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The Day the Animals Came: A Story of Saint Francis Day
By Frances Ward Weller and Loren Long (illustrator)
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Philomel Books
Publication date August 1, 2003
Pages 48
Binding School and Library
Book category Easy Fiction
ISBN-13 9780399236303
ISBN-10 0399236309
Dimensions 0.50 by 7.75 by 11.50 in.
Weight 0.90 lbs.
Availability§ Out of Print
Original list price $16.99
Other format details juvenile
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Summaries and Reviews
Having left her friends and beloved animals behind in Puerto Rico, young Ria$s visit to New York hasn$t been a lot of fun until she meets Mrs. Blum who takes her to the festival of St. Francis Day where people from all over the city bring their pets to the cathedral to be blessed. 15,000 first printing. description: Product Description:
Ria hates New York. She misses her friends, and the warm Puerto Rican sun; most of all she misses the animals she left behind. Then, one day, Ria's neighbor Mrs. Blum takes her on a surprise trip: to a big cathedral-it's the festival of St. Francis Day, when everyone brings their pets to be blessed! At first, Ria is disappointed. She doesn't have a pet of her own for blessing. But a mishap with a mischievous duck leads to Ria being asked to join the magnificent Procession of Animals, right into the church! With Groucho the duck in her arms as she dances with elephants and turtles, snakes and dogs, Ria begins to realize that she's not so far from home after all.

This story of a special New York tradition has universal appeal for animal lovers of all ages, everywhere.

Illustrated by Loren Long.

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9780399236303 | details & prices | 48 pages | 7.75 × 11.50 × 0.50 in. | Rec. grade levels 1-2 | 0.90 lbs | List price $16.99
About: A young girl who misses her former home and her animal friends left behind in Puerto Rico makes new friends at the blessing of the animals at a cathedral in New York City on the Feast of St.

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