Rachel and Sammy Visit the Prairie


Children - Educational
52 Pages
Reviewed on 02/06/2011
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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 the Raccoon and Sammy the Skunk take a leisurely tour of the prairie near their home. Rachel has been studying the wildflowers and grasses that grow in the prairie and knows quite a bit about them; but Sammy has never learned about the plants, so this is a new learning adventure for him.

As Rachel teaches Sammy all about the wildflowers in the Midwest prairie, children also learn. This is an exceptional book for both children and adults. With colorful pictures and names of the plants, along with a description of them, children will soon learn all about the various plants and may even find some of them growing in their own yard. Birds and wind are known to carry the seeds many miles, so one never knows where they will find these plants growing.

This would be a great bedtime read or for a classroom assignment before going on a field trip to the prairie. The illustrations are magnificent and will hold the interest of even the youngest child. This would make an ideal gift for a child or grandchild.

This is the first book in a series about Rachel and Sammy. Look for more adventures in the future.