Little Fur Family

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Overview

The timeless classic — the perfect gift for everyone's favorite child.

The Little Fur Family tells of a little fur child's day in the woods. The day ends when his big fur parents tuck him in bed "all soft and warm," and sing him to sleep with a lovely bedtime song.

The experiences of the little fur child as he investigates some other creatures of the wild wood.

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Overview

The timeless classic — the perfect gift for everyone's favorite child.

The Little Fur Family tells of a little fur child's day in the woods. The day ends when his big fur parents tuck him in bed "all soft and warm," and sing him to sleep with a lovely bedtime song.

The experiences of the little fur child as he investigates some other creatures of the wild wood.

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A sweet board book based on Margaret Wise Brown's resilient 1946 classic about "a little fur family / warm as toast / smaller than most / in little fur coats." Who could resist these endearing creatures or the book's furry cover?
Publishers Weekly
The 1946 title Little Fur Family by Margaret Wise Brown, illus. by Garth Williams, is now available in a hand-size board book format with a patch of brown fur on the cover. This may be a new format, but the rest remains the classic tale of a little brown bear who spends a day of discovery in the woods. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
All of those who grew up comforted by Margaret Wise Brown's wonderfully simple tales, including many illustrated by Garth Williams, will be delighted to know this classic is available as a board book. Now enthusiastic infants and toddlers can enjoy feeling the warm silky fur on the cover, as they follow the little fur child throughout his day. It is perfectly possible these human little ones will also like to hear their mothers and fathers sing them the song that puts the little fur child to sleep. 2005 (orig. 1946), Harper Festival/Harper Collins, Ages 2 to 6.
—Mary Hynes-Berry
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780694000043
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/28/1985
  • Edition description: Fur Edition
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 64,526
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 2.37 (w) x 3.25 (h) x 0.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Few writers have been as attuned to the concerns and emotions of childhood as Margaret Wise Brown (1910-1952). A graduate of Hollins College and the progressive Bank Street College of Education, she combined her literary aspirations with the study of child development. Her unique ability to see the world through a child's eyes is unequaled. Her many classic books continue to delight thousands of young listeners and readers year after year.

Muy pocos escritores de literatura infantil han logrado captar las emociones e inquietudes de la niñez como Margaret Wise Brown (1910-1952). Sus numerosos y ya clásicos libros y grabaciones continúan deleitando a lectores y oyentes de todas las edades.

Garth Williams began his work on the pictures for the Little House books by meeting Laura Ingalls Wilder at her home in Missouri, and then he traveled to the sites of all the little houses. His charming art caused Laura to remark that she and her family "live again in these illustrations."

Biography

When Margaret Wise Brown began to write for young children, most picture books were written by illustrators, whose training and talents lay mainly in the visual arts. Brown, the author of Goodnight Moon, was the first picture-book author to achieve recognition as a writer, and the first, according to historian Barbara Bader, "to make the writing of picture books an art."

After graduating college in 1932, Brown's first ambition was to write literature for adults; but when she entered a program for student teachers in New York, she was thrilled by the experience of working with young children, and inspired by the program's progressive leader, the education reformer Lucy Sprague Mitchell. Mitchell held that stories for very young children should be grounded in "the here and now" rather than nonsense or fantasy. For children aged two to five, she thought, real experience was magical enough without embellishments.

Few children's authors had attempted to write specifically for so young an audience, but Brown quickly proved herself gifted at the task. She was appointed editor of a new publishing firm devoted to children's books, where she cultivated promising new writers and illustrators, helped develop innovations like the board book, and became, as her biographer Leonard S. Marcus notes, "one of the central figures of a period now considered the golden age of the American picture book."

Though Brown was intensely interested in modernist writers like Gertrude Stein (whom she persuaded to write a children's book, The World Is Round), it was a medieval ballad that provided the inspiration for The Runaway Bunny (1942), illustrated by Clement Hurd. The Runaway Bunny was Brown's first departure from the here-and-now style of writing, and became one of her most popular books.

Goodnight Moon, another collaboration with Hurd, appeared in 1947. The story of a little rabbit's bedtime ritual, its rhythmic litany of familiar objects placed it somewhere between the nursery rhyme and the here-and-now story. At first it was only moderately successful, but its popularity gradually climbed, and by 2000, it was among the top 40 best-selling children's books of all time.

The postwar baby boom helped propel sales of Brown's many picture books, including Two Little Trains (1949) and The Important Book (1949). After the author died in 1952, at the age of 42, many of her unpublished manuscripts were illustrated and made into books, but Brown remains best known for Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny.

More people recognize those titles than recognize the name of their author, but Margaret Wise Brown wouldn't have minded. "It didn't seem important that anyone wrote them," she once said of the books she read as a child. "And it still doesn't seem important. I wish I didn't have ever to sign my long name on the cover of a book and I wish I could write a story that would seem absolutely true to the child who hears it and to myself." For millions of children who have settled down to hear her stories, she did just that.

Good To Know

When Goodnight Moon first appeared, the New York Public Library declined to buy it (an internal reviewer dismissed it as too sentimental). The book sold fairly well until 1953, when sales began to climb, perhaps because of word-of-mouth recommendations by parents. More than 4 million copies have now been sold. The New York Public Library finally placed its first order for the book in 1973.

If you look closely at the bookshelves illustrated in Goodnight Moon, you'll see that one of the little rabbit's books is The Runaway Bunny. One of three framed pictures on the walls shows a scene from the same book.

Brown's death was a stunning and sad surprise. The author had had an emergency appendectomy in France while on a book tour, which was successful; but when she did a can-can kick days later to demonstrate her good health to her doctor, it caused a fatal embolism.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Golden MacDonald, Juniper Sage, Timothy Hay
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 23, 1910
    2. Place of Birth:
      Brooklyn, N.Y.
    1. Date of Death:
      November 13, 1952
    2. Place of Death:
      Nice, France

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    highly recommended

    this sweet little book was one of my daughter's favorites. We originally had the regular storybook edition, and it was a favorite - then we got this very sweet tiny edition with the furry covers - she loved it. She's 25 now, but I'm glad the book is still available - I frequently give it as a gift to young children.

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  • Posted September 27, 2011

    Be sure to get the fur cover version!

    A classic that will become your child's favorite, especially with the furry cover!

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  • Posted September 3, 2009

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    A must have!

    My boys are 21 and 18, they still say the line from the book, "bless you everytime you sneeze". When grandparents were in town, it made grandma cry, because she remembers reading this book at nap time almost every day when they were little. I am sure it will be something that is passed on to their children someday.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2009

    We love it.

    My son was given this book for his first birthday and it is one of his favorites. Great to read aloud, recite throughout the day, and read again and again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2005

    Wonderful story and illustrations

    As a child, this one was of my favorite books. The beautiful , simple story, comforting words and adorable illustrations make it, in my opinion, one of the best children's books ever published.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2004

    A must for every child!

    The story line and the detail art work make this book a marvelous first book for every child.... It will be a life long favorite.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2003

    My favorite children's book

    Darling story, charming illustrations, and a soft furry cover! Great for baby's first book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2000

    Great Book!!

    I loved this book as a child, and still have my original copy. A few years ago, I started looking for new copies of my old favorites. I was happy to see this still in print with the original artwork and bought a copy. Truly worthwhile.

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