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The Little Fur Family [Paperback]

Margaret Wise Brown , Garth Williams
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15 July 1992 0694000043 978-0694000043 Box Rei
The timeless classic -- the perfect gift for everyone's favorite child. "The Little Fur Family" tells of a little fur child's day in the woods. The day ends when his big fur parents tuck him in bed "all soft and warm," and sing him to sleep with a lovely bedtime song.

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  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins,Australia; Box Rei edition (15 July 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0694000043
  • ISBN-13: 978-0694000043
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.8 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,821,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Margaret Wise Brown wrote hundreds of books and stories during her life, but she is best known for Goodnight Moon and Runaway Bunny. Even though she died over 45 years ago, her books still sell very well. Margaret loved animals. Most of her books have animals as characters in the story. She liked to write books that had a rhythm to them. Sometimes she would put a hard word into the story or poem. She thought this made children think harder when they are reading. She wrote all the time. There are many scraps of paper where she quickly wrote down a story idea or a poem. She said she dreamed stories and then had to write them down in the morning before she forgot them. She tried to write the way children wanted to hear a story, which often isn't the same way an adult would tell a story. She also taught illustrators to draw the way a child saw things. One time she gave two puppies to someone who was going to draw a book with that kind of dog. The illustrator painted many pictures one day and then fell asleep. When he woke up, the papers he painted on were bare. The puppies had licked all the paint off the paper. Margaret died after surgery for a bursting appendix while in France. She had many friends who still miss her. They say she was a creative genius who made a room come to life with her excitement. Margaret saw herself as something else - a writer of songs and nonsense.

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About the Author

Few writers have been as attuned to the concerns and emotions of childhood as Margaret Wise Brown (1910-1952). A graduate of Hollins College and the progressive Bank Street College of Education, she combined her literary aspirations with the study of child development. Her unique ability to see the world through a child's eyes is unequaled. Her many classic books continue to delight thousands of young listeners and readers year after year.


Muy pocos escritores de literatura infantil han logrado captar las emociones e inquietudes de la niñez como Margaret Wise Brown (1910-1952). Sus numerosos y ya clásicos libros y grabaciones continúan deleitando a lectores y oyentes de todas las edades.



Garth Williams began his work on the pictures for the Little House books by meeting Laura Ingalls Wilder at her home in Missouri, and then he traveled to the sites of all the little houses. His charming art caused Laura to remark that she and her family "live again in these illustrations."

--This text refers to the Board book edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a child's book should be 3 May 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I remember holding my furry copy of this book against my cheek after my mother tucked me in at night. Now my niece does the same with her (fake fur, as befits the times) copy. A simple tale of daily discovery is magical in the hands of Wise Brown and Williams, and the ending is a perfect note for sending a little one off to sleep. (I made up a tune for the song!)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I discovered the Little Fur Family at the home of my piano teacher, who easily could have stepped from the pages of one of Margaret Wise Brown's books. (Maybe whispering "hush.") The teeny, fur- covered edition is the one to have, in my view. When it was reissued (I think around 1985) and I spied it in a bookshop, I instantly was transported back to my childhood. I bought it and kept it in a safe place for nearly 12 years, until I first read it to my baby daughter. I keep it in her her room, in its box. After we read it, she cuddles it until she falls asleep. Every page is a delight, from the hollow tree the family lives in, to the teeny tiny fur animal who gets kissed on his little fur nose, to the wonderful supper and lullaby the fur child receives from his parents at the end of a day in the wild wood. I wish that this book (and Goodnight Moon) were issued to every child upon birth.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TOO CUTE!!!! 26 April 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This is the cutest book I have ever seen!!! It makes you all warm and fuzzy inside!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brings out the essence of youth 6 July 1997
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
The Little Fur Family is the best of childhood, remembered as wild sights and cozy feelings. To be able to boil the spiritual and emotional experience of raw child-ness down to the essential syrup is the perfection of Margaret Wise Brown. The best comparison would be having to condense a biographical novel to a haiku, and Brown does it in the same seductive style as the sea to draw the eyes, a river to the ears, and a blue sky to the deepest imagination. The story is told through the mind of a little fur child, who lives with his family in the wood. As he travels in his world that day, little wonder that it takes the reader, child or adult, to their own memories. Even though my bookshelves house books by Chomsky, Foucault, and Mahfouz, The Little Fur Family is always my heartfelt favorite. This book is a sweet story without having the backlash of crawling around in the muck of saccharine characters or the rabid commercialism of children's stories that have action figures or theme parks. If this story stimulates your appetite, I also recommend Goodnight Moon, another Margaret Wise Brown classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite 15 April 2005
By Janet Miller - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Despite a childhood filled with books, I didn't see this one until I picked it up in a secondhand store last week (at the age of 46!). I have read it several times a day since. There's something profoundly sweet and comforting about it, without the slightest trace of sappiness. It makes me feel transported the way books used to magically do before I turned 7, a rare thing indeed. Of course every child should have this book, but so should every grownup in this wicked world.
41 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A psychedelic freakout of a kids book 21 Oct 2007
By Mike Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This has to got be one of the strangest, coolest, most out-there kids books ever.

I mean, what exactly ARE the little fur family? The dad looks like some kind of furry owl, the mom might be some sort of feminine echidna, the boy looks like a bear, and the grandpa I'm pretty sure is an airedale.

...Pretty sure.

Sometimes the book rhymes, sometimes it doesn't; sometimes the writing is odd and redundant--like living in a "wooden tree," sometimes it's lyrical and beautiful--like "the dark and sunny woods"; and always it's just bizarre.

...The fur family seems peaceful, but they all wear fur coats, evidently from some other animals that got skinned. ...The boy meets his grandfather and has the oddest and most non sequiter exchange about sneezing. ...The little fur boy captures a tiny little furry man, before kissing it and sending it on its way.

What on earth is going on here?

The pictures, by Garth Williams of "Little House on the Prairie" fame, are awesome, every one suitable for framing, and the text, by Margaret Wise Brown, author of "Good Night Moon," makes more sense than say, "The Color Kittens," but still seems somewhat drug-inspired. And the ending is terrific.

This is one of my favorite kids books that I've ever gotten for my daughter, and she seems to like it as well. It's just so incomprehensibly bizarre that I have to love it. Have to.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only book that is as much fun to cuddle as it is to read 19 May 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I discovered the Little Fur Family at the home of my piano teacher, who easily could have stepped from the pages of one of Margaret Wise Brown's books. (Maybe whispering "hush.") The teeny, fur- covered edition is the one to have, in my view. When it was reissued (I think around 1985) and I spied it in a bookshop, I instantly was transported back to my childhood. I bought it and kept it in a safe place for nearly 12 years, until I first read it to my baby daughter. I keep it in her her room, in its box. After we read it, she cuddles it until she falls asleep. Every page is a delight, from the hollow tree the family lives in, to the teeny tiny fur animal who gets kissed on his little fur nose, to the wonderful supper and lullaby the fur child receives from his parents at the end of a day in the wild wood. I wish that this book (and Goodnight Moon) were issued to every child upon birth.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Little Fur Family 17 Nov 2002
By NoNameNope - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Initially put off by the miniature edition I'd ordered by mistake, I now must recommend it. We have an older hardback that my daughters love, and this small, fur covered version is another hit. My 15 month old loves to hold a little book in her hands that feels 'all soft and all warm'.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book reads like a lullaby 19 Nov 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The calm and soothing nature of this book makes it a great one to read when sending your little ones off to sleep. When I was a little girl, my mother read this book to me often. Now that I'm a mother of two girls-ages 8 and 3-it's a great excuse for me to read one of my favorite childrens book. My girls especially love it when I sing the lullaby at the end of the book. Hopefully, this book has become a favorite of my girls, that they will take with them through life the way I have.
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