Illustrator Wendell is happy to see the late Jean Craighead George's last effort receiving so much attention, citing in particular the recent article about GALÁPAGOS GEORGE (HarperCollins), in the "Randomly Reading" blog. See http://balkinbuddies.blogspot.com/2014/05/wendell-minor-is-happy-to-see-jean.html
Galápagos George is on Indiana State Reading Associations's 2014 Top 50 Children's Books list. See http://balkinbuddies.blogspot.com/2014/04/wendell-minors-galapagos-george-is-on.html for further information.
Wendell Minor's Galápagos George is the 2015 Cook Prize Winner @ http://balkinbuddies.blogspot.com/2015/05/galapagos-george-by-jean-craighead.html and it's on Bank Street College of Education's 2015 Best Children's Books of the Year http://balkinbuddies.blogspot.com/2015/03/marc-aronson-ashley-bryan-emily-arnold.html
The two Georges live on in Librarian's Quest; see (http://librariansquest.blogspot.com/2014/04/the-last-has-passed.html) and the Balkin Buddies blog (http://balkinbuddies.blogspot.com/2014/05/wendell-minors-galapagos-george-by-jean.html)
...and Happy Halloween tomorrow!
Feb. 23 is Pub Day! From SLJ: "A solid option for a read-aloud or for children to present as readers’ theater. Minor’s detailed watercolor spreads strongly support the writing by emphasizing Earth’s natural beauty, the effects of industrialization on the environment, and the bright outcomes of treating the natural world with respect. An authors’ note and an illustrator’s note highlight the simple steps kids can take to go green. VERDICT A fine selection for reading and sharing."