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Forest

by Laura Godwin
Illustrated by Stacey Schuett

Published by HarperCollins, 1998
48 pages
ISBN: 0-06-026664-3

Ages 4 - 7

A realistic, appealing story for beginning readers about the relationship between humans and wild animals. When Jeannie and her parents find an abandoned fawn in the forest on the edge of their farm, she hopes they can take it home and keep it. Her parents are hesitant to intervene until it is clear the doe is not returning. Then they take the fawn home. "Just for tonight," Jeannie's mother makes clear as she prepares a bottle for the fawn. "Tomorrow we will take him to a place where they care for wild animals." But even knowing the fawn cannot stay, Jeannie still cannot resist curling up next to him in the middle of the night and giving him a name: Forest, "so you won't forget where you come from." A story admirable for its lack of sentimentality but still full of warmth. (An I Can Read Book) CCBC categories: Easy Fiction.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center


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