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Renowned Children's Book Author's Final Book Explores Life Of Cougar

Jean Craighead George

A few years back, one of the world's most beloved children's book authors completed her last book just four days before she passed away at the age of 92. Jean Craighead George was the Newberry award-winning author of over 100 picture and chapter books including Julie of the Wolves and My Side of the Mountain.  

Her posthumously published final book was about a mountain lion, and all the profits from "Shadow: The Cougar of Flat Creek" will go to mountain lion conservation efforts. Jackson-based Whit Pressis the publisher.

Wyoming Public Radio's Melodie Edwards spoke with George's nephew, Charlie Craighead, who lives in Moose, Wyoming. He talks about the new picture book "Shadow: The Cougar of Flat Creek," and about growing up in a family of animal lovers.

Melodie Edwards is the host and producer of WPM's award-winning podcast The Modern West. Her Ghost Town(ing) series looks at rural despair and resilience through the lens of her hometown of Walden, Colorado. She has been a radio reporter at WPM since 2013, covering topics from wildlife to Native American issues to agriculture.
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