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2004 Award
The Day the Animals Came
( by Frances Ward Weller/illus. Loren Long, Philomel $16.99 Score: ) Ria, a child from the Caribbean, is homesick. Her neighbor, Mrs. Blum, takes her to the cathedral of St. John the Divine, for the Feast of St. Francis. Luminous illustrations capture the vastness of the cathedral, the vastness of the crowd, the grandeur of the animal procession, and finally Ria’s transformation from outsider to becoming a part of her new world. 5–8.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2004.


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