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Kildee House by Rutherford G. Montgomery
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Jul 25, 2011

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bookshelves: juv, animals, newbery-honor
Read in July, 2011 , read count: 2-3

Another recently re-read, the story of Jerome Kildee, a stoneworker who retires to a redwood forest and builds a little cabin right up against a gigantic tree. Soon the locals discover that he is a nice guy, and willing to share his space--but the locals aren't people, they are raccoons and little spotted skunks, and they move right in! Jerome befriends Emma Lou Eppy, the only girl in a family of older brothers, and she is entranced by Jerome's lifestyle and his animals. The wonderfully sweet illustrations by Barbara Cooney fit well with this quiet, well-written story, which may appeal more to adults than to children. Newbery Honor.

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