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Kawaii Manga gO much depth to enjoy I d forgotten about how his father let him build an 18 foot canoe in the living room Rascal s charming antics aside this is a story of how a motherless boy and his indulgentood natured father made an enviable life for themselves in rural Wisconsin almost 100 years ago despite the uncertainties of war and fears of the Spanish flu epidemic I vow to revisit This Heartwarming Book Often In heartwarming book often in future Have you noticed that books written prior to the 1940 s are all set outside Everyone is outside all the time Laura Ingalls Wilder The Great Brain boys Jack London of course Even Jane Austen thinks it s no big deal to take a casual one mile stroll in a complicated dress that probably weighs about twenty poundsWell the same The House Girl goes here A childhood outside with random animals and a father with a benign neglect type of parenting style What could be better This book was an instant favorite five pages inThe only thing that hampers this book is a PBS special about how this story was made into a cartoon during the 1970s in Japan Raccoons which were not a part of the Japanese landscape were brought in as pets for the kids Then when theyot unruly they let the raccoons o in the wild Now the poor country is completely overrun with the creatures and they are destroying everythingI m sure Sterling North had no idea that would happen But back to the story I love that that Sterling as a boy had so much freedom and independence and the space to roam around and discover life So yes I really do wish that I had encountered Sterling North s autobiographical and 1964 Newbery Honour winning novel Rascal when I was as a twelve year Old Voracious Reader Indeed voracious reader indeed uite majorly despairing that for far too many children s novels featuring pets the endings often than not seemed to conclude with the animals in uestion either dying or needing to be euthanised needing to be killed and often uite horribly and painfully so with of course their enerally child or teenaged erstwhile owners left totally and utterly bereft and traumatised For while at the end of Rascal young Sterling does end up having to release his cherished raccoon back into the wild since Rascal as a sexually mature adult male raccoon is really no longer a suitable pet Rascal most "Happily And Appreciatively Simply Ends "and appreciatively simply ends the scenario of Sterling setting his pet raccoon free to live his life and to also find a mate and not with Rascal turn Just a beautiful and wonderful bookas a classic children s book it s a book that adults can also enjoy This story of a boy in Wisconsin raising a baby raccoon is a memoir and as such transported me to a time and place long one And you will never forget Rascal. Nal splendor as well as a letter from the author's daughter and material from the illustrator's personal collectionEveryone should knock off work sit beneath the nearest tree and enjoy  Rascal from cover to cover Chicago Tribu. I read this as a Kid Didn T Really Appreciate didn t really appreciate since it was pretty much like my own childhood in many ways even though mine took place about 50 years later Reading it now in this age of child repression helicopter parents restrictive laws is both a treat terribly sad My randson will never know the freedom that we hadThe year this was published was about the first time my cousins I were etting dragged home after dangerously riding the tide out of the marshes on Long Island s north shore into the Sound miles away A decade later we built our own kayaks although it was a barn project with fiberglass chicken wire that we bought with money we made doing chores on the surrounding farms in MD Good times I didn t appreciate them enoughThe story of this coon was reat My uncle raised several at about a year old he always turned them loose as they Swing Sideways got pretty mean They were never as nice as Rascal but pretty close We neverave them the amount of attention he The Secret of the Great Pyramid got The void Rascal filled in Sterling s life the final sorrow was very well done I also loved reading about the farm timesIt s set in 1918 has somereat views about WWI in which Sterling s older brother fought This book is probably somewhere between fiction nonfiction so I ve shelved it accordingly There was a Rascal a canvas canoe a lot that was true Some names were changed Sterling s sister doesn t fully agree with his take on the family I m sure much of the story was made up of bits pieces which are true enough too His descriptions of the countryside a boy s rambling through them was just too perfect not to be trueHighly recommended for all ages This "Edition Was Wonderfully Narrated I Came Across "was wonderfully narrated I came across book the other day and had a vague remembrance of reading it as a child I enjoyed re reading this memoir It has something to offer both children and adults Dad and kids both liked this beautiful book Warm rich kind interesting Historical instructive a time traveling machine Kept kids uiet Kept Dad coming back for There were ineuities and wickednesses happening in that America but there were beauties too beauties that only an untamed land with a population full of hope even during the Great War can Dancing with Mr. Darcy give usEight year oldirl It was funny and clever I liked the part where the bully yells that thing about crazy raccoon Five year old boy Oh well I didn t like this part very much but when his owner says he was carefully picking the cans the shining things at the store Ten year old boy I really loved Rascal He was so funny Then I liked how the writer wrote it He wrote in a ood way What sweet sorrow when this tale ended I loved spending time with a boy and his raccoon in bygone days One pleasant afternoon. Nothing's surprising in the North household not even Sterling's new pet raccoon Rascal is only a baby when Sterling brings him home but soon the two are best friends doing everything together until the spring day when everything su. In 1918 eleven year old North along with his Saint Bernard Wowser and friend Oscar Sunderland were in Wentworth woods There in the hollow base of a rotten stump were in Wentworth s woods There in the hollow base of a rotten stump a mother raccoon and her litter of four kits Angered and frightened by Wowser s intrusive digging mother and kits darted to safety but not before Oscar was able to capture one of the kits in his knit cap On that May 15th the kits in his knit cap On that May 15th young Sterling had no idea that this incident would mark the beginning a very unusual and special friendship A friendship filled with irresistibly shiny things strawberry pop sweet corn music crayfish and a no ood rotten bully by the name of Slammy Stillman The next twelve months would be a year that young Sterling would never forget Rascal received a Newbery Honor in 1964 and is Sterling North s memories of rowing up in southern Rascal is an American classic telling the story of how the boy Sterling found a little raccoon in the spring of 1818 and took him on as a pet While it took me a while to et into due to the very old language style and the fact that an adult was writing down memories of his childhood therefore not feeling very much like a child I can see why this is the perfect book for reading in schoolDue to the setting in 1918 and Sterling having a brother fighting in France World War I and its conseuences are described throughout mentioning the loss suffered by the families and also the wartime economy with even eleven year old Sterling planting and selling his own vegetables The main part of this book however are descriptions of the American and especially Wisconsin flora and fauna Sterling knows a lot himself his Dad teaches him a lot and then the Rascal is a perfectly crafted book It s entertaining and simple enough to appeal to youngsters yet has enough complexity and fine prose to enchant adult readers I loved it when I first read it at age eleven and I loved it even this second time through when I m old enough towell old enoughThis is Sterling North s account of 1918 1919 the year he was eleven and added a baby raccoon to his already large and unwieldy menagerie He already had pet skunks woodchucks cats a Saint Bernard dog named Wowser and my favorite Poe the Crow Poe lived in the belfry of the church and called out What fun What fun to people arriving for church services As Sterling s constant companion and everybody s entertainer Rascal is the star of the show He s a show off and a bit of a bandit stealing shiny objects and pilfering sweet corn from neighborhood Punished gardens He loves to catch crayfish ride on the merryo round and snuggle up in bed with his owner When I read this as a kid I was tuned in to all the animals This time I found Ddenly changes Rascal is a heartwarming boyhood memoir that continues to find its way into the hearts of readers fifty years later This special anniversary edition includes the book's classic illustrations restored to their origi.

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