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Rascal (Puffin Modern Classics) Paperback – September 23, 2004


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: Puffin Modern Classics
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (September 23, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142402524
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142402528
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 5.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,888 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 2-6-At 11 years of age, Sterling North found himself the caretaker of a baby raccoon. His long-enjoyed Newbery Honor book (Dutton, 1963) provides the details of a year in the life of a boy and a raccoon. Set in 1918, Sterling's father is often absent and perpetually involved in research for a novel about Fox and Winnebago Indians. Sterling's mother is deceased, and he is often left to his own devices. Rascal therefore enjoys such comforts as sleeping in Sterling's bed and attending the county fair. As Rascal ages, Sterling is aware that the raccoon is having normal springtime urges and is not happy residing in the pen Sterling was forced to construct. Storyteller Jim Weiss narrates at a leisurely pace without sound effects or musical accompaniment. His very slightly stilted inflection delivers the story as a reminiscence rather than events related by a young boy. The audio rendering of this beloved animal story will please the tale's admirers and win fans new to the timeless adventure.
Fritz Mitnick, Shaler North Hills Library, Glenshaw, PA
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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Everyone should knock off work, sit beneath the nearest tree, and enjoy Rascal from cover to cover. (The Chicago Tribune)


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I laughed, cried, and enjoyed every minute of reading it.
Love to read
The story relates Sterling's adventures with his pet raccoon, Rascal.
M. J. Paries
I totally recommend this book for anyone's enjoyment of reading.
"timwaters"

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Andrew W. Johns VINE VOICE on August 26, 2005
Format: Paperback
Sterling North takes us on a nostalgic trip back to his childhood and provides an enchanting story of a pre-adolescent boy and his year-long adventure raising an orphaned racoon. Set against the backdrop of the first World War, we get a glimpse of childhood almost a hundred years ago, when the automobile was still a new fangled contraption, and the wilderness was much closer. While many aspects of this story would be highly unlikely in today's world, they seem perfectly natural here, and we follow along as Sterling fends for himself and learns some valuable lessons about life. Filled with charming humor and a cast of memorable characters, both human and animal, this is a story that you will fondly remember for a long time.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 11, 2001
Format: Paperback
Sterling North vividly depicts the adventures, both physically and emotionally, of a boy named Sterling and his pet raccoon. This is a perfectly written book, containing many themes that you can relate to. Read through this book and you will be able to imagine his house perfectly. A menagerie of dogs, crows, skunks, and of course Rascal. The living room with the unfinished canoe and the chicken wired Christmas tree.
Having lost his mother at the age of seven, Sterling is a very independent boy who one day finds a baby raccoon, and decides to call him Rascal. As they both grow, their bond becomes strong along with their numerous activities and adventures. No one couldn’t help but laughing when Rascal, who always washes his food before eating, discovers the sugar cubes. He tries to clean them but they just dissolve!
In this unforgettable book, Sterling North manages to capture you and take you to a timeless place of life. Rascal is an easy, although deep book, and I strongly recommend it to everyone.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 9, 1999
Format: Paperback
I first read Rascal when I was a young boy (I'm 43 now). I re-read it just a few months ago and once again I was taken back to my youth. I was raised in a small country town (pop 600) in the mid-west (Michigan) and this book always brings back those carefree days of wandering through the woods. When I read this book I am once again young and at home. I feel truely sorry for anyone not touched by this book. They must have missed something very precious in their life.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Fiore on December 13, 1999
Format: Paperback
I first read the story of Rascal as a child, and was fascinated with the thought of a raccoon as a pet. The adventures of Sterling and his unusual pet were absolutely captivating, and that is all that I remembered of the book.
I recently read this book again to my daughter, piece by piece, at bedtime. The tale of Rascal captured me again, but so much more became evident! As an adult, I am struck by the beauty of the land North describes, and fascinated by the historical and naturalistic detail in his narrative.
North's language is natural and readable, though not overly simple. It is as though the reader sits at the foot of a rocking chair as an aged, eminent natural philosopher tells the story of his boyhood. The words flow over and around the reader, and refresh our sense of wonder at the beauty of our natural world.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Doug Briggs on December 26, 1999
Format: Paperback
It could have been anyone, the person who found Rascal. But it was our good fortune that it was Sterling North, a writer-to-be who could give us all the wonderful details of Rascal's magnetic personality. The insight into North's childhood was a delight -- his father's instinctive (or was it neglectful?) way of giving the boy responsibilities. The canoe in the living room, kept there unfinished due to the expenses of reining in the pesky little critter. I sensed the coming of a dark ending. But, no, it was simply perfect. I can't imagine a reader not loving this book.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By groomRN VINE VOICE on April 3, 2006
Format: Paperback
Sterling NOrth has written a wonderful, touching, memorable book based on his childhood, and a raccoon named Rascal. It is beautifully written, and is suitable for adults as well as children. He describes each aspect of his childhood so well that you almost feel you are there.

If you are an adult who has never read this book, I hope you will not miss the opportunity. If you have a child, don't let him or her miss this wonderful classic.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Plume45 on February 7, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This Newbery honor book is a gentle charmer for children of all ages, especially those who love the woods or have ever tried to tame a wild animal. Recounted in the first person by the one who lived these events in a more naive era, RASCAL is the story of an 11-year-old boy who raises an orphaned baby raccoon. Set during American's involvement in the Great War, the book includes many historical aspects of that special era. It reminds us how war in distant Europe touched even heartland America, makling it an excellent book to include in a Unit on WW2.
Young Sterling is a resourceful boy whose father permits him an incredible amount of freedom--trusting him with a menagerie of semi-tamed animals--even leaving him on his own for days at a time. We are endeared to this unlikely duo by the love, concern and creativity which the boy displays during their year of special friendship. His pet easily learns to bridge the two-footed and four-pawed worlds; we chuckle and fret, delight and worry as the raccoon gets older and into more serious mischief. Rascal seems to bring out either the best or the worst of human nature! It is amazing how much both boy and raccoon mature in just one year. A truly delightful little gem!
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