The wisdom of peace and the absurdity of fighting are demonstrated in seventeen stories and poems by outstanding authors of today such as Jean Fritz, Milton Meltzer, and Nancy Willard.
In the ancient forest, Bubo, a great horned owl, is the undisputed ruler--feared and despised For a year, the birds and other creatures of the forest have lived in peace and freedom. Then one night, the great horned owl Bubo comes back to claim his territory, shattering their calm. No one is safe from the reach of the tiger-bird--not even Felis, the house cat. Black Talon, another great horned owl, welcomes Bubo's return. She has been waiting for a mate in order to start a family of her own. But in the wild, nothing can be taken for granted, and the other animals see the unhatched owlets as a chance for revenge. As Bubo and Black Talon try to defend their young against their enemies, the struggle for survival becomes an all-out battle. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Jean Craighead George, including rare photos from the author's personal collection.
The buffalo, an American icon once nearly extinct, has made a comeback. This stirring picture book tells the dramatic story, following bison from the Plains Indians to the cowboys, Teddy Roosevelt to the Dust Bowl, and from the brink of extinction to the majestic herds that now roam our national parks.
This mystery begins when Spinner, a New York City native who would rather pirouette than fly cast, catches the family prize--much to her boy cousins' dismay. The prize fish, a huge cutthroat trout, had been thought to be extinct in the river, and Spinner and her cousin set out to solve the mystery of how this one spectacular cutthroat survived until Spinner reeled him in.
Thrown into a river by a cruel human, a young tiger-striped cat fights to survive amid feral cats and other creatures near Roxville train station, aided by Mike, a fourteen-year-old foster boy who is not allowed to have a pet.
Charlie's beloved grandfather is ill, and Charlie will do anything to save him. He brings home Blue Sky, a lively baby raven, because his Native American friends claim the intelligent birds have powerful medicine. Grandfather, a naturalist, is intrigued, and urges Charlie to keep a nature journal about Blue Sky. But caring for--and protecting--a wild creature is a huge responsibility. Charlie's observations teach him wondrous things about ravens--and some surprising lessons about humans. Weaving natural history, myth, and a family narrative about life and death, Jean George proves again why she is one of the most admired children's writers working today.
While caring for a baby crow, Mandy begins to look at her family and herself in a different light.
Doug is enchanted by the water birds of Gothic Valley--but can he save them from the cruel forces of nature? Doug is visiting his grandfather, Whispering Bill, in the Colorado Rockies for the summer. Bill is the only prospector left in the ghost town of Gothic, once a center of gold mining, and he hopes to pass his knowledge along to his young grandson. Meanwhile, the water ouzels have begun to return to the valley. Doug is fascinated as he watches a pair of ouzels, Cinclus and Teeter, building their nest and laying eggs. But the nest is too close to the water's edge. Can Doug protect the birds and their brood from the forces of nature? This ebook features an illustrated biography of Jean Craighead George, including rare photos from the author's personal collection.
Describes how the colonists aboard the Mayflower founded New Plymouth and celebrated their first harvest with a feast of thanksgiving.
As she grows through the first years of her life in the Catskill Mountains of New York, a peregrine falcon called Frightful interacts with various humans, including the boy who raised her, a falconer who rescues her, and several unscrupulous poachers, as well as with many animals that are part of the area's ecological balance.
Marcus Kulick and Melissa Morgan are prepared to defy their families to be together. But will their families ever let them go? Sixteen-year-old Marcus Kulick has two great dreams: to capture and kill Old Gore, the most prized mountain goat in Hungry Bear Valley, and to marry Melissa Morgan, the daughter of his father's sworn enemy. But when a chance encounter with Melissa's brother, Will, turns violent, and Will falls off the mountainside to his death, Marcus and Melissa are separated, perhaps forever. The next fall, Marcus takes a job at the state research station on the Jaw Mountain, hoping to track down Old Gore in his spare time--and to see Melissa, who is secretly working nearby. Reunited, Melissa and Marcus visit her Aunt Jerome, a justice of the peace who agrees to marry the young couple. But family feuds die hard, and Marcus and Melissa must make a difficult choice between love and family loyalty. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Jean Craighead George, including rare photos from the author's personal collection.
Craig and his friends have a big secret--they've built a real, working rocket. But will the countdown to takeoff begin before they're discovered? Best friends Craig, Steve, Johnny, and Phil have spent months building a rocket--not some model or a toy, but a real rocket, with boosters and a launch pad and a remote control panel. Even better, they've managed to pull off the whole project in secret. The boys can't wait to launch their rocket . . . but then their parents find out what they've been up to and tell the police. When they see how sophisticated the rocket really is, the police insist on inspecting all the blueprints and calculations, and the boys find themselves in a lot of trouble. Will their project go up in smoke? This ebook features an illustrated biography of Jean Craighead George, including rare photos from the author's personal collection.
Who will be the king of the hole in the tree? A delightful book where two children find a hole in a tree and watch as it becomes larger through the occupation of successive animals. Starting with a small beetle who begins the hole and the progression to different insects, birds and other animals. Even the two children use the hole once he gets large enough through the progression.
After catching a cutthroat, a vanishing species of fish in the Snake River, Spinner Shafter and her cousin Alligator do some ecological detecting to determine where the fish came from and how he had survived.
Our pets speak to us in a language all their own, if only we stop to listen Can animals really talk? In How to Talk to Your Animals, Jean Craighead George turns her attention away from animals in the wild to those in our homes in this practical look at the ways our pets speak to us. Based upon the work of contemporary naturalists, psychologists, and zoologists, George explains the sometimes eerie phenomenon of unspoken communication observed by many pet owners, as well as the signals that our animal companions use to decide whether humans are friend or foe. Filled with loving stories of real animals "talking" to humans, this book will warm the heart of anyone who has ever loved an animal. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Jean Craighead George, including rare photos from the author's personal collection.
This book gives examples of dog body language, vocalizations, and other behaviors, and how humans can communicate with their canine pets and partners.
From the most celebrated children's nature writer of our time comes a posthumous new novel in the tradition of her Newbery award-winning Julie of the WolvesIn 1848 in Barrow, Alaska, a young Eskimo boy witnesses a rare sight--the birth of a bowhead, or ice whale, that he calls Siku. But when he unwittingly guides Yankee whalers to a pod of bowhead whales, all the whales are killed. For this act, the boy receives a curse of banishment. Through the generations, this curse is handed down. Siku, the ice whale, returns year after year, in reality and dreams, to haunt each descendant. The curse is finally broken when a daughter recognizes and saves the whale, and he in turn saves her. Told in alternating voices, both human and whale, Jean Craighead George's last novel is an ambitious and touching take on the interconnectedness of humans, animals, and the earth they depend on.
A collection of true stories about animals who became beloved and famous, including Balto the sled dog, who found his way through a blinding snowstorm, and Koko the gorilla, who learned sign language.
When Julie returns to her father's Eskimo village, she struggles to find a way to save her beloved wolves in a changing Arctic world and she falls in love with a young Russian man.
Faced with the prospect of a disagreeable arranged marriage or a journey acoss the barren Alaskan tundra, 13-year-old Miyax chooses the tundra. She finds herself caught between the traditional Eskimo ways and the modern ways of the whites. Miyax, or Julie as her pen pal Amy calls her, sets out alone to visit Amy in San Francisco, a world far away from Eskimo culture and the frozen land of Alaska.<P><P> During her long and arduous journey, Miyax comes to appreciate the value of her Eskimo heritage, learns about herself, and wins the friendship of a pack of wolves. After learning the language of the wolves and slowly earning their trust, Julie becomes a member of the pack.<P> Newbery Medal Winner
Continues the story of Julie and her wolves... Kapu must protect his pack from famine and disease while uniting it under new leadership. Covers six years in the life of Julie and the pack.
Tigluk and his grandmother paddle out into the Arctic Ocean, where they find a young polar bear whose mother has died because of the changes brought about by the warming climate, and they bring the cub back to their town so they can teach it how to survive in a changing world.
Procyon, a young raccoon, explores the woods, has great adventures, and learns to survive in the world around him Procyon, a raccoon born in a forest in Minnesota, lives happily with his mother, brother, and two sisters. He spends his days playing in the woods around their den, learning to find larvae and crayfish in the streambeds, and to avoid predators like Otus, the screech owl. But eventually the little raccoon must leave his family to make his own way in the world, relying on all that his mother has taught him. Suddenly, Procyon's littermates are his rivals--for food, for shelter, and for a mate. Evading humans as well as wild predators, Procyon uses his instincts and natural cunning to do what all animals must: survive and thrive. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Jean Craighead George, including rare photos from the author's personal collection.
Sycamore Will wants a pet dog so badly--but a pet skunk might be just as nice! On a farm in the Cumberland Valley of Pennsylvania, Meph the skunk and his littermate, just three days old, are caught in a flash flood and nearly drown in the cold waters. By the time their mother comes to their rescue, only Meph can be saved. Sycamore Will, tired of being ordered around the farm by his father, is building a fire in the hearth of the summer kitchen when he hears a scratching sound. To his delight, he finds Meph trying to dig into the foundation from the cellar! Will becomes determined to adopt the little skunk as a pet--but he'll have to contend with Meph's mother first. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Jean Craighead George, including rare photos from the author's personal collection.
Sixth-grader Liza K., one of five homeless people living in an unspoiled forest in southern Florida, searches for a missing alligator destined for official extermination and studies the delicate ecological balance keeping her outdoor home beautiful.