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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.
Everyone should knock off work, sit beneath the nearest tree, and enjoy Rascal from cover to cover. (The Chicago Tribune)See all Editorial Reviews
A book about simpler times. Enjoyed this book. First read it as a 10 year old and again as a 40 something adult.Published 12 days 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 1 month ago by Helene
I remember really enjoying this book when I first read it many years ago, and now I finally had the opportunity to read it to my boys. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Emma
I liked the setting and the raccoon. The ending was heartbreaking
Overall I loved the book and hope you will too
I read this book to my children when they were younger, they read in later in elementary school, and I was delighted to see one of my daughters reading it again this weekend! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mother of 9
A classic wildlife/pet story. Read and enjoyed it as a child and am reading it again as an adult. Terrific story for any animal lover.Published 3 months ago by Jamie R
I read this book out loud to my 8 & 11 yr old boys. We all loved it! Truly as much fun for me as for them. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Tanya Hughes
Written with such emotion and beauty! A gift to those of us who experienced nature and to those who did not.Published 4 months ago by Claire James