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ORPHAN by Faith McNulty

ORPHAN

The Story of a Baby Woodchuck

By Faith McNulty (Author) , Darby Morrell (Illustrator)

Age Range: 7 - 11

Pub Date: May 1st, 1992
ISBN: 0-590-43838-7
Publisher: Scholastic

 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)