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Books by Jean Craighead George

ďAll I wish to do is tell the stories of our North American animals and plants, hoping my readers will come to love them as I do in their magnificence.Ē This quote from Jean Craighead George was from the March/April 1994 issue of Horn Book Magazine. Anyone who has read Georgeís books will certainly concede that the authorís love of nature shines through in her books. In fact, the environment is an integral part of Georgeís works, whether those texts are fiction or nonfiction. The authorís voice is evident in her books, perhaps because the inspiration for her books often comes from her own personal experiences. Her books have been described as sensitive and heartwarming as well as approachable and informative. Georgeís books are often illustrated by such talents as Ted Rand and Wendell Minor, although, on occasion, the author has also put her own pictures to her words.

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George, Jean Craighead. Acorn Pancakes, Dandelion Salad, and 38 Other Wild Recipes. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 1995.
This visually appealing book offers details on how to find and fix wild foods.

---. Arctic Son. New York: Hyperion Books for Children, 1997.
A young boy is welcomed into an Eskimo village where he experiences the Arctic season.

---. Autumn Moon. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 2001.
This book takes readers on an autumn journey and captures an alligator, wolves, and a young buck in their natural habitats.

---. (The) Case of the Missing Cutthroats, an Eco Mystery. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 1999.
When fishing in the Snake River, 13 year-old Spinner catches a fish which is supposedly extinct from the river. How did it get there?

---. Cliff Hanger. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 2002.
When his dog gets stranded on a mountain ledge, a young rock climber braves the sheer cliffs and a thunderstorm to rescue his pet.

---. (The) Cry of the Crow. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 1982.
A young girl rescues a baby crow even though crows are a threat to her family's strawberry crop.

---. Dear Katie, the Volcano Is a Girl. New York: Hyperion Books for Children, 1998.
Katie and her grandmother, Jean Craighead George, view a volcanic eruption and offer differing interpretations of the phenomenon they witnessed.

---. Dear Rebecca, Winter Is Here. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 1993.
In a letter to granddaughter, Rebecca, the author lyrically describes what happens in nature when winter arrives.

---. Dipper of Copper Creek. New York: Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers, 1996.
A young prospector goes mining for gold and in the process finds an unusual bird, a water ouzel.

---. Everglades. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 1995.
A storyteller paddles a canoe of five young children through the Everglades, sharing the story of this particular endangered ecosystem.

---. (The) Fire Bug Connection, an Ecological Mystery. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 1993.
In this eco-mystery, Maggie and her friend, Mitch, investigate the mysterious deaths of the fire bugs she had been given as a gift.

---. Firestorm. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2003.
Characters from Cliff Hanger return in this adventure that has them in the middle of a raging firestorm.

---. Frightful Daughter. New York: Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers, 2002.
This book is about Oksi, a peregrine offspring of Frightful, who spends a year in captivity before being returned to the wild.

---. Frightful's Mountain. New York: Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers, 1999.
What will happen to Sam's peregrine falcon, Frightful, after being released into the wild?

---. How to Talk to Your Cat. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 2000.
This book offers a humorous and informative look at communication with pet cats.

---. How to Talk to Your Dog. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 2000.
This book offers a humorous and informative look at communication with pet dogs.

---. Incredible Animal Adventures. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 1999.
Read about the adventures that made ten animals famous.

---. Julie. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 1994.
This sequel to Julie of the Wolves follows Julie as she tries to save the wolves that once protected her in the wilderness

---. Julie of the Wolves. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 1972.
In this coming-of-age story, thirteen year-old Julie struggles to survive in the Alaskan tundra.

---. Julie's Wolf Pack. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 1997.
This book completes the "Julie Trilogy" as it follows six years in the life of the wolf pup that Julie cared for in Julie of the Wolves.

---. Look to the North, a Wolf Pup Diary. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 1997.
Young readers are invited to follow a year in the life of three wolf pups in the Arctic tundra and compare it to observations of seasonal changes in the natural world that surrounds them.

---. (The) Missing 'Gator of Gumbo Limbo. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 2000.
In this ecological mystery, it's a race to see who'll be the first to find Dajun, a 12 foot alligator. Will it be those who want to save him or the official who wants to kill him?

---. Morning, Noon and Night. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1999.
This lyrical text follows the action of a variety of animals in their natural habitats as the earth turns from day to night.

---. My Side of the Mountain. New York: Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers, 1991.
What happens when young Sam Gribley runs away from the city and makes his way to the Catskill Mountains in upstate New York?

---. Nutik and Amaroq Play Ball. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 2000.
This picture book, based on a story from Julie's Wolf Pack, introduces younger readers to stories based upon Julie's family and their adventures in the Arctic tundra.

---. Nutik, the Wolf Pup. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 2001.
Amaroq nurses a sick wolf pup, Nutik, back to health.

---. On the Far Side of the Mountain. New York: Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers, 1991.
Sam Gribley takes to the far side of the mountain in search of his missing sister and his peregrine falcon, Frightful.

---. One Day in the Alpine Tundra. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 1996.
There's a lot to be seen in just one day in the Alpine Tundra.

---. One Day in the Desert. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 1996.
Spend a few minutes finding out what might happen on any one day in the desert.

---. One Day in the Prairie. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 1996.
Prairie dogs, buffaloes, and a tornado are all a part of Henry's day on the prairie.

---. One Day in the Tropical Rain Forest. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 1990.
In just one day, there's a lot that can happen to a young Venezuelan boy and the animals of the tropical rain forest.

---. One Day in the Woods. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 1988.
Although Rebecca is searching for an ovenbird, she finds much more when she spends one day in the woods.

---. Shark beneath the Reef. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 1989.
Young Tomas has two dreams, to capture a great shark and to continue his education. Will he realize either of these dreams?

---. Spring Moon. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 2002.
Read about salamanders, chickarees, and monarch butterflies during the season of the spring moon.

---. Summer Moon. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 2002.
Read about some of the animals of the summer moon when George focuses on a peccary, a fox pup, and a young mountain lion.

---. (The) Talking Earth. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 1983.
Billie Wind is a bit confused by lessons from school and Seminole legends that seem to contradict each other. Will time spent in the Everglades help her to make sense of her world?

---. (The) Tarantula in My Purse, and 172 Other Wild Pets. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 1996.
This true story tells the humorous tale of the various creatures who found a home in the George household.

---. There's an Owl in the Shower. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 1995.
This story focuses on the logging industry, an injured northern spotted owl, and the young boy and his family who nurse the owl and return it to its nest.

---. Tree Castle Island. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 2002.
In this survival tale set in Georgia, a young boy learns many things, perhaps the most surprising of which is that he has a twin brother.

---. Vulpes, the Red Fox. New York: Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers, 1996.
This book focuses on the day-to-day life experiences of a young red fox growing up in the wild.

---. Water Sky. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 1987.
In this coming-of-age story, young Lincoln goes to Alaska to find his Uncle Jake and winds up finding himself.

---. Who Really Killed Cock Robin? New York: HarperTrade, 1991.
A young boy investigates the mysterious death of Cock Robin, in this ecological mystery.

---. (The) Wild, Wild Cookbook, a Guide for Young Wild-Food Foragers. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 1982.
If the recipes in Acorn Pancakes, Dandelion Salad, and 38 Other Wild Recipes have you hungering for more, you'll find them in this book.

---. Winter Moon. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 2001.
Journey through winter with Jean Craighead George, a song sparrow, a mole, a horned owl, and a bear.





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