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The Secret River by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
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Jan 26, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: folklore, faith, poetry, nature, caldecott-12, fave-2011, picturebooks
Read in January, 2011

Any book that gives me goosebumps gets five stars! Did you see the face in the forest? Did you see the hands in the bear grass? Did you see the fish in the leaves? Did you see Mother Albirtha's necklace change expressions? Did you see the chairs at Calpurnia's house repaired in two different ways? *happy sigh* I love the tonal shifts in color throughout the book, from thin gray dawn to golden green afternoon to golden brown sunset to deep blue night. I love the folkloric narrative arc of the story, too. I've put a hold on the 1955 version, to read the "slightly longer version" mentioned in the end notes, and also to see the other illustrations.
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Alyson I might have to get a copy back to look at it some more!


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