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Orphan: The Story of a Baby Woodchuck Library Binding – May 1, 1992
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From School Library Journal
Grade 2-4-- With qualities reminiscent of both Joy Adamson's Born Free and books by Jean Craighead George, McNulty has created a readable beginning reader about a baby woodchuck. While telling her story of finding this orphan, she incorporates descriptive facts about it. Readers understand why the animal has been endowed with his whiskers, short legs, little round ears, eyes placed close to the top of the head, etc.; furthermore, the author creates a positive feeling for the orphaned animal as a wild creature that must learn to survive independently from human contact. Morrell's soft black-and-white drawings, some full page, show the baby woodchuck and his surroundings. An appealing offering that will serve well as an introduction to a common wild creature. --J. J. Votapka, Hempstead Public Library, NY
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From Kirkus Reviews
A New Yorker writer with several children's books about wildlife to her credit describes adopting an unweaned ``chuck'' found near her Rhode Island home, raising him, and then returning him to the wild. Gracefully, succinctly, and without sentimentality, she characterizes Chuck as an engaging little chap with ``amazing energy and will''--and, meanwhile, unobtrusively tucks quite a lot of natural history into her accessible text; she even shapes the true facts into a satisfying drama, concluded by a poignant second and final farewell at hibernating time. Wildlife artist Morrell's soft-pencil b&w illustrations are appealing and precise. A charming vignette. (Nonfiction. 7-11) -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.