A collection of interconnected short stories exploring the relationships of people to each other and to the animals in their lives.
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Grade 6-10 Alternation between two sets of characters gives an unusual structure and interest to this collection of nine short stories about young people and animals. Haas plunges readers straight in with her first story, ``The Wake,'' in which 15-year-old Kris copes with her great-aunt's grief at the death of her ancient cat. Later stories continue to explore Kris' close relationship with Aunt Mil, her fascination with animals and their behavior, and her conflicts with her unbending father. The theme of death reappears when Kris' friend saves a greyhound from the vet's needle. Put all together, these first-person narratives with their intensity of feeling would have made an impressive short novel of a young woman's growth. Haas has chosen, however, to give her book a further dimension by alternating Kris' story with that of college-age James, whose life revolves around horses. (James is the protagonist of Haas' Working Trot Greenwillow, 1983) . Kris and James never meet, yet the interlacing of their two lives adds a richness to the book. Told in the third person, James' story has less impetus, but it is easy to become as fascinated as he is by the delicate relationship between man and horse. The stories are easily read, but their thoughtful, speculative nature makes them more suitable for older readers. This rich collection will leave readers with a lingering sense of excited discovery and of widening horizons. Ruth S. Vose, San Francisco Public Library
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This collection of short stories is arch and populated with over-analytical, talky teenagers. James, with his love of horses, and Kris, who fights with her father constantly over the value of animals as pets, are the main characters in most of the stories. The collection opens when Kris finds her Aunt Mil grief-stricken over the death of a longtime feline companion. The relationship between the girl and her elderly aunt is exquisitely drawn, but unlike the poetic beauty of Cynthia Rylant's Every Living Thing (a book that, like this one, thematically draws on the link between people and animals), these stories try to spell everything out. Much of Kris's dialogue sounds like she's repeating a textbook (which would be all right, since she is studying animal behavior) but it is too stiff for real conversation. In general, the book will please readers who are animal-lovers and who are also trying to articulate their concerns for four-legged friends. Others may be put off by the constant philosophizing and too-ready answers of all the players. Ages 12-up.
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers. Library Binding. Book Condition: Good. Book shows a small amount of wear to cover and binding. Some pages show signs of use. Bookseller Inventory # G0688081290I3N00
Book Description Greenwillow. Library Binding. Book Condition: VERY GOOD. Light rubbing wear to cover, spine and page edges. Very minimal writing or notations in margins not affecting the text. Possible clean ex-library copy, with their stickers and or stamp(s). Bookseller Inventory # 2706448650
Book Description Greenwillow. Library Binding. Book Condition: GOOD. Spine creases, wear to binding and pages from reading. May contain limited notes, underlining or highlighting that does affect the text. Possible ex library copy, thatâ€™ll have the markings and stickers associated from the library. Accessories such as CD, codes, toys, may not be included. Bookseller Inventory # 2810111803
Book Description Greenwillow. Library Binding. Book Condition: VERY GOOD. Light rubbing wear to cover, spine and page edges. Very minimal writing or notations in margins not affecting the text. Possible clean ex-library copy, with their stickers and or stamp(s). Bookseller Inventory # 2816867616
Book Description Greenwillow, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1988. Hardcover. Book Condition: Acceptable. Presentable library withdrawal with the library removing the inside blank cover page. A practical buy. Bookseller Inventory # 12573247523
Book Description Greenwillow Books, New York, 1988. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. First Printing (complete number line). Hardcover; very good condition in a very good and unclipped dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 009594
Book Description pub. by Greenwillow Books, nd (1988), c1988, 1988. 1st Edition, boards & cloth, fine w/price clipped dj, 180 pp, tall 8vo, 'Nine stories explore the intricacies of pain, joys, and mysteries of the bond between animals and humans.'. Bookseller Inventory # 59485
Book Description Greenwillow, 1988. Library Binding. Book Condition: Used: Good. Bookseller Inventory # SONG0688081290
Book Description Hardcover; First Printing. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. First Edition. . . Hardcover. Greenwillow, 1988. 1st Edition/1st Printing. Fine Book in Fine Dust Jacket. Price Intact. Overall, a clean and tight copy to add to a collection or read and enjoy. Dust Jacket protected with a new archival cover. Bubble wrapped and shipped promptly in a box. Bookseller Inventory # 031264
Book Description New York: Greenwillow Books 1988, 1988. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. No illustrations.ng. Slightly faded spine strip; Blue cover with pictorial dustjacket. Nine stories about animals & people by an award-winning children's book author. Bookseller Inventory # 001296