FRIGHTFUL’S DAUGHTER by Jean Craighead George

FRIGHTFUL’S DAUGHTER

Age Range: 5 - 10

KIRKUS REVIEW

With this story for younger children, prolific Newbery Medalist George (Cliff Hanger, p. 732, etc.) continues the wilderness saga of young Sam Gribley and his peregrine falcon friend, Frightful, the beloved main characters of the My Side of the Mountain trilogy. In this picture book addition to the series, Frightful has given birth to a particularly independent chick named Oksi, and Sam rescues Oksi when a bird trader steals her nest mates. He takes the chick to his tree house home, where her mother, Frightful, often joins her. The storyline follows Oksi as she grows up, aided when necessary by Sam, who is still living the self-determined life in the forest detailed in the earlier novels. Oksi does things “on her own in her own way,” including staying behind with Sam when the other falcons fly south for the winter and returning to her nest box in the tree house the following spring with a mate. Oksi’s independent and unorthodox ways echo Sam’s own solitary lifestyle, and perhaps foreshadow future stories in which Sam and Oksi will remain allies. As always, San Souci’s (Mustang Canyon, p. 1136, etc.) well-researched, detailed paintings add greatly to the story, offering a concrete visual representation of the beautiful Catskill Mountains setting. (Don’t miss the sweeping vista of the mountain on the dedication page: far below the soaring falcon, Sam’s special tree and the nest box are visible to readers with sharp eyes.) The best use of this volume may be as a “prequel” to the related novels, as a means of introducing children to Sam Gribley’s intriguing world. (Picture book. 5-10)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2002
ISBN: 0-525-46907-9
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Dutton
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 2002




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