PRINCETON — Local author Jannifer Powelson has recently published the fourth book in the Rachel Raccoon and Sammy Skunk series.
These books contain colorful photos, realistic illustrations and entertaining characters that combine to teach children about nature.
In her latest book, “Rachel and Sammy Learn to Conserve,” Rachel, Sammy and their classmates help children discover that everyone wins when they conserve the earth’s natural resources. Readers will learn all about planting trees and native plants, soil, water and energy conservation, wildlife habitats, recycling, and more. This book joins the other three in the series that were recently republished by the Progressive Rising Phoenix Press, an independent publisher co-founded by Powelson in 2012.
Readers met Rachel and Sammy in “Rachel and Sammy Visit the Prairie,” the first book in Powelson’s Rachel Raccoon and Sammy Skunk series. This book is a great tool for teaching children to identify 20 common prairie plants.
“Rachel and Sammy Visit the Forest” is the second in the series. The beautifully illustrated book helps children learn to identify 15 common spring woodland wildflowers and is a great guide to take along on a nature hike.
“Rachel and Sammy Learn About Trees” is the third book in the series. Rachel and Sammy, along with their classmates, their teacher, Mrs. Doe, and Doc Opossum, take a field trip to the forest, where they discover all kinds of interesting tree facts. This book teaches children about tree identification, parts of trees, importance of trees, photosynthesis, and more.
Powelson, originally from Altona, currently lives in Princeton and has been writing children’s books since 2003. The author conducted research on raccoons to write her master’s thesis and now works as a resource conservationist at the Stark County Soil and Water Conservation District. Her daughters and her love of nature, photography, writing and education were the inspirations for the Rachel and Sammy books. Powelson is busy working with her partner at Progressive Rising Phoenix Press to publish a wide variety of children’s books.