Gr. 2-3. In this poignant, true account, Jacobs introduces a saddleback tortoise, George, who beat long odds to survive as possibly the last member of the distinctive species of tortoise found only on the Galapagos island of Pintas. Its ecology devastated by the descendants of goats brought in by fishermen, Pintas had been thought for decades to have no tortoises left--until game wardens trying to clear the island of its interlopers discovered George. The tortoise now lives in a large compound on Santa Cruz Island, and the search is on--so far without success--for a compatible female. In painted illustrations Cassels depicts George from various angles, plodding about rocky desert landscapes with wrinkled, appealing dignity. The author caps her simply written account with further resources for children who want to know more about George, or about the Galapagos in general. John PetersCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
About the Author
Francine Jacobs is the author of 24 books for children, including the Reading Rainbow Feature Selection Sam the Sea Cow
, illustrated by Laura Kelly and Lonesome George the Giant Tortoise
, illustrated by Jean Cassels. The story of Lonesome George appealed to her because it describes the discovery and rescue of a truly unique creature. She lives with her husband, Jerome Jacobs, in Pleasantville, New York.
Jean Cassels has illustrated more than fifty natural history books for children, but she also has a talent for more whimsical images of birds and beasts and bugs wearing all the latest fashions, as seen in The Mysterious Collection of Dr. David Harleyson. The mother of two grown sons, she lives with her husband in New Orleans, Louisiana.