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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Sue Van Wassenhove  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Born: 1951 in Annawan, Illinois

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Sue grew up in the small town of Annawan, Illinois with a population of only 800 people.

Biographical and Professional Information

Sue, who holds a degree in teaching German, has taught middle school foreign language and art. In 1999, with her husband Joe and four sons, she moved to Miami, where she became familiar with the ecosystems and wildlife of the Everglades during weekend birding trips. At that time, she turned to painting and writing while recovering from breast cancer. The best topics around were the Everglades' birds.She now lives in Peoria, Illinois


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Titles At Your Library

The Seldom-Ever-Shady Glades
ISBN: 1590783522

WordSong. 2008

Poems and quilts pay tribute to the unique creatures and landscape of the Everglades. The unusual waterways and exotic vegetation of the Florida Everglades create a home rich with sea creatures and wildlife, especially birds. Colorful and often majestic, these feathery residents evoke images that can tickle the imagination: the ballerina-like spoonbill

the biker-cool, wild-eyed cormorant

the snowy egret, elegantly dressed in white tails and black spats. Sue Van Wassenhove, who lived in Florida for many years, shares her passion for the Everglades in thoughtful poems and—in an unusual twist—with breathtaking quilts, creating a one-of-a-kind poetry book for readers to savor.