Monday, April 28, 2014

Review: Galapagos George, by Jean Craighead George

Did you know that tortoises don't die of old age? Actually, that's one of those legends that's mostly true but not 100% - many species of tortoises stop aging, or age very slowly, once they reach adulthood, so theoretically they COULD live forever. So far, though, the oldest on record was a tortoise from the Galapagos Islands named Harriet, who lived to be 179. Another famous tortoise from the same islands was:
Galapagos George
George lived to be at least 100 years old, and died within weeks of one of my favorite authors, Jean Craighead George. Just last week I handed her Summer of the Falcons off to a young lady who reminded me a bit of myself at that age, and I predict by now she is firmly hooked on George's writings. In this nonfiction account, published posthumously, George's passion for animals shines through her description of this species' journey through time and geography, along with a simple understanding of adaptation within a species. (I'll overlook the horribly inaccurate definition of 'evolution' in the endnotes.) Wendell Minor's soft watercolor illustrations are the perfect companion. A rich selection for any library, from elementary to even high school.

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