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Hardcover, 93 pages
Published 1970 by William Morrow
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Theresa C. Crawford
I bought this book at a library sale, when I was in elementary school. I'm now many moons past my childhood, have moved several times-- and I still have this book.

The story is told first person, through the eyes of Maeve, an orphaned child raised by her grandparents and considered a bit strange. She finds more acceptance from Gervase, an orphaned stag fawn she raises, and the other animals of her Headland, than she finds among the townsfolk.

Her story is magical, in a daydream way, mythic and fab...more
I read this book a very long time ago, and I read it often enough that I could quote whole passages of it, but somehow I lost track of the book. The other day I remembered it so vividly that I started trying to find it. I'd forgotten the author's name, everything but the title. Nothing. Nowhere. Except a mention on the blog of The Contrary Goddess. I wrote to her and asked for the name of the author, and when she wrote back, I found that she and I were both spelling the title as "Gervaise". Once...more
The reader of Gervase can experience a mental and spiritual epiphany in this touching story of the relationship between a strange girl and a wild stag who, together, discover a higher way of being. The great value of the book's message is that we can learn to transcend instincts that are destructive and replace these with constructive ways of being instead. We can master the "natural man."
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