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Rascal (Puffin Modern Classics) Paperback – September 23, 2004
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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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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.
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.
The diction, tone, sentence variety and points of view in the book help to support the overall story of how Sterling felt about Rascal and how he and Rascal grew during the time they were together. Rascal's style is casual and conversational which makes the story easy to understand and to enjoy. The diction or word choice is not complicated. The most complicated words are words like "scampering" and "extremity." This creates a readable story which can be quickly and easily read and appreciated. The tone, which is the attitude an author conveys in his writing, is happy when North writes about Rascal and his adventures. For example, when Sterling catches a fish he writes, "He (the fish) broke water once, all silver and blue, his great forked tail thrashing. Rascal awoke at this point and trundled over to join in the excitement." Then the tone changes when North sets Rascal free at the end of the book. The author just states the facts, but the reader knows how difficult it was for him to let Rascal go. " Do as you want my little raccoon. It's your life,'' I told him.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this book! This book is emotional and adventurous, and the friendship within the book is strong between Rascal and Sterling. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Kindle Customer
A very nice book, Im old, but I certainly enjoyed it. We had an orphaned raccoon once here, and we fed her until she got old enough to join her extended family. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jane
Great book. I grew up 3 houses from were Sterling North and his pet racoon lived. My mom gew up with Sterling and knew Rascal. Read morePublished 1 month ago by John Wedeward
I read this book when I was. kid. I loved it even more years later.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Loved this book as a child, and now love reading it to my daughter.Published 2 months ago by Lane F.
A book about simpler times. Enjoyed this book. First read it as a 10 year old and again as a 40 something adult.Published 5 months ago by Pen Name
I read this to my 8 and 10 year old sons. We ALL loved it. Very sweet, beautiful language, and a good ending. What more could you ask for?Published 6 months ago by Helene
I liked the setting and the raccoon. The ending was heartbreaking
Overall I loved the book and hope you will too