The animal family

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Alfred A. Knopf, Aug 12, 1985 - Juvenile Fiction - 200 pages
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Tale of a lonely hunter and how he acquires a family consisting of a mermaid, a bear, a lynx, and, finally, a boy. Also use: Fly by Night (1985, Farrar).

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This is a book about a guy who kills a mother bear so he could raise the bear cub with his friend the mermaid. Then he steals a baby lynx from his mother and raises him too. At the end the mermaid ... Read full review

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This is my comfort book. When I'm troubled and can't get my mind to rest, I pick up this book and the story is just so beautiful that it usually soothes away my troubles! Beautiful story about how ... Read full review


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Randall Jarrell (1914-1965) received the National Book Award for his book of poems "The Woman at the Washington Zoo." His children's book "The Animal Family" was named a Newbery Honor Book, and his translation of "The Three Sisters" was produced by The Actors Studio Theatre.

Maurice Sendak received the Caldecott Medal for "Where the Wild Things Are". He has also received the Hans Christian Andersen Medal, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, the National Medal of Arts, and the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.

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