Rachel and Sammy Learn to Conserve

Rachel Raccoon and Sammy Skunk Series

Children - Concept
32 Pages
Reviewed on 05/12/2013
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Author Biography

Born and raised on a farm in northwestern Illinois, Jannifer Powelson's interest in writing, conservation, and the natural world was sparked at an early age. Books in the Nature Station Mystery Series encompass her passions of writing, photography, nature, and reading mysteries.

Powelson is also the author of five books in the Rachel Raccoon and Sammy Skunk series. These books use entertaining storylines, colorful and realistic illustrations, and photos taken by Powelson, to educate children about nature.

Powelson works as a conservationist and resides in northwestern Illinois with her husband and two daughters. Ms. Powelson is currently working on the ninth book in the Nature Station Mystery Series, "Market Fresh."

    Book Review

Reviewed by Kristie Ingerto for Readers' Favorite

“Rachel and Sammy Learn to Conserve” is a children’s book in the 'Rachel Raccoon and Sammy Skunk Series', and is written by Jannifer Powelson and illustrated by Kalpart. It is the last day of school before summer vacation and the students have one last presentation to do after lunchtime before they are free for summer. Rachel, Sammy and the other students in their science class present their final conservation projects. Before Rachel presents her project on trees, the class discusses what conservation means. This is a great opening for the various projects that follow including conserving soil and water. As the class makes their presentations, the reader will learn right along with the class many valuable lessons with regard to the environment and conserving natural resources.

This book is a wonderful addition to the series! It is filled with vibrant and adorable illustrations that go along with the story. Young readers will love the details included in the pictures and they will be drawn into the story through these. I love that the author has included photographs that she has taken throughout the book as well. For example, there are pictures of mulch, a rain barrel and white oak leaves included in the book; this gives the reader an accurate representation of these things and this will help them to identify these items in their own environments as well. This book would be a great one to use in a science class or with young children in any setting as a tool to help introduce the concept of conserving which is a valuable life lesson.