The Talking Earth

by Jean Craighead George

Paperback, 1987



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HarperCollins (1987), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 160 pages


Billie Wind ventures out alone into the Florida Everglades to test the legends of her Indian ancestors and learns the importance of listening to the earth's vital messages.


Texas Bluebonnet Award (Nominee — 1986)
Utah Beehive Book Award (Nominee — Children's Fiction — 1986)
Kentucky Bluegrass Award (Nominee — Grades 4-8 — 1985)


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Physical description

160 p.; 7.77 inches

Media reviews

Billie Wind, a thirteen-year-old Seminole girl, questions the validity and usefulness of Seminole legends about talking animals and earth spirits in contrast to the scientific knowledge she has learned in school. As punishment by the Council for being a doubter, Billie is to spend time alone in the
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Everglades. Here, she learns that listening to the land and to the animals can teach her about survival and about understanding her people's beliefs.
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LibraryThing member empress8411
George wrote My Side of the Mountain, a favorite book. Besides that, this story takes place is the Everglades. As a native Floridian, that enjoy reading about my home state and the place I grew up. This was an excellent book. Billie's journey, both emotional and physical, are well written, as is
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the description of the Everglades. She also wove in the culture and history of Florida and the Seminole Indians.
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