The Tarantula In My Purse: And 172 Other Wild Pets by Jean Craighead GeorgeThe Tarantula In My Purse: And 172 Other Wild Pets by Jean Craighead George

The Tarantula In My Purse: And 172 Other Wild Pets

byJean Craighead George

Paperback | August 2, 1997

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Humorous, heart-warming, and just plain entertaining, these stories by Newbery Medalist Jean Craighead George recall what life was like as she raised three children and 173 wild pets. On any given day there might be a bat in the refrigerator, an owl in the shower, or a crow at the kitchen table. Jean Craighead George’s respect for nature and its many creatures is evident in all of her writing. Here, she offers a personal, firsthand account of the many animals that made their way into her life and her books.

1996 ‘Pick of the Lists’ (ABA)
1996 Children’s Books (NY Public Library)

Jean Craighead George is the author of over eighty books for children and young adults. Her novel Julie of the Wolves won the Newbery Medal in 1973, and her novel My Side of the Mountain was a Newbery Honor Book in 1960. She has continued to write acclaimed picture books and novels that celebrate the natural world. She lives in Chappaq...
Title:The Tarantula In My Purse: And 172 Other Wild PetsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 7.62 × 5.12 × 0.29 inPublished:August 2, 1997Publisher:HarperCollins

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0064462013

ISBN - 13:9780064462013

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12


Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favorite childhood books. If you have a child who loves animals and loves reading, then this is a perfect book for them. I read it over and over when I was a little girl.
Date published: 2017-10-23

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Acclaimed author-naturalist Jean Craighead George shares her true adventures living with a variety of wild animals--including a mischievous crow, a duck with an arrest record, and a Houdini-like boa constrictor.