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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User Review  - Marsha - Goodreads

In gentle, coaxing tones, Mr. Jarrell invites the reader to believe in an impossible family. How this extraordinary family comes together, how they stay together in spite of obvious difficulties (you ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jill - Goodreads

Odd little book. A love story about an unlikely couple, a hunter and a mermaid, and the animals and boy they adopt. Maurice Sendak (illustrator of Where the Wild Things Are) did pictures for it. Seems ... 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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