Iguana Inspired

The author and her iguana, Eddie

Eddie and Me - My love of lizards, especially big ones, has inspired a variety of stories and scripts.

Two events coming up soon:

All Things Spring! Join me and seven other AZ writers for Writers Read on February 28, from 6-8pm. This event is hosted at the Brewd Coffee Lounge, 4960 N. Sabino Canyon Rd.

Grab an Adventure by the Tale! is the theme of my booth at the Tucson Festival of Books, booth 325. March 2-3, 2019 9:30 am - 5:30 pm. More info at http://tucsonfestivalofbooks.org/

Cover of Grow Home, Little Seeds

Now available! Our latest book, Grow Home, Little Seeds!, tells the story of a bundle of seeds produced at the Leon Levy Preserve in the Bahamas, and their quest to find just the right place to grow. Wonderfully illustrated by Monique Carroll, the book includes a complete index of illustrations and descriptions of each of the special plants these seeds will become. Available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle format.

Curtis and Hutia in Warderick Wells

Curtis has been busy! Check out TWO new videos on our Curtis Curly-tail Speaks! Learn how to Save Utila's Endangered Iguana, and meet Curtis' friend the Hutia on their home island of Warderick Wells Cay! Visit our YouTube channel to see all of our Curtis videos!

Don't Make Me Rattle Front Cover

Don't Make Me Rattle! is beautifully illustrated and contains facts and features about one of North America's most iconic residents: the rattlesnake! People fear rattlesnakes because they don’t understand them. Come inside and learn about these amazing snakes, how they help people, and why they should be respected, not exterminated. This book is now available on Amazon!

Review of Don't Make Me Rattle in the AZ Star! by Helene Woodhams:

A rattle from a reptile is not a welcome sound, but if it makes you tread carefully it's served its purpose, says Tucson author Elaine Powers. In a picture book chock-full of rattlesnake facts, she emphasizes the good they do (eating rodents, scattering seeds, and aiding cancer research) as she imparts interesting reptilian lore. For instance, although toxic to those on the receiving end, venom acts like saliva for a rattlesnake, a necessary digestive aid since they lack teeth for chewing. And rattlers are surprisingly social creatures who bunk together when it's cold-forming a 'rhumba' of rattlers. An unabashed rattlesnake fan, Powers bemoans how willingly we exterminate them, largely because they look so unlovable. She gets no argument here from illustrator Nicholas Thorpe, whose threatening rattlesnake pictures, some of them with mouths agape, dripping venom, are undeniably scary. This is the third in Powers''Don't' series of nature books for kids in grades K-4.

Front cover How (not) to Photograph a Hummingbird

Our book, How (not) to Photograph a Hummingbird, is available on Amazon in print and ebook format. This colorful picture book for all ages teaches about the Sonoran Desert—with a sense of humor. It pits one bumbling human against the desert as he carelessly attempts to photograph an Anna’s Hummingbird. Enjoy the chase as the photographer is tripped up by a rock, stabbed by a Mesquite tree and rattled by a Western Diamondback. Then use the glossary to teach about the rich variety of life in the Sonoran Desert. Humor makes learning fun and easy! Illustrated by Anderson Atlas.

Little girl reading Don't Make Me Fly

Lovely review of Don't Make Me Fly in Life section of the September 3 Arizona Daily Star, by Helen Woodhams:

"What a curious creature the roadrunner is! This iconic desert bird prefers hoofing it to flying, and its footprints are the same backwards as they are forwards. With vibrant illustrations by Nicholas Thorpe, this picture book is jam-packed with scientific facts about roadrunners, delivered in verse form to keep the narrative lively. Roadrunners "...grab their victim/behind its head/And bash it on/the ground until it is dead." Want to know how to swallow a horned lizard? Keep reading! This is the second offering in the "Don't" series by Tucson author Elaine A. Powers. The first is "Don't Call Me Turtle!" "Don't Make Me Fly!" is recommended for children in grades K-4."
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