Mr. Wellington

David Rabe, illustrated by Robert Andrew Parker

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An acclaimed playwright's first work for children...A gentle and thoroughly original animal story

Young Jonathan finds a small, frightened squirrel on the road and brings it home tucked inside his sneaker. But the squirrel named Mr. Wellington is weak and listless, and fearful of the unfamiliar surroundings. Told from alternating perspectives--Jonathan's and Mr. Wellington's--this beautifully written story, enhanced with pen-and-ink wash illustrations, has all the markings of an enduring classic animal tale.

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CHAPTER ONE

Mystery. And the dark of night coming down all around him. And the squirrel didn’t know where he was. The cold was getting deep inside him, and no matter where he looked he saw nothing familiar. Trees, yes. And grass. And more trees. And dirt. And fallen branches, and bark and more trees and more grass. But none that were his tree. The one where his home was. Where he lived with his mother and his brothers and sisters. Where he’d been playing roughly with his brother. Feeling strong. As strong as anything in the world.

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Praise for Mr. Wellington

“Some well-embedded information about wildlife rehabilitation, Jonathan's very real emotions, short chapters, and frequent illustrations make this an appealing choice for reluctant readers.” —School Library Journal

“The tale is an object lesson presented with all the correct answers in an engaging narrative.” —Kirkus Reviews


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David Rabe, illustrated by Robert Andrew Parker

DAVID RABE is a Tony-Award winning playwright and screenwriter. He lives in Lakeville, Connecticut.

ROBERT ANDREW PARKER is a fine artist, printmaker, and award-winning illustrator. He lives in West Cornwall, Connecticut.

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Mr. Wellington
David Rabe, illustrated by Robert Andrew Parker

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Roaring Brook Press
A Neal Porter Book
April 2009
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ISBN: 9781429998222
ISBN10: 1429998229
Middle-Grade Fiction96 pages, Black-and-white line art
Age Range: 6 to 10
Grade Range: 1 to 5
$7.99
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