Item description for Cliff Hanger (Outdoor Adventures) by Jean Craighead George...
When Axel's dog, Grits, is left stranded after following two climbers up a mountain trail, danger is imminent as a lightning storm threatens. Kaboom! Can Axel, with the help of his dad, make the difficult climb up Cathedral Wall to rescue Grits before it's too late?
Wendell Minor's spectacular paintings capture the great outdoors of the Teton Mountains, while acclaimed children's book author Jean Craighead George tells the compelling story of one boy's mountain-climbing adventure.
Promise Angels is dedicated to bringing you great books at great prices. Whether you read for entertainment, to learn, or for literacy - you will find what you want at promiseangels.com!
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10.32" Width: 8.42" Height: 0.39" Weight: 0.72 lbs.
Release Date May 31, 2002
ISBN 0060002603 ISBN13 9780060002602 UPC 046594015952
Availability 0 units.
More About Jean Craighead George
"I write for children. Children are still in love with the wonders of nature, and I am too. So I tell them stories about a boy and a falcon, a girl and an elegant wolf pack, about owls, weasels, foxes, prairie dogs, the alpine tundra, the tropical rain forest. And when the telling is done, I hope they will want to protect all the beautiful creatures and places."
Jean Craighead George was born in a family of naturalists. Her father, mother, brothers, aunts and uncles were students of nature. On weekends they camped in the woods near their Washington, D.C. home, climbed trees to study owls, gathered edible plants and made fish hooks from twigs. Her first pet was a turkey vulture. In third grade she began writing and hasn't stopped yet. She has written over 100 books.
Her book, Julie of the Wolves won the prestigious Newbery Medal, the American Library Association's award for the most distinguished contribution to literature for children, l973. My Side of the Mountain, the story of a boy and a falcon surviving on a mountain together, was a 1960 Newbery Honor Book. She has also received 20 other awards.
She attended Penn State University graduating with a degree in Science and Literature. In the 1940s she was a reporter for The Washington Post and a member of the White House Press Corps. After her children were born she returned to her love of nature and brought owls, robins, mink, sea gulls, tarantulas - 173 wild animals into their home and backyard. These became characters in her books and, although always free to go, they would stay with the family until the sun changed their behavior and they migrated or went off to seek partners of their own kind.
When her children, Twig, Craig and Luke, were old enough to carry their own backpacks, they all went to the animals. They climbed mountains, canoed rivers, hiked deserts. Her children learned about nature and Jean came home and to write books. Craig and Luke are now environmental scientists and Twig writes children's books, too.
One summer Jean learned that the wolves were friendly, lived in a well-run society and communicated with each other in wolf talk -- sound, sight, posture, scent and coloration. Excited to learn more, she took Luke and went to the Naval Arctic Research Laboratory in Barrow, Alaska, where scientists were studying this remarkable animal. She even talked to the wolves in their own language. With that Julie of the Wolves was born. A little girl walking on the vast lonesome tundra outside Barrow, and a magnificent alpha male wolf, leader of a pack in Denali National Park were the inspiration for the characters in the book. Years later, after many requests from her readers, she wrote the sequels, Julie and Julie's Wolf Pack.
She is still traveling and coming home to write. In the last decade she has added two beautiful new dimensions to her words beautiful full-color picture book art by Wendell Minor and others and - music. Jean is collaborating with award-winning composer, Chris Kubie to bring the sounds of nature to her words.
Jean Craighead George lived in Chappaqua, in the state of New York. Jean Craighead George was born in 1919 and died in 2012.
Jean Craighead George has published or released items in the following series...
Reviews - What do customers think about Cliff Hanger (Outdoor Adventures)?
Unnecessary danger. Nov 21, 2005
A boy makes a stupid move and lives to tell about it. I don't count this as a good book. It makes it seem OK to be exposed during a thunderstorm. It isn't. I have a friend who had to bring down the bodies of two men and a boy who were struck by lightening from the New Mexico Rockies on his pack horse. He still has nightmares about it from over 30 years ago. We don't need a book advocating this reckless behavior. The boy didn't have to climb in the dangerous weather. The father didn't have to let him climb at the very beginning of the book.
Exciting new book, detailed and gripping May 23, 2002
CLIFF HANGER is yet another remarkable picture book from the creative team of Jean Craighead George and Wendell Minor. Ms. George is a naturalist and Newbery Medal-winning author who has been captivating children with her 80+ nature stories, like JULIE OF THE WOLVES and MY SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN, for the past 54 years. Mr. Minor is a one-of-a-kind artist who has created the covers for more than 2,000 works ranging from many different genres, and has illustrated many captivating picture books about animals and the wilderness. The two have collaborated on a number of books, including EVERGLADES, a beautiful story about conserving an important environment, ARCTIC SON, about a young boy's life on the tundra near Barrow, Alaska, and MORNING, NOON, AND NIGHT, describing the daily activities of wildlife extending from the East Coast to the West. Each book is written with a lyrical, absorbing text, with outstanding watercolor paintings depicting the words. CLIFF HANGER is the first in a series of adventure books for young readers (supposedly the age range is from 5-9, but I think this distinguished story would be appropriate for any age). In it, we are drawn into a world of rocky cliffs, majestic peaks and dramatic skies--the Teton Mountains of Wyoming. A storm is drawing near, filling the sky with ominous clouds, fierce lightning, and deep thunder. A boy, Axel, is upset to learn that his dog, Grits, is at the top of Cathedral Wall, a towering rock in the middle of the bad storm. Determined to rescue him before it's too late, Axel and his father hurry over to the huge cliff with their rock-climbing gear. Bravely Axel starts up the sheer, treacherous cliff. Will he make it to the top and be able to save Grits in time? The peril of Axel's climb and his descent are wonderfully captured by Mr. Minor's artwork. You feel like you're climbing alongside Axel with the elements raging around you, and as you head down to firm ground again, you fly through the air, the red walls of the cliff all around you. This vivid depiction comes from the author's and illustrator's observations of Ms. George's family, the adventurous Craigheads, rock-climbing in Wyoming. Unlike the other George/Minor books, the emphasis in CLIFF HANGER is not placed so strongly on conservation and wildlife, but more on a realistic adventure; however, a few traditional themes, like the exploration of an exciting new habitat (such as that found in their SNOW BEAR) or the special relationship between a kid and his canine friend (as you would find in another of Ms. George's picture books, NUTIK, THE WOLF PUP) are evident throughout the story. All in all, CLIFF HANGER is a great read, a fresh new entry into the picture book world, and I eagerly look forward to the publication of the rest of the series.