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Book Title: Frightful's Mountain|
The author of the book: Jean Craighead George
Date of issue: September 2001
ISBN 13: 9780439209113
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 3.41 MB
Edition: Scholastic INC
Read full description of the books Frightful's Mountain:It took me awhile longer to get into this one, because no people show up in it till about 60 pages in. Until then, it's told from the point of view of the animals. The style is very reminiscent of The Underneath. This book has an unusually strong political agenda for children's lit, but I didn't mind so much, being a nature lover myself. Especially interesting in this book are the foreword by Bobby Kennedy Jr. and the afterword by the author. The afterword explains the background of the story. The best thing about this book is how well it illustrates the dilemma of Sam wanting so much to keep his falcon but knowing that in addition to legal issues, he confronts ethical and nature issues. It's great for a kid to learn that often the right thing to do isn't the easy thing to do or what we want for ourselves. The book accomplishes this in a very subtle way. You're not browbeat with it, nor do you run into any moral-of-the-story type sentences. It's not the point of the book, but you can't miss it either.
Read information about the authorJean Craighead George wrote over eighty popular books for young adults, including the Newbery Medal-winning Julie of the Wolves and the Newbery Honor book My Side of the Mountain. Most of her books deal with topics related to the environment and the natural world. While she mostly wrote children's fiction, she also wrote at least two guides to cooking with wild foods, and an autobiography, Journey Inward.
The mother of three children, (Twig C. George, Craig, and T. Luke George) Jean George was a grandmother who joyfully read to her grandchildren since the time they were born. Over the years Jean George kept one hundred and seventy-three pets, not including dogs and cats, in her home in Chappaqua, New York. "Most of these wild animals depart in autumn when the sun changes their behaviour and they feel the urge to migrate or go off alone. While they are with us, however, they become characters in my books, articles, and stories."
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