- 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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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 used this for a class read aloud. My class loved it!!! They are 4th graders, but really enjoyed the story line and the peek into an historical period that was previously... Read morePublished 19 days ago by lls
I read this book to my son at least 5 times, and enjoyed it as much as he did every time. This copy went to my 7-year-old granddaughter who loves all things animal, with hope that... Read morePublished 23 days ago by J. Williams
My husband read this book as a child so I purchased it for him as a surprise. He was very happy to read it again.Published 1 month ago by Middle-Aged but Young-Minded
Youngest son read twice. Was emotional reading the end but he recommends.Published 1 month ago by lbskis
An old fashioned story about a different time. Idyllic during much of it, but realism pokes it's head inPublished 2 months ago by June
This book changed my life. It is truly a story for all ages and for all time. Sterling North clearly describes the Wisconsin that few of us have been lucky enough to experience. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Laurel J. Shelhamer
I still remember my mother reading this to my brothers and I when were were children. This was my favorite book for many years.Published 6 months ago by D. Sieh