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McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York City, New York, 1970. 92 pp
Illustrations by Richard Cuffari.
  Old Ben  
  Old Ben is the name of a big black bull snake, that Shan finds. In this story Jesse Stuart writes about the tensions in Shan’s family where his father feels that “the only good snake is a dead snake.” Through his gentle ways, Shan befriends the snake and eventually brings about new appreciation by his family for the snake.


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