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My Real Family
     

My Real Family

by Emily Arnold McCully
 

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Caldecott Medal-winning author and illustrator Emily Arnold McCully tells a gentle and humorous story about feeling unappreciated at home. 8 X 10. Full-color illustrations

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Caldecott Medal-winning author and illustrator Emily Arnold McCully tells a gentle and humorous story about feeling unappreciated at home. 8 X 10. Full-color illustrations

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"A book that will be of comfort to all youngsters, especially those who think they deserve more attention than they get.”—School Library Journal
"Endearing.”—Kirkus Reviews
"Fetching illustrations...[a] buoyant tale.”—Publishers Weekly
"The expressive watercolors capture all the nuances of family relationships and feelings.”—The Horn Book
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Thespian bear Sarah becomes jealous of an orphaned sheep that's adopted by her family. PW admired the "fetching illustrations" and "buoyant tale, which will help soothe that common childhood malady of feeling neglected." Ages 5-8. (Aug.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Elizabeth Bagg
Sarah is so disappointed when Blanche, the orphan, gets all the attention after the family theater production. What is more, they don't follow Sarah's choices for activities afterwards as they had promised. When father asks Blanche to come live with them, that is the last straw. Sarah sneaks out of the house and runs into the woods. All goes well until it becomes dark. But everything ends happily after all. This book is one of a series by Caldecott winning illustrator McCully.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-The theatrical Bear Family (The Evil Spell [1990] and Speak Up, Blanche! [1991, both HarperCollins]) is back, this time with an offstage adventure. Sarah, the youngest, is pleased with herself for doing such a good job as props manager and costume mistress in the latest Farm Theater production, but no one in her family pays much attention to her. Instead, they praise Blanche, an orphaned lamb who is visiting. And, worst of all, instead of sending Blanche home, Sarah's parents invite her to stay with them. They even announce that they would like to adopt her. Sarah seems close to losing everything-her parents' love, her room, her place in the universe. She decides that she was adopted, and runs away into the woods to find her birth parents. Of course, the heartsick Bruno and Sophie pursue her. In the end, Sarah gains a greater understanding of the unshakable place she holds in her family. The enormously appealing, almost impressionistic illustrations are done in pen and ink, watercolor, and pastels. With economy of line and marvelous use of accent and shadow, they capture, in turn, the friendly and fearsome ambiance of the forest, and explore the full range of ursine emotions. These charming and expressive creatures draw readers into Sarah's world. A book that will be of comfort to all youngsters, especially those who think they deserve more attention than they get.-Anna Biagioni Hart, Sherwood Regional Library, Alexandria, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152019570
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
07/26/1999
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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From the Publisher
"A book that will be of comfort to all youngsters, especially those who think they deserve more attention than they get.”—School Library Journal
"Endearing.”—Kirkus Reviews
"Fetching illustrations...[a] buoyant tale.”—Publishers Weekly
"The expressive watercolors capture all the nuances of family relationships and feelings.”—The Horn Book

Meet the Author

Emily Arnold McCully received the Caldecott Medal for Mirette on the High Wire . The illustrator of more than 40 books for young readers, she has a lifelong interest in history and feminist issues. She divides her time between Chatham, New York, and New York City.

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