remembering Jean Craighead George
I’ve been kind of sad since Friday, when I learned that children’s author Jean Craighead George passed away at the age of 92.
(You can read the full New York Times article about her life & death here: http://nyti.ms/JkYbCh)
I don’t know how many of you are familiar with her books…Julie of the Wolves, My Side of the Mountain, & so many more…but they were wonderful. Still are. As far as I’m concerned, they’re classics.
I actually had the privilege of meeting her several years ago when she visited my mom’s library. Not only did she sign my books, but because I was there long before & after the event to help set up, the clean up, she took more time than she probably cared to spend talking to me about writing. Without a doubt, it was one of the highlights of my life.
Not only was she an incredible writer & amazing person, but she loved animals. Loved them, rescued them, rehabilitated & advocated for them. So you know how high that put her on my list of favorite people. :happysun
Living 92 years is a feat all on it’s own, but knowing she’s not around anymore is just…sad.
Rest in peace, Jean. You will be missed.
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Yes, she was a great author and animal advocate. Rest in peace.
On May 21, 2012 at 12:05 pm
Laura J says:
I’m pretty sure I read one or both of her books that you mentioned. I’m going to have to find them for B’girl. I’m sure she would love them.
She really sounds like a remarkable woman.
On May 21, 2012 at 1:30 pm
Oh, B-girl would love Jean’s books, I think. But she wrote SO MANY more than those. Some for young kids, some for older kids, some non-fiction… Here’s her Amazon page: http://www.amazon.com/Jean-Craighead-George/e/B000AQ1OBS/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1337634562&sr=1-1
I still remember wanting to be an Eskimo after reading Julie of the Wolves. LOL
On May 21, 2012 at 4:12 pm
Laura J. says:
Looks like we will be making a trip to the bookstore soon.
On May 21, 2012 at 8:19 pm
Kathleen O'Donnell says:
I don’t think I read any of her books, or gave them to my nieces and nephews. But I will sure to look for them at the books store for gifts…
May she Rest in Peace
On May 21, 2012 at 5:27 pm
I’m sure she’d love that, Kathleen. And in her books, at least, she can live on. :angel
On May 21, 2012 at 11:04 pm