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Title:
The moon of the winter bird
Author:
George, Jean Craighead, 1919-2012.
Edition:
New edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : HarperCollins, [1992]

©1992
Physical Description:
48 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
Summary:
During a cold spell in December, a song sparrow that has not migrated south must adapt to the changes that winter brings.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780060202675

9780060202682
Format :
Book

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Summary

During a cold spell in December, a song sparrow that has not migrated south must adapt to the changes that winter brings.


Summary

During a cold spell in December, a song sparrow that has not migrated south must adapt to the changes that winter brings.


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)


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)


Reviews 2

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-6-- Originally published in 1969, these new editions have more visual appeal because of their open format and full-page, full-color illustrations, many of which are closeups. In The Moon of the Deer , a young male white-tailed buck survives threats from a mature male and a hurricane in the marshlands of Connecticut. The text has been rewritten without losing its lyrical quality. George maintains a sense of place and heightens the feeling of excitement through the instincts and keen senses of animals anticipating the storm. Mixed-media illustrations rendered in tones of blue and brown shimmer under both moonlight and sunlight. In the second book, the activities of a male song sparrow, known as a Winter Bird because he no longer migrates with his species, are presented. The updated text conveys the immediacy and fragility of a bird's life without dependency on anthropomorphism. As the sparrow hovers in a spruce tree near a suburban house during a snow storm, events during his lifetime are related. The ever-present threat from the family cat heightens the tension. Information about bird behavior, physiology, and habitat are skillfully woven into the text. Full-page illustrations in natural tones true to the seasons complement the story. Nasta's use of light in the winter scenes is quite striking. Both books show the interrelatedness of nature. Specific facts about habitats and animal behavior are accessible, but these titles are best appreciated when read cover-to-cover or shared as read-alouds. --Diane Nunn, Richard E. Byrd Elem . School, Glen Rock, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-6-- Originally published in 1969, these new editions have more visual appeal because of their open format and full-page, full-color illustrations, many of which are closeups. In The Moon of the Deer , a young male white-tailed buck survives threats from a mature male and a hurricane in the marshlands of Connecticut. The text has been rewritten without losing its lyrical quality. George maintains a sense of place and heightens the feeling of excitement through the instincts and keen senses of animals anticipating the storm. Mixed-media illustrations rendered in tones of blue and brown shimmer under both moonlight and sunlight. In the second book, the activities of a male song sparrow, known as a Winter Bird because he no longer migrates with his species, are presented. The updated text conveys the immediacy and fragility of a bird's life without dependency on anthropomorphism. As the sparrow hovers in a spruce tree near a suburban house during a snow storm, events during his lifetime are related. The ever-present threat from the family cat heightens the tension. Information about bird behavior, physiology, and habitat are skillfully woven into the text. Full-page illustrations in natural tones true to the seasons complement the story. Nasta's use of light in the winter scenes is quite striking. Both books show the interrelatedness of nature. Specific facts about habitats and animal behavior are accessible, but these titles are best appreciated when read cover-to-cover or shared as read-alouds. --Diane Nunn, Richard E. Byrd Elem . School, Glen Rock, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.