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The Secret River
by Rawlings, Marjorie Kinnan (Author), Dillon, Leo (Illustrator), Dillon, Diane (Illustrator)
The powerhouse illustrator pair of Leo and Diane Dillon re-imagine the only story Pulitzer Prize winner Rawlings (The Yearling) ever wrote for children. Calpurnia discovers a secret river in a Florida forest, where she catches enough fresh fish to feed ...
Age Range: From 4 to 8
Format: Hardcover, 56 pages
Publisher: Atheneum Books, January 2011
Product Dimensions: 11.28 L × 10.33 W × 0.51 H
Publisher Marketing: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings + Leo and Diane Dillon = pure magic!
A depression era story that is just as timely as it is enchanting, this is a stunning picture book for the ages.
There's just not enough…not enough money, not enough food, not enough fish for her daddy to sell at the market. Hard times have come to the forest, but Calpurnia wants to turn them back into soft times. With her little dog Buggy Horse and a tip from old Mother Albirtha, the wisest person in the forest, Calpurnia finds a secret river and uses the pink paper roses from her hair to catch enough beautiful catfish to feed the whole swamp land -with some left over for Daddy to sell. When she tries to find the river again the next day, Mother Albirtha tells her, Child, sometimes a thing happens once, and does not ever happen anymore….You caught catfish when catfish were needed…you will not find the river again. This story by the Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Yearling and literary icon Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings is about living in a time of want, yet it is overflowing with riches-stunning language, mystical happenings, wondrous, wondrous artwork. Beautiful in all ways that a book can be beautiful, this unforgettable picture book is a classic in the making.
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