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The animal family
Jarrell, Randall, 1914-1965.
First HarperCollins edition.
Publication Information:
[New York] : HarperCollins Publishers, 1996.

Physical Description:
179 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm
A lonely hunter living in the wilderness beside the sea gains a family made up of a mermaid, a bear, a lynx, and a boy.
General Note:
"Michael di Capua books."
Reading Level:
920 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 5.4 3.0 20302.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 4.6 7 Quiz: 00466 Guided reading level: NR.
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This is the story of how, one by one, a man found himself a family. Almost nowhere in fiction is there a stranger, dearer, or funnier family--and the life that the members of The Animal Family live together, there in the wilderness beside the sea, is as extraordinary and as enchanting as the family itself.

Author Notes

Randall Jarrell was born in Nashville, Tennessee on May 6, 1914. He earned a bachelor's and master's degrees from Vanderbilt University. His first book of poetry, Blood from a Stranger, was published in 1942. During World War II, he served with the Army Air Force as a control tower operator. His other books of poetry include Little Friend, Little Friend; Losses; and The Lost World. He won the National Book Award in 1961 for The Woman at the Washington Zoo.

In addition to writing poetry, he reviewed it during a brief period spent as poetry editor for The Nation. Poetry and the Age and A Sad Heart at the Supermarket are collections of his essays as a poetry critic. His teaching career included stints at Kenyon College, the University of Texas, Sarah Lawrence College, the University of Illinois, and the University of North Carolina/Greensboro. He also was the 11th Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, a position that now bears the title Poet Laureate. He was hit by a car in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and died in October 14, 1965 at the age of 51.

(Bowker Author Biography) Randall Jarrell (1914-65) was a prolific poet, critic, and translator. His Complete Poems are available from FSG.

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A reprint of the classic 1965 Newbery Honor Book. Ages 6-up. (March) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved