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Books TitleRECOMMENDED NOVELS WRITTEN FOR CHILDREN

T) OTHER ANIMALS / NATURE

ATWATER, RICHARD & FLORENCE
“Mr. Popper’s Penguins” (1938)
Popper is a house painter who dreams of joining an Antarctic expedition. His letters to Admiral Drake result in an unusual gift -- a live penguin! But the penguin is unhappy, until a local zoo provides a mate. Before long the Poppers have ten penguins, and the only way they can support them is to train the birds to perform on stage.

BINNS, ARCHIE
“Sea Pup” 1954
Living on the coast of Puget Sound, Washington state, Clint finds an orphaned seal pup, and raises it. Boy and seal swim and fish and get into trouble together as the seal grows to adulthood and Clint must face releasing him. Look also for “Sea Pup Again”.

DEJONG, MEINDERT
“The Wheel on the School” (1954)
In a small village in Holland, a school class sets out to learn more about the storks that used to nest in their town, but no longer do. They build a nest site on top of their school, and wait anxiously to see if it will be accepted.

KJELGAARD, JIM
“The Black Fawn” (1958)
City-bred orphan Bud Sloan is sent to live on the Bennett farm, where he feels very out of place. A black fawn that he sees in the woods sparks a new interest in the wild world around him, that is encouraged by the Bennetts.

LIPPINCOTT, JOSEPH WHARTON
“The Phantom Deer” (1954)
This fine story details the near-extinction of the Florida Keys deer, and tells their story through the eyes of one such deer, as well as Hickey, an old man who fights to preserve them, and his grandson Jack, who came to the Keys expecting to hate the place, but who learns to love it. Look also for Lippincott’s many fine animal biographies, such as “The Wahoo Bobcat”.

MOLLOY, ANNE
“The Pigeoneers” (1947)
Nat and his wardmates in a New York City orthopedic hospital find a new interest in life watching the homing pigeons on a neighbor’s roof -- and soon they are able to raise some of their own.

MURPHY, ROBERT
“The Pond” (1964)
The setting here is a pond in the wilds of Virginia, in 1917. Joey and his family come there first for the fishing, but each time he returns, Joey learns more about the natural world of the pond, and it’s many inhabitants, until the thrill of fishing and hunting become a true love of nature. Look also for Murphy’s other fine nature books.

NORTH, STERLING
“The Wolfling” (1969)
In 1870s Wisconsin, Robbie’s pioneer life is greatly enhanced when he finds and raises a wolf cub. His friend, naturalist Thure Kumlien, helps him raise and understand the wild creature, and the two defend the wolfling against those who would destroy it. Look also for “So Dear To My Heart”, in which a backwoods Indiana boy raises a black lamb.

PEYTON, K. M.
“The Plan for Birdsmarsh” (1965)
Paul is against the new marina that will destroy the natural habitat and family farm he loves, but he soon realizes there is a more sinister plot behind the marina, one that leads to an exciting sailing race and a shipwreck.

ROBERTSON, KEITH
“In Search of a Sandhill Crane” (1973)
Link Keller can’t wait to get back to New Jersey and baseball, but he’s stuck for the summer in the Michigan wilderness, where his uncle has given him the task of photographing some wild birds. As he learns their ways, he discovers the power and beauty of nature. Look also for Robertson’s “Outlaws of the Sourland” and “The Pinto Deer”.

WELLMAN, MANLY WADE
“Wild Dogs of Drowning Creek” (1952)
In the backwoods mountains of North Carolina, a pack of wild dogs are terrorizing the area. Two boys set out to discover the mystery behind their origin and unusual intelligence, and soon find themselves in danger.

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A) Classic Fantasy

B) Epic Fantasy

C) Animal Fantasy

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E) Other Fantasy

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T) Other Animals and Nature

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