Hunting Red -- a children's nature story from PocketMousePublishing.com

Pocket Mouse Publishing was founded in 2013. The Pocket Mouse is a native and increasingly rare species in Iowa. Nature-based art and articles are a fun way to share our excitement about natural diversity and its value. (This page may contain affiliate links which help support the site, scroll to the bottom of the page for full disclosure). Follow Pocket Mouse Publishing on twitter @pocketmousepub

The Books

Pocket Mouse Publishing is the home of the children’s nature stories, Hunting Red and What Do Fish Do When It FloodsWe like the idea of creating another one, but it may take a little while. Gabe has just graduated, moved across the country and started a new job. Jean is expanding her garden against her better judgement, spending more time with her horse, and spending more time on the farm than usual. Both are still cleaning up from the derecho.

The Author

Jean in Prairie

As the Director of Land Stewardship at Indian Creek Nature Center, author Jean Wiedenheft works to create natural, healthy habitats in which wildlife thrive and in which visitors can explore. She has a BS in journalism and mass communication from Iowa State University. Jean was the project manager for Amazing Space, a project recognized by the International Living Future Institute for its leading edge sustainable design. She is also currently working as the interim Farm Manager for the organic Etzel Sugar Grove Farm. Jean lives outside of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, with her black Labrador, Nitro (2008-2022), a handful of cats and a small flock of guineas and chickens. In 2021 she served on the City of Cedar Rapids Advisory Committee for the Community Climate Action Plan. The views and opinions she expresses on this site are her own, not necessarily those of Indian Creek Nature Center or Etzel Sugar Grove Farm.

The Artist

Illustrator of Hunting Red

artistwindleaf is a book-illustrating, colored pencil-using, woods-wandering, environmental science degree-pursing, bike-riding, NaNoWriMo-winning, fantasy-reading, sword-fighting, music-listening elf trapped in a human body.


About brightskymom @ pocketmousepublishing.comLee, posting as brightskymom, shares nature-related thoughts about her family’s journey toward noticing, knowing, and being in nature.  When she isn’t outside you can find her homeschooling, reading aloud, browsing Pinterest, learning to knit, attending SCA events, or washing dishes…and not necessarily in that order.  She currently lives on the Eastern Coast of the United States and dreams of sailing the world with her husband when a few more of their 6 children have graduated.


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16 thoughts on “About

    1. Thanks for thinking of us! Hopefully I can coordinate Jean (author of Hunting Red!) soon to answer the questions and pass the award on!

  1. Sounds like a wonderful book. And what a great way to challenge the child in us all to get outside. I am out everyday and enjoy all of nature. Lovely post.

  2. Do you publish fiction? I’ve written a series of books about a hamster who escapes and has wonderful adventures… is that the sort of thing you might be interested in?

    1. Zaden, I am a small team of one with a second, full time job. I would love to read your books, but you should publish it with someone who can market it. You might try self publishing with Kindle Direct Publishing, or you could try Anchor Book Press or Green Dragon Books. I wish you the best of luck, and thanks for reaching out. Cheers, Jean

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