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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Raccoon on His Own

Raccoon on His Own by Jim Arnosky

Little Raccoon gets separated from his mother and siblings one day while out in the forest. At first he is scared and nervous to be in a boat alone but them he starts to look around and enjoy what he sees and hears. When the boat comes to rest at the shore his mother and brothers and sisters are there to welcome him home.

Simply written and beautifully illustrated and yet I do not like this book. Maybe it is too simple or maybe it is the partial attribution of human characteristics to raccoon but I could not get into this story. I think it would be great as a read aloud at bed or nap time as it has a slow pace and muted colors. The word to picture ratio is great for very young readers/listeners. All of the illustrations accurately convey the animals and plants represented which gives a great teaching opportunity. I wish I could put my finger on what I did not like but I am glad I only had to read this story once. Read aloud for 2-4 years olds.

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