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The Tarantula in My Purse

and 172 Other Wild Pets

Jean Craighead George, Richard Cowdrey (Illustrator)


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From bestselling nature writer and Newbery Medal winner Jean Craighead George comes an autobiographical story about how wild it can be living in a house full of animal fans.

Imagine living with a skunk in your closet, a bat in your refrigerator, and a tarantula in your purse!

In this hilarious autobiographical account, Newbery Medal–winning author and acclaimed naturalist Jean Craighead George describes her adventures in a house full of wildlife enthusiasts—and the amazing animals themselves.

Praise For The Tarantula in My Purse: and 172 Other Wild Pets

“A one of-a-kind lesson in living with nature. Endearingly told.”
Publishers Weekly

“Narrated with humor and warmth.”
Kirkus Reviews

“These brief, amusing vignettes make wonderful read-alouds to share with the whole family.”
— School Library Journal

Katherine Tegen Books, 9780060236267, 144pp.

Publication Date: September 19, 1996

About the Author

Jean Craighead George wrote over one hundred books for children and young adults. Her novel Julie of the Wolves won the Newbery Medal in 1973, and she received a 1960 Newbery Honor for My Side of the Mountain. She continued to write acclaimed picture books that celebrate the natural world. Her other books with Wendell Minor include The Wolves Are Back; Luck; Everglades; Arctic Son; Morning, Noon, and Night; and Galapagos George.

Richard Cowdrey has illustrated numerous books for children, including Bad Dog, Marley! by John Grogan, Animal Lullabies by Pam Conrad, and Frosty the Snowman by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins. He is the owner of a yellow Labrador, Murray, whose behavior is remarkably similar to Marley's. He lives in Ohio with his wife and children.