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Jan Thornhill (1955-) Biography

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Born 1955, in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada; Education: Graduated from Ontario College of Art, 1977. Hobbies and other interests: Organic gardening, traveling, wild-mushrooming, camping, canoeing, birding, herbalism.

Canadian Society of Children's Authors, Illustrators, and Performers; Canadian Children's Book Centre.


The Wildlife A-B-C: A Nature Alphabet, Greey de Pencier (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 1988, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 1990.

The Wildlife 1 2 3: A Nature Counting Book, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 1989.

A Tree in a Forest, Greey de Pencier (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 1991, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 1992.

Crow and Fox and Other Animal Legends, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 1993.

Wild in the City, Owl Books (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 1995, Sierra Club Books for Children (San Francisco, CA), 1996.

Before and After: A Book of Nature Timescapes, National Geographic Society (Washington, DC), 1997.

The Rumor: A Jataka Tale from India, Maple Tree Press (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 2002.

Over in the Meadow (based on the rhyme by Olive A. Wadsworth), Maple Tree Press (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 2004.


(Illustrator) Skid Crease, In the Great Meadow, Annick Press (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 1994.

(Illustrator) Neida Gonzalez, A Citizen's Guide to Protecting Wetlands and Woodlands, Federation of Ontario Naturalists (Don Mills, Ontario, Canada), 1996.

Several naturescapes depict the changes that take place after varying amounts of time, while wildlife is pictured and labeled in border drawings for easy identification. (From Before and After: A Book of Nature Timescapes, written and illustrated by Jan Thornhill.)

Drought and Other Stories, Cormorant Books (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 2000.

Contributor of illustrations to magazines.

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