Rachel and Sammy Visit the Forest

A Guide to Spring Woodland Wildflowers

Children - Educational
40 Pages
Reviewed on 04/17/2011
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Author Biography

Born and raised on a farm in West Central Illinois, Jannifer Powelson's interest in conservation and the natural world was sparked at an early age, and she always enjoyed writing stories. Powelson's education in nature continued at college, and she graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Biology from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois and a Master's Degree in Biology from Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville. She conducted thesis research in Northern Illinois, where she also practiced identifying and photographing prairie plants. Many of these plant photos are featured in the first book in the Rachel Raccoon and Sammy Skunk Series, "Rachel and Sammy Visit the Prairie". The main characters, Rachel Raccoon and Sammy Skunk, were derived from Powelson's wildlife research on raccoons, when she also experienced a few interesting and stinky incidents with skunks.

"Rachel and Sammy Visit the Forest - A Guide to Spring Woodland Wildflowers" is the second book, and "Rachel and Sammy Learn About Trees" is the third book in the series. The fourth of these fun and educational books, "Rachel and Sammy Learn to Conserve" was released in the spring of 2013.

Jannifer is employed as a conservationist and resides in Princeton, Illinois with her husband and two daughters. She enjoys reading, writing, photography, nature, and travel. In 2012, she co-founded Progressive Rising Phoenix Press, and they are busy publishing and promoting a wide variety of children's and young adult books.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lynette Fowlston for Readers' Favorite

Rachel and Sammy Visit The Forest is the second book in the adventures of Rachel the Raccoon and Sammy the Skunk. In the first adventure we found Rachel and Sammy visiting the prairie near their home and a look at some amazing flowers that grow there. In their newest adventure they are going to the forest to look at the wildflowers that are native to the forest land.

With a snack and a lunch packed and wildflower book in hand, Rachel and Sammy enter the forest near their home. On their newest journey they come across many flowers that only grow in the depths of the forest and bloom early before the trees put on their leaves. With many different flowers to look at, Sammy once again learns about all the different flowers and even teaches Rachel a lesson on flowers.

The illustrations throughout the book are very well done, along with some beautiful colored pictures of the different flowers they found. From Wild Violets, to Jack-in-the-Pulpits, to Dutchman’s Breeches and more, this is an ideal book for your child or grandchild to help them learn right along with Rachel and Sammy. It will also be good for a family outing just to walk in the woods and see how many different flowers one can find. This is a set of books I would recommend for every child’s library. As the Adventures of Rachel and Sammy continue in the future so will your child’s reading library and knowledge.