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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Carolyn Splear Pratt  

Pen Name: None


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Biographical and Professional Information

Elsie Lee Splear was born on an Illinois farm in 1906 and kept notebooks about what life was like growing up in rural America. She took her memories and, with the help of her daughter Carolyn and the talent of artist Ken Stark, created this memorable book. ''Growing Seasons'' is the story as she told it to Carolyn.

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Titles At Your Library


-- ''Growing Seasons'' - A Smithsonian Notable Book, An International Reading Association Teachers' Choice Book, A Society of Midland Authors Notable Book, A Wisconsin Library Association Outstanding Children's Book for Illustration.