the American prairie, season by season, and the role of wildfire in its ecology.

The 100-year-old cactus
ISBN: 0590078798. OCLC Number: 9080784

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Describes the first 100 years of the saguaro cactus as it grows from seed to adult plant in the hot, dry desert of Arizona and provides food and shelter for the desert animals.

Tree flowers
ISBN: 0688027695. OCLC Number: 9853860

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Text and drawings follow the growth cycle of twelve common flowering trees: pussywillow, white oak, sugar maple, elm, apple, horse chestnut, flowering dogwood, magnolia, witch hazel, black walnut, black locust, and tulip tree.