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THE ANIMAL FAMILY
New York : HarperCollins,
IL 3-6, RL 4.6
upon a time, long, long ago, where the forest runs down to the ocean…”
is how The Animal Family by Randall Jarrell begins and he keeps his promise
of a fairy tale. But this isn’t your ordinary fairy tale. It
is a tale of a lonely hunter who lives on a remote and isolate shore who
wants companionship. Slowly, he befriends a beautiful land-loving
mermaid. Together, they befriend a bear cub and then a lynx.
It is an odd family but a happy one. The four of them are aware anything
is missing from their lives until one day when the lynx brings home a small
orphaned boy. The hunter realizes his dreams have come true although
in ways he could have never imagined. Illustrated with pen and ink
drawings by Maurice Sendak, this fairy tale will open your mind to what
happiness can be. (Jocelyn Deal, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Winterville Elementary School)
Hunters -- Fiction.
Mermaids -- Fiction.
Bears -- Fiction.
Lynx -- Fiction.
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