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Raccoon's Last Race Hardcover – October 7, 2004


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Trying to be good is often defeated by curiosity. Just ask George. Kids ages 3 - 5 love the original classic Curious George as well as all the subsequent tales of monkeyshines.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dial (October 7, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803729774
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803729773
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 0.4 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #379,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kindergarten-Grade 4–A solid retelling of an Abenaki legend. Long ago, Azban the Raccoon was a gifted athlete, but years of terrible sportsmanship have left him almost completely friendless. Having run out of animals to annoy, he finally challenges a large boulder situated atop a hill to a race. To his surprise, the boulder overtakes and flattens him, leaving Azban to beg unsuccessfully for help. After a colony of ants–one of the few creatures whom he had not yet offended–works together to restore some movement to his limbs, Azban impatiently brushes them off and trots away before they can finish the job. Noticing too late that he is still misshapen, and with no one left to take pity on him, he has had to live with his lumbering build ever since. The text reads aloud smoothly and keeps the action moving quickly. Done in pen-and-ink, gouache, and pastel, the illustrations accentuate the humor of the tale. The boldly colored animals are set against softer backgrounds, and occasional close-ups add variety to the scenes. An authors' note provides some background for the story. A strong addition to picture-book collections.–Catherine Threadgill, Charleston County Public Library, SC
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“Lively, clever, and authentic.”—Kirkus

“The text reads aloud smoothly and keeps the action moving quickly. A strong addition to picture-book collections.”—School Library Journal

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This is a REALLY cute book! My kids like it so much that this book is on our most popular bedtime stories. For that reason, I took it in to read to my son's first grade class (as well as another class) ... so, well over 40 kids ... and it was a HIT! It kept ALL of the kids' attention. (No small feat!) Azban the raccoon liked to taunt the other animals into racing him because he had long legs and could ALWAYS win. He showed very poor sportmanship at each of his "wins." Soon, he had no friends that wanted to race him ... that is, until he found a huge boulder rock on the mountain top. I'll let you read the rest. :) It is a really cute story and GREAT for reading aloud to a group of kids.
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This is a REALLY cute book! My kids like it so much that this book is one of our most popular bedtime stories. For that reason, I took it in to read to my son's first grade class (as well as another class) ... so, well over 40 kids ... and it was a HIT! It kept ALL of the kids' attention. (No small feat!) Azban the raccoon liked to taunt the other animals into racing him because he had long legs and could ALWAYS win. He showed very poor sportmanship at each of his "wins." Soon, he had no friends that wanted to race him ... that is, until he found a huge boulder rock on the mountain top. I'll let you read the rest. :) It is a really cute story and GREAT for reading aloud to a group of kids.
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By Susan L on July 5, 2014
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What person doesn't need to see the down-side of someone who brags regularly?
Fun, amusing, and beautifully illustrated book for young and old!
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More About the Author

Joseph Bruchac is a highly acclaimed Abenaki children's book author, poet, novelist and storyteller, as well as a scholar of Native American culture. Coauthor with Michael Caduto of the bestselling Keepers of the Earth series, Bruchac's poems, articles and stories have appeared in over 500 publications, from Akwesasne Notes and American Poetry Review to National Geographic and Parabola. He has authored more than 50 books for adults and children. For more information about Joseph, please visit his website www.josephbruchac.com.

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