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The Animal Family by Randall Jarrell
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Jan 08, 2012

it was amazing
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Read in December, 2011

This book is totally amazing and weird, and the pictures are beautiful. It's at a low enough reading level for most intermediate ESOL students, I would think, or intermediate ABE readers, and it has a clear story. There aren't a lot of big questions in it, society-wise, although one could talk quite a bit about what makes a family, and what it is to leave your home and go to another land with another totally different way of life, and what it's like to have a mixed marriage. It's also sort of a story about adoption. It's poetry just as much as it is a novel, and quite short. The characters are very interesting and it might be a nice exercise to have students write from the point of view of some of the characters. And there's the question: where is everyone else? What would happen if this strange family were discovered by the "real world"?
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