The Secret River by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Leo Dillon & Diane Dillon

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From the literary iconic author of The Yearling comes an enchanting tale that transcends decades and generations. The Great Depression has hit, and Calpurnia and her family do not have enough. Not enough money, not enough food, not enough fish for Daddy to sell at the market. With the aid of a wise forest friend, Calpurnia discovers a secret river that provides an abundance of fish, which her community desperately needs. But when she returns the next day for more, she learns there is an important distinction between need and greed.

Set during a time of want, The Secret River overflows with riches: marvelous language, mystical happenings, and wondrous, awe-inspiring artwork from legendary team Leo and Diane Dillon that brims with symbolism. Both timely and timeless, this lavish picture book is a classic in the making.
 

About Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Leo Dillon & Diane Dillon

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Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (1896-1953) is the celebrated American author of The Yearling, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1939. N.C. Wyeth (1882–1945) began his artistic career as a young adult. Born in Needham, Massachusetts, Wyeth traveled the American West extensively and drew what he saw. His prolific career includes three thousand works and more than one hundred book illustrations, including those for a majority of the Scribner Illustrated Classics series.
 
Published February 1, 2011 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 55 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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There are no fish left in the rivers and streams;

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The Dillons (Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears) bring new life to Pulitzer Prize–winner Rawlings's (The Yearling) absorbing story, first published post- humously in 1956, when it received a Newbery Honor.

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With Calpurnia’s thoughts about bees in her poem, in our way of thinking, why not show her and what she’s thinking, rather than show her writing a poem?

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Chicago Tribune

Her journey into the forest and back is clearly the territory of fairy tales, but traversed by a plucky little girl who understands both "hard times" and the best way to deal with hungry bears.

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