The Underneath

  The Underneath byKathi Appelt

recommended by Emily

Written with a strong storyteller’s voice, this novel winds its way through the fate of two families; one a motley family of animals living under the porch of a swamp dweller who is disfigured both inside and out, the other an unusual mother/daughter pair whose bond has been broken by the intensity of the mother’s love. The illustrations and the fantasy genre do not do full justice to the complexity and richness of the plot and the timeless feel, more folklore or myth than fantasy. Try this book for a narrative that will stay with you for a long time.

 

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