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The moon of the chickarees
George, Jean Craighead, 1919-2012.
New edition.
Publication Information:
New York : HarperCollins, [1992]

Physical Description:
48 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
Describes the activities of a mother red squirrel during the month of April as she nurtures her newborn babies in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.
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QL795.S7 G46 1992 Juvenile Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Describes the activities of a mother red squirrel during the month of April as she nurtures her newborn babies in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

Author Notes

Jean Craighead George was born on July 2, 1919 in Washington, D.C. She received degrees in English and science from Pennsylvania State University. She began her career as a reporter for the International News Service. In the 1940s she was a member of the White House press corps for The Washington Post.

During her lifetime, she wrote over 100 novels including My Side of the Mountain, which was a 1960 Newbery Honor Book, On the Far Side of the Mountain, Julie of the Wolves, which won the Newbery Medal, Julie, and Julie's Wolf Pack. She also wrote two guides to cooking with wild foods and an autobiography entitled Journey Inward. In 1991, she became the first winner of the School Library Media Section of the New York Library Association's Knickerbocker Award for Juvenile Literature. She died on May 15, 2012 at the age of 92.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4-- In exploring the month of April in the life of an American red squirrel, George smoothly introduces many aspects of the chickaree, as it is also called: food, habitat, mating, growth, enemies. Other animals of the Bitterroot Valley of Montana are also briefly described. This revision covers the same information as the earlier book (Crowell, 1968; o.p.), but expands a few scenes. It repeatedly characterizes April as the ``moon of the rights of property owners,'' a strained and not always fitting metaphor. Acrylic color paintings, fewer in number and more static in style, have replaced the lively black-and-white drawings. The month of June is the ``moon of growing up'' for young foxes in the second readable, sometimes poetic, book. The lively text follows five pups as their parents teach them to fend for themselves in the Cumberland Valley of Pennsylvania. It also introduces briefly other flora and fauna. The text from the 1968 edition (Crowell; o.p.) has been altered stylistically but not substantively. Detailed full-color paintings have replaced soft black-and-white sketches. Increased white space makes both versions more attractive; also useful are the added indexes and bibliographies. Attractive, but not necessary purchases for libraries that have the previous editions. --Kathleen Odean, Moses Brown School, Providence, RI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.