Gooseberry Park

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Harcourt, Incorporated, 1995 - Juvenile Fiction - 133 pages
23 Reviews
In this animal adventure from Newbery Medal-winning author Cynthia Rylant, Stumpy Squirrel has just settled into a new nest in a magnificent pin oak in Gooseberry Park. It’s the perfect spot for her babies to be born! When they arrive healthy and strong, Stumpy’s three good friends--a Labrador retriever, a wise hermit crab, and a bat who eats Chinese food--are thrilled. But after a terrible ice storm destroys the pin oak, Stumpy disappears. It takes a special combination of courage, humor, and tenacity for Stumpy’s friends to rescue her babies and bring her home again. Arthur Howard's black-and-white illustrations illuminate the companions’ adventures throughout.

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User Review  - Molly - Goodreads

It always boggled my mind (and still does) that this has never been adapted into an animated film. It's got it all: A very sweet, unlikely friendship, conflict that seems real, several goofy moments, and beautiful art. If a kid you know loves animals, they'll get a kick out of this. Read full review

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User Review  - Hilary - Goodreads

Penny read this one on her own. I haven't gone back to read it myself, yet. Read full review

About the author (1995)

CYNTHIA RYLANT is the acclaimed author of more than a hundred books for young people, and her novel Missing May received the Newbery Medal. She lives in Lake Oswego, Oregon. ARTHUR HOWARD is the illustrator of the Mr. Putter & Tabby series by Cynthia Rylant and the Bubba and Beau series by Kathi Appelt. He has also written and illustrated five picture books of his own. He lives in New York City.

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