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We sent the following e-mail:
on 4/17/03 11:52 PM, Harvey, Lynne at email@example.com wrote:
Dear Ms. George,
To go along with the project we are also reading your book, Frightful'sMountain, and enjoying it tremendously - in fact, we don't want to put it down!
We do have one question ~ did you do a lot of research before writing it? It reads like there is a lot of factual information in it.
We will be doing some writing / book reviews and illustrations from descriptions in the book and posting them on our web site when we finish the book.
Thanks for taking the time to read this ~ if you could answer our questionthat would be great.
On 4/21/03 we found the following response in our e-mail in the morning:
Dear 4th Graders,
I have been watching the falcons on the internet, too. Marvelous. I did doa lot of research of FRIGHTFUL'S MOUNTAIN. Although I trained a falcon when I was 13, from which experiences I wrote MY SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN, so much more is known about peregrine falcons today, that I read scientific books about them. In addition, my agent retired and became a master falconer. He lived and flew his birds in the Catskills and I would go up and join him and the other falconers in the training and imagining myself to be a soaring, speeding falcon.
Jean Craighead George
Things we are learning from the book ...
Book Reviews of Frightful's Mountain
Mountain is a magnificent book. The
first page is so exiting you do not want to stop until you are finished!
You feel such sorrow for Sam and Frightful, when Frightful leaves
or does not respond to Sam’s call.
Some of my personal favorite
of my favorite parts is when Chup and Frightful are at their arie tending
Chup’s first eyases. (They’re so cute!) Even though they aren’t
hers, Frightful treats them like her own.
The next season Frightful has a clutch of her own with a different
When you read a book you want to be amazed, and Jean Craighead George amazed me in Frightful’s Mountain.
Sam Gribley is a young man who raised a peregrine falcon named Frightful. One day two men came by and took Frightful from Sam, but Frightful manages to get away from these bad men. She can not see because of a hood the men put on her, but she can hear many things. She starts flying and relies on her hearing to lead the way. She hears a girl named Alice Gribley (Sam’s sister) and flies to her. Alice recognizes Frightful and cuts the hood off.
Later on in the story, Frightful finds a mate named Chup. Chup is a male peregrine who lost his wife. His wife had eyases (babies). He is now looking for a new wife/mom for his eyases (babies). She becomes Chup’s mate and takes care of his babies. She trains them until they are all grown up. When it is time for them to migrate Chup and his babies leave, but Frightful stays. The next season she meets 426 and they lay 3 eggs. Later on Frightful migrates to wonderful warm islands, and when she gets back…
Frightful’s Mountain is an extraordinary book ~ give it a try! -Robert
Frightful’s Mountain by Jean Craighead George is a
great story for all ages. It
takes place in a lot of different settings but the main settings are the
ancient hemlock tree and Sam’s house.
There are many characters in the book, but Frightful, Sam, Chup
and 426 are the main characters.
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