The Animal Family

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The Animal Family
original cover
Author Randall Jarrell
Illustrator Maurice Sendak
Cover artist Maurice Sendak
Country U.S.
Language English
Genre children's literature
Publisher Harper & Row
Publication date
Pages 180
ISBN 0-06-205904-1
OCLC 180013285

The Animal Family is a 1965 children's novel by American poet and critic Randall Jarrell and illustrated by noted children's book illustrator Maurice Sendak. It is a 1966 Newbery Honor book[1] and has a significant following among adult readers.[citation needed]

Plot summary[edit]

A man, a mermaid, a boy, a bear and a lynx - all orphans - find a home together in a log cabin in the woods by the sea. Through their shared experiences and self-made myths of their own origins, they create their own unique family.


  1. ^ "Newbery Medal and Honor Books, 1922-Present". Association for Library Service for Children (ALSC), American Library Association.