Search Results: "Jean Craighead George"


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GALÁPAGOS GEORGE by Jean Craighead George
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 8, 2014

"A heartfelt if imperfect tribute to one George by another who will also be missed. (key terms, timeline, resources) (Picture book. 5-8)"
The passing of Lonesome George, the last of the saddleback tortoises from the island of Pinta, provides the occasion to demonstrate how different species might descend from a common ancestor. Read full book review >

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CHARLIE’S RAVEN by Jean Craighead George
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"A remarkable intergenerational tale with the beautiful landscape of the Grand Teton Mountains as a backdrop. (Fiction. 9-13)"
George delivers another inspiring story in which nature plays a profound role in the life of a child. Read full book review >

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TREE CASTLE ISLAND by Jean Craighead George
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"The ink sketches of flowers and scenery are an attractive addition. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Fourteen-year-old Jack has built his own canoe, and on a hot August dawn, he sets off for her maiden voyage in his beloved Okefenokee Swamp. Read full book review >

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SNOW BEAR by Jean Craighead George
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"While children will enjoy this romantic view of Bessie and the bear, those seeking a more realistic representation of life in this harsh environment will be unsatisfied. (Picture book. 5-8)"
In this sweetly sentimental story set in the frozen twilight of an Arctic spring, George (Morning, Noon, and Night, p. 699, etc.) tells of an Inuit girl who goes out to hunt. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 23, 1978

"Included are maps, reading lists, and a summary of biotic communities."
The ambitious hiker can set off from coast to coast (almost) on the North Country Trail from New York's Adirondacks to North Dakota, where it joins the route of Lewis and Clark. Read full book review >

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GOING TO THE SUN by Jean Craighead George
Released: April 1, 1976

"George's gushy, clichéd prose makes this read even worse than it sounds; it's clear that she derives more inspiration from Romulus and Remus than from Romeo and Juliet."
Though Jean George has always had her ups and downs, it's hard to believe that the author of Julie of the Wolves could produce this pulpy drivel. Read full book review >

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FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1971

"The tone of the whole adventure is buoyant, and the ecological complexities that constitute its theme are so neatly reflected in the plot that the scientific search for Cock Robin's murderer has an edge-of-the-chair excitement."
The web of life is revealed in all its intricacy when Tony Isidoro, an eighth grader who has inherited the zoology project interrupted by his older brother's call to army service, works with the local mill owner's 12-year-old daughter, and later with his brother's zoologist friend from the college, to solve a murder that has baffled and grieved the town of Saddleboro. Read full book review >

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THERE'S AN OWL IN THE SHOWER by Jean Craighead George
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 1995

"The book is edifying, if not particularly engrossing; David Klass's California Blue (1994) is aimed at older readers, but wraps similar themes in a stronger story. (Fiction. 9-12)"
An out-of-work logger amazes his family by caring for a rare spotted owl chick in this informative, agenda-laden story. Read full book review >

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SHARK BENEATH THE REEF by Jean Craighead George
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 30, 1989

"Excellent writing; a fine portrait of a unique region; an involving, well-crafted story."
The true protagonist here is not 14-year-old Tomas—a Mexican boy who must decide whether to follow the family trade of fisherman or to stay in school, perhaps becoming a marine biologist—but his Baja California home, to which George brings her contagious enthusiasm as a naturalist. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 14, 1985

"George herself has raised over 200 domestic and wild creatures) and findings of numerous renowned and lesser-known animal behaviorists."
Nature-writer George here offers insight into animal communication—specifically, how dogs, cats, birds, and horses "talk" with other members of their species, and how people can learn to communicate with (and train) their pets more effectively. Read full book review >

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THE CRY OF THE CROW by Jean Craighead George
Released: April 23, 1980

"The story is full of similar well-meaning misses."
A babyish, off-base, tiresome story about a girl and her pet crow, which she must keep secret because her father and brothers shoot crows to protect their strawberry crop. Read full book review >

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Released: May 31, 1999

"Precise horizontal paintings provide a mural of the country; while not all animals mentioned in the text are depicted, brief endnotes identify creatures and general locales by page number. (Picture book. 5-8)"
As the earth turns from day to night, George (Julie's Wolf Pack, 1997, etc.) honors creatures of the American landscape. Read full book review >