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Unformatted text preview: fairy tales, biology texts, in which your animal appears. Go look at it if you can, or study its features in a book. You might also trace the etymology of its name to discover new fads and information that might trigger your imagination. For instance, squirrel comes from the Latin skia or shadow. Tortoise comes from the Greek iariarchos, meaning god of the underworld. There are risks to this assignment, and once you have your notes/ drafts in front of you, be careful not to begin with the most obvious details. And be careful not to sentimentalize, to usurp the animal you have chosen by turning it into a flaccid symbol for 97...
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