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The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
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Jul 13, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: female-author, pulitzer-winner, saw-the-movie-too
Recommended for: everyone
Read on January 01, 1971 , read count: 3

This is required reading for kids growing up in Florida, as I did. I loved this story of the young boy in old Florida and his pet deer. It is not a cute book about a pet deer for little kids; it is a deep and realistic story about family life for poor farmers in Florida in the late 1800's (post-Civil War). The story is set up near what eventually became Volusia and Alachua counties, which is where I went to college, so I know the environment well. It's beautiful country -- Florida pines and sand oaks, Spanish moss, a variety of palms, and sandy soil. Also deer, mice, lizards, and the occasional bear. Lots of rain in the summer afternoons. It is hard to imagine living in that area before electricity and air conditioning! Rawlings lived in Cross Creek, Florida, in Alachua County. I remember eating gator tail for the first time in the Cross Creek restaurant, back in the late 1970's Highly recommended reading!

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