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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Carolyn Lesser  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Young Adult; Children; Children;

Born: 1939 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin

-- Carolyn Lesser on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Lesser lived in Quincy.

Biographical and Professional Information

Carolyn Lesser is an author, poet, essayist, educator, explorer, fiber artist and photographer. As an author, she has published eight natural science books for children. Her research has taken her from the Arctic to the Antarctic, in the desert and wetlands. As an artist and designer, she has been commissioned to create liturgical and secular fiber art for churches, schools, office buildings and hospitals in the United States and South America. She also creates ceramic sculptures. Her photography includes color-saturated nature and abstracts; landscapes, portraits, nautical scenes, and fine art travel photographs. A teacher of all ages, Lesser helps others to write clearly and speak confidently. Her goal is to liberate the creative, curious, unique genius within. Lesser currently resides in St. Louis, Missouri.

Selected Titles At Your Library

Goodnight circle.
ISBN: 0152321594. OCLC Number:

[publisher not identified],. [Place of publication not identified] :. 1991.

Dig hole, soft mole /
ISBN: 0152234918. OCLC Number:

Harcourt Brace,. San Diego :. ©1996.

A star-nosed mole travels underground and underwater, exploring marsh and pond. Young readers get a mole's-eye view of marsh life, following one star-nosed mole on an expedition through a dark tunnel deep underground and out into a sparkling pond. Full color.

Great crystal bear /
ISBN: 0152006672. OCLC Number:

Harcourt Brace,. San Diego :. 1996.

A great polar bear sleeps, hunts, wanders, and mates as the seasons pass.

Storm on the desert /
ISBN: 0152721983. OCLC Number:

Harcourt Brace & Co.,. San Diego :. ©1997.

Describes the animal and plant life in a desert in the American Southwest and the effects of a short but violent thunderstorm.

Spots :
ISBN: 0152006664. OCLC Number:

Harcourt Brace,. San Diego :. c1999.

Spotted animals from around the world, including a leopard ray, ringed seals, reticulated giraffes, and tundra butterflies, introduce the numbers from one to ten.

What a wonderful day to be a cow /
ISBN: 0375802126. OCLC Number:

Dragonfly Books :. New York :. 1999.

Every month of the year, the animals on a farm enjoy their way of life and the weather that greets them.

Great polar bear /
ISBN: 163322502X. OCLC Number:

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"Journey into the magnificent and mysterious world of the far north in Great Polar Bear, Carolyn Lesser's poetic and scientifically accurate story about a year in the life of a polar bear. Learn how this impressive animal thrives in one of the harshest -- and imperiled -- environments in the world. Carolyn Lesser also makes her illustrative debut in Great Polar Bear, using collage to capture the bear hunting, swimming, and playing in the far north. Great Polar Bear is a stunning one-on-one reading and sharing title."--Provided by publisher.


The Goodnight Circle

  • Literacy Merit Award, Friends of American Writers in Chicago
  • 50 Best Science Books for Children, National Council of Teachers of Science and the Childrenís Book Council

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