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Rascal

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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Avon Books; Later Printing edition (1966)
  • ASIN: B0027VA366
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,833,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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Rascal is a very good book written by Sterling North, which is about his life when he was eleven and twelve and his time with his pet raccoon named Rascal. The story is entertaining and heart-warming for all ages, especially for fifth to eighth graders. I especially enjoyed that the story was based on the author's encounters and memories of his pet raccoon, Rascal. Rascal has humor and a serious and sad ending. The book is worth reading because of the humor and the interesting life experiences. For example, I laughed when Rascal helps Sterling with a pie eating contest. I was sad when Sterling lets Rascal go free in the woods. This was the right thing to do because Rascal was really a wild animal, not a pet.

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.
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