Save That Raccoon!

Save That Raccoon!

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  • Hardback | 48 pages
  • 150 x 230mm
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt P
  • New York, United Kingdom
  • 20col.ill.
  • 0152702415
  • 9780152702410

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This begins in the wild with Raccoon sniffing strange smells and watching other animals rush past; later, feeling heat, he too flees, and ends up in a residential area where he fights off a dog in a garage, eats goldfish, bluejay eggs, and rosebuds, and gets into a house where he pulls clothing ("long soft things") from a closet rack and turns on a water faucet ("two bright things"). At last Raccoon is trapped, taken away in a helicopter, and released in a more congenial, natural environment. Evidently even the publishers feared that the unaccented narrative might not stand alone, for they preface it with what amounts to a self-styled review: ". . . Told without sentimentality from Raccoon's viewpoint, this story depicts the animal's inventiveness in dealing with a variety of new and threatening situations and emphasizes the humane efforts of his rescuers." Perhaps then - being neither a story with plot and tension nor a true representation of a displaced animal's typical fate - it could serve as a supplement to conservation studies. (Kirkus Reviews)
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