The Animal Family Hardcover – August 12, 1985
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Jarrell was a poet. A large portion of his work addressed WWII and is remarkable. It should be read along with narratives of the Vietnam War.
There were several children's librarians there during the years I lived next door, and they all took an interest in me as I was such a voracious reader. One gave me a copy of The Animal Family as a birthday present one year, and it immediately became my favorite book.
This story is so simply told, yet so beautiful that it has stayed with me all my life (30 years and counting since I first read it). Before the internet came along, I made it a point to locate used copies through the booksellers' network, and kept several copies on hand so that I could give them away whenever I met a special child who I thought would appreciate it.
You can read the other reviews if you want to know the story line... nothing can do it justice, however, except just reading the book. When you start, you won't want the story to end, and when it does, you will be sad that things the world - families and relationships - aren't really as beautiful, simple and loving as they are in the book.
This is an absolute MUST READ for any child. Or adult.
My great-grandson is going to love it, and his mom and grandma are going to love reading it to/with him.
While perfect for bedtime, cold or rainy days, this book is appealing to me even as i grow older. The subtle lessons about companionship, newness, differences, loneliness, loss, and joy are not forced to the fore. Rather, an old-fashioned sense of creating an environment as a way to tell a story is key here. Inviting wilderness, homely relationships, and just enough magic and mystery to compel the story forward.
One of my most treasured books since i was a young child, the is a timeless and infinitely re-readable story.
The physical book is amazing. Sendak's drawings are beautiful, the cover is lovely, and the paper is extraordinary. Even the print and the way each page is "framed" with empty space highlighting the words of the story is beautiful. This is a book that should be given as a gift to a special adult or child.
I highly recommend this book.
Top international reviews
C'est plein d'humour et très bien écrit, en particulier j'adore les explications du chasseur sur qu'est ce que c'est une maison et pourquoi les humains ont besoin d'une table pour manger.
Tout le monde doit avoir ce petit bijou dans sa bibliothèque.