The Animal Family (michael Di Capua Books)Consumer Rating
- Number of Pages: 192
- English (Unknown)
- English (Original Language)
- English (Published)
"When upon a time, long, lengthy ago, exactly where the forest runs down for the ocean, a hunter lived all alone inside a house designed of logs he had chopped for himself and shingles he had split for himself. One night, the lonely hunter hears the singing of a mermaid, and basically since"he himself was as patient as an animal,"the mermaid learns to trust him, speaking to him in a voice like the water. that you stay inside at night or when it rains."she asks. The hunter explains,"The house is a big wooden thing."" To keep from getting wet?"These words ease the reader into the elegant, dreamlike world of Randall Jarrell's Newbery Honor book The Animal Family. In time they teach each other their languages, with numerous amusing exchanges occurring because the hunter tries to teach his new friend terrestrial words and ideas."" Why?"To keep from getting wet."the mermaid says despairingly.
The mermaid and the hunter turn out to be a family members when the hunter takes a bear cub from its mother to reside with them as a son. This book of low-key epiphanies is packed with delightful, illuminating, often unexpected comparisons of the ocean world along using the land globe most non-mermaids wouldn't have considered. Enhanced by a beautiful design and gorgeous illustrations by Maurice Sendak, this book is perfect for any reader--young or old--ready for a bit of gentle philosophy using a decided twinkle."Having a bear around seems perfectly normal, but not quite a complete family, so eventually the hunter captures a spotted baby lynx. When the lynx brings home not an extra dead partridge, but a tiny boy, the delicate, playful family members dynamics change once again. But so had been the mermaid's--especially as she couldn't resist throwing the bear pieces of fish."The bear's table manners were bad. (All ages) --Karin Snelson
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