Alvah and Arvilla by Mary Lyn Ray

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Alvah and Arvilla-and all their farm animals-leave New England behind to see the Pacific Ocean for the first time. “The illustrations of the traveling greenhouse, its open windows and skylights bulging with curious animals, are humorously precarious. An enjoyable journey for all who go along for the ride.”-The Horn Book

About Mary Lyn Ray

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Mary Lyn Ray was born in Louisiana in 1946. She is a conservationist who worked in museums for fifteen years and as a professional consultant in land protection and historic preservation. She is also the author of several picture books for children including Christmas Farm, Pumpkins, Shaker Boy, Welcome, Brown Bird, and Stars. Barry Root is the illustrator of many books for children, including "Gumbrella, " which he also wrote; Dream Big"; "By My Brother's Side"; and "Game Day", which received a Christopher Award in the category of books for young people. He lives with his family in Quarryville, Pennsylvania.
Published September 26, 1994 by Harcourt Children's Books. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Action & Adventure, Children's Books.

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For 31 years Arvilla has wanted to see the Pacific Ocean, but her husband Alvah, a practical, 19th-century New England farmer and man of few words, says, ``You can't have a farm and travel.'' So, for 31 years Arvilla and Alvah stay home, until one day Arvilla has an idea: to build a house on whee...

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Because of the demands of their farm, Alvah and Arvilla are never able to take ``trips they could send postcards from.'' Then Arvilla, overcome by a desire to see the Pacific Ocean, devises the perfect solution: ``If it's the animals keeping us here, we'll take the animals with us.'' They build a...

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