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  - Linda Lipko - Goodreads

I've never heard illustrations listed as "decorations" were lovely. This is written in fairy tale format. It is a lovely Newbery award-winning book regarding a lonely hunter who lives in the woods by ... Read full review

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User Review  - Amy Jelenko - Goodreads

I have read this book a dozen or so times over the past 40 years. I find it absolutely perfect for what it is. Unconditional love is presented among the characters: animal, human, and otherwise; and a ... 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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