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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What a sweet and interesting story! I expected more of an ending, but overall I really enjoyed this. I would have LOVED this as a child. My one question while I was reading is how did the mermaid get around so easily on land? This was a Newbery Honor winner in 1966. Read full review

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Enchanting! Sweet! Such a delightful book to cheer one up. A friend loaned this book to me during a time I am in mourning. The man, alone, finds a family. None of them are alike but they manage to ... 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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