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

Physical Description:
47 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
On a rainy March night, a salamander returns to the spring pond for the ancient mating dance of the salamanders.
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QL795.S3 G4 1992 Juvenile Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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On a rainy March night, a salamander returns to the spring pond for the ancient mating dance of the salamanders.

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 4-6-- Vibrant paintings, rich with woodland browns and greens, highlight this new edition, replacing the drab, gray-toned drawings of the original (Crowell, 1968, o.p.). The basic story remains the same: on the night of the first spring rain, a male salamander journeys to a breeding pond, encountering various plants and animals that share his habitat along the way. This revised text, however, is more concisely written and contains a greater number of scientific terms. While some will be understood in context, others require a good science background for full comprehension. Some passages have been omitted entirely. Students writing reports will still prefer to obtain their information from titles with a more straightforward, nonnarrative approach, such as Johnston's Slippery Babies: Young Frogs, Toads, and Salamanders (Morrow, 1991), which presents similar information on characteristics and mating behavior and is illustrated with full-color photos. George's title will appeal most to families looking for a good read-aloud on animals and ecology. Although there are fewer illustrations here, it's a definite improvement over the previous edition. --Karey Wehner, San Francisco Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.