Jean-Craighead George-Obituary

Jean Craighead George


Jean Craighead George has died at age 92. Craighead George was the author of dozens of books for young adults, including the Newbery Medal-winning "Julie of the Wolves," the Newbery Honor book "My Side of the Mountain," and its sequel, "On the Far Side of the Mountain."

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R.I.P. Jean Craighead George, we will never forget you and your stories. We will continue to pass your work of for generations to come.

Jean George was an example and inspiration to untold numbers of Vassar students. For example helping her husband in wildlife research and carrying her babies close to her body in a sling. So when I married Lee Talbot I helped him with ecological research in the Serengeti Mara region of Kenya and Tanganyika (now Tanzania) and when we had our 2 sons I carried them in baby carriers called snugglies which I am sure helped them to grow up to be kind, caring adults as are Jean's children.

I was very sorry to learn of the passing of Jean Craighead George. Her brothers, and their youthful adventures recounted in "Hawks In The Hand", were boyhood heroes of mine. When I started reading her books and found out she was John & Frank's sister: wow, that was great! I met her several times over the years at various nature events and found her to be a warm and wonderful woman. My sincere sympathies to her family and her family of devoted readers.

To the GEORGE family sorry for your loss may GOD give you his love, peace, and strength in this time of sorrow. May he R.I.P -|-


When I read My Side of the Mountain I had my bags packed and was so close to leaving home for the woods. My grandchildren are now reading your books. May God bless you and enjoy your company.

My condolences to the George and Craighead families. I knew her dad when he lived in Homestead and in Naples, and had met her brother, Frank Jr., at the family compound in WY. They were dedicated ecologists and conservationists before the words were part of the common vernacular. Her books did and are still doing their part to inform millions of readers of the wonders of nature and what we all stand to lose if too many humans are too ignorant of our roles and responsibilites as stewards of...

I enjoyed helping many students appreciate your books. Your legacy will live on.