Individual Author Record
Name: Bonnie GeisertPen Name: None Genre: Born: 1942 in Hartley, Iowa Sites:
Illinois ConnectionGeisert lives in Galena, Illinois, where she taught for over 20 years.
Biographical and Professional InformationGeisert is a writer and photographer. She has worked as a teacher and a feature writer and columnist for the Freeport Journal-Standard, Freeport, Illinois. Her photographs have appeared in group shows at Dubuque Museum of Art, Eagle Ridge Inn and Resort, Freeport Art Museum, Galena City Hall, Galena Art Festival in 1995, and Group Photography Show-Galena in 1996 and 1997.She has also been a contributor of poetry and articles to Lutheran, Cobblestone, Galenian, and Julien's Journal. Her poetry has been featured in annual poetry anthology, Gallery, Dubuque, Iowa.
- Haystack, School & Library Binding, 1995 - written with Arthur Geisert
- Prairie Town, Houghton Mifflin Co., 1998 - written with Arthur Geisert
- River Town, Houghton Mifflin Co., 1999 - written with Arthur Geisert
- Mountain Town, Houghton Mifflin Co., 2000 - written with Arthur Geisert
- Desert Town, Houghton Mifflin Co., 2001 - written with Arthur Geisert
- Prairie Summer, Houghton Mifflin Co., 2002 - written with Arthur Geisert
- Lessons, Houghton Mifflin/Walter Lorraine Books, 2005
- Prairie Winter, Houghton Mifflin Co, 2009
Titles At Your Library
ISBN: 061360766X San Val. 2003
The haystack was once a familiar sight on the prairie landscape. It was a model of the practical and responsible use of natural resources as well as a symbol of pastoral bounty and of the enduring farming tradition. Through Arthur and Bonnie Geisert's vision the reader will come to see that a haystack was more than just a simple pile of hay. Arthur's exquisite colored etchings and Bonnie's informative text bring to life a fascinating heritage that gave support and sustenance to the variety of needs and functions of a working farm.
Prairie Town (Small Town U.S.A.)
ISBN: 0395859077 HMH Books for Young Readers. 1998
During the early 1900s, railroad companies laid tracks across America's open land. In fields of grass beside the new tracks prairie towns grew. The towns prospered amid the golden wheat fields, and grain elevators dominated the skyline. Bonnie Geisert's clear text explores the social and economic life of one of these towns, while the dramas of everyday life can be experienced in Arthur Geisert's panoramic hand-colored etchings. Here is a fascinating view of life in a thriving midwestern town, told with respect and affection for the resilient townspeople, as they work and play, their lives directly affected by the changing seasons.
Mountain Town (Small Town U.S.A.)
ISBN: 0395953901 HMH Books for Young Readers. 2000
During the last half of the nineteenth century, miners and prospectors flocked to the Rocky Mountains to find their fortunes. In the wake of this boom, small towns sprouted up wherever the precious ore could be found. Some of these small towns, born of the gold rush, still exist today. This, the third in a series about small-town life, once again turns the commonplace activities of townsfolk into a fascinating account of Americana. Exquisite etchings and spare text are carefully interwoven to create a vivid portrait of life in a mountain town, from snow that comes all year round to Fourth of July celebrations and football games in the fall. Children and adults alike will marvel at the incredibly detailed, panoramic hand-colored etchings that communicate change and the passing of time on each page.
Desert Town (Small Town U.S.A.)
ISBN: 0395953871 HMH Books for Young Readers. 2001
This is the fourth book in the Geiserts’ series on small towns which conveys the wonder and personality of everyday life in the United States.The hot, dry desert town is prone to harsh conditions, but the town is full of life and readers are witness to many cheerful happenings over the course of the year. The Geiserts have once again captured the authenticity and essence of small-town America.
ISBN: 0618212930 HMH Books for Young Readers. 2002
Rachel, ten, is having a hard time growing up on her family’s farm in South Dakota. She hates all of the hard work, and she’s scared by the wild Montana Angus cattle. Still, she works hard to do her share of the chores and to help her dad, but no matter how she tries to please him, he always seems to think she’s worthless. Set in the 1950s, Prairie Summer provides a glimpse into the adventures and dangers faced in every day farm life.
ISBN: 061847899X HMH Books for Young Readers. 2005
Summer was drawing to a close, and Rachel would soon return to school to begin fifth grade. Like many of her classmates, she was anxious about her friends, the strict Mrs. Kelly, and the timed arithmetic tests, but there was something else worrying Rachel, too. Ever since her baby brother, Matthew, was born, she couldn’t help but notice that her father seemed even more brooding and withdrawn than ever. Confused and concerned by his behavior, Rachel starts demanding answers—but the secret she uncovers raises more questions than it solves.
Author Bonnie Geisert transports readers back to a simpler time and place. Yet life on a rural South Dakota farm in the 1950s was not without its challenges, and Rachel soon discovers she has many lessons to learn, both in Mrs. Kelly’s classroom and beyond . . .
ISBN: 061868588X HMH Books for Young Readers. 2009
The Cresbard school means a lot to sixth grader Rachel Johnson. It means classes with a beloved teacher, important band rehearsals for the upcoming concert in Chicago, and time to hang out with Winnie and Darren and the rest of the town kids. For a twelve year-old living on a remote prairie farm with no phone, school means connection. And that connection is about to be severed. The most dangerous winter that Rachel has ever known is about to descend on Cresbard, marooning her on the farm and keeping her from the school she so desperately loves.