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When ten-year-old Tom Elson first sees the farivox, he senses it's an animal unlike anything he's ever known--and it seems to be smiling at him! But can an animal really speak? What would the farivox say to Tom? And what message would it give us about the future of our planet? Emily Arnold McCully adapts a previously published fantasy about a boy who wants to own a creatur ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 1st 2000 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Heidi
I don't even know why I had picked this one of the shelves, but it has been sitting at my desk for weeks. I like the pictures. I like the setting of time. And I like how Tom really does try to hurry. I sorrow over species that have become lost and extinct, too, but this book still had an environmentalistic feel to it, instead of a story. I am a bit confused as to why the book starts out talking about passenger pigeons when it deals with a farivox (desciption of which sounds nothing like a passen ...more
booklady
An adaptation from Harry Hartwick's Farewell to the Farivox, I read and re-read this numerous times after I picked it up for $.50 at a used book sale. First, I'd never heard of a farivox. Second, I kept studying the beautiful pictures hoping there was a glimpse of one in the lovely water color pictures (there isn't) and third, I was just amazed by the story of an extinct animal which a little boy sees and almost gets for a pet.

It's a beautiful but sad story from another era.
Paul
The visual images in HURRY! give a very period feel to the story that fits its era and rural setting. The eyes of the farivox staring out through wooden slats with the rest of its face hidden is spot-on for sustaining the mystery of the whole story. If there is a downside, it's playing the environmental angle a little too heavily, but I think the story works fine without it.
Matthew
This book sure didn't end happily. It was an interesting story though. I wouldn't recommend reading it unless you are ready for the way it turns out. There's no happy ending to be had.
MaryJo
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Emily Arnold McCully received the Caldecott Medal for Mirette on the High Wire. The illustrator of more than 40 books for young readers, she divides her time between Chatham, New York, and New York City.
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