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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 large and unwieldy menagerie He already had pet skunks woodchucks 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 ardens He loves to catch crayfish ride on the merry Caught on Camera with the CEO go 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 so 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 the future I read this as a kid didn t really appreciate it 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 it now in age of child repression helicopter parents restrictive laws is both a treat terribly sad My Wyoming Strong (Wyoming Men, grandson will never know the freedom that we hadThe year this was published was about the first time my cousins I wereetting 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 Arabian Nights great My uncle raised several at about a year old he always turned them loose as theyot pretty mean They were never as nice as Rascal but pretty close We never Enchanting Baby (The Birth Place gave them the amount of attention heot 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 some reat 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 One pleasant afternoon in 1918 eleven year old Sterling North along with his Saint Bernard Wowser and friend Oscar Sunderland were in Wentworth s his Saint Bernard Wowser and friend Oscar Sunderland were in Wentworth s There in the hollow base of a rotten stump hid 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 day 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 Wisconsin from May 1918 to April 1919 It would be a time marked with his brother Herschel serving in World War I Armistice Day and the Spanish influenza which. 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. ,

Rascal A Memoir of a Better EraIs four and not yet five stars is that I Personally And Definitely Am A Trifle Uncomfortable With How Sterling and definitely am a trifle uncomfortable with how Sterling obtains Rascal as a pet in the first place since I really do have my issues with the fact that Sterling and Oscar deliberately dig into a raccoon den and basically steal a young and helpless Rascal from his mother 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 population full of hope even the Great War can ive usEight year old Always You girl 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 aood way What sweet sorrow when this tale ended I loved spending time with a boy and his raccoon in bygone days 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 oes 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 favorite five pages inThe only thing that 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 they ot 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 I came across this 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 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 there s his passion for observing the world around him My favourite image was that of the osprey On top of all that come two bonus points 1 The lovely raccoon art in the book inspiring you to create your own2 Sterling s love for poetry Nothing is better to teach a young kid how to love poetry than to show him another young kid doing just that I will probably read this a lot of time maybe for the descriptions of the landscape and animals alone In any case Wisconsin could not ask for a better advertisement and I d love to visit it nowThus 5 shiny little stars that Rascal can steal if he wants 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 Rasca. 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. ,

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Claimed lives in his beloved Town Of Edgerton Referred To of Edgerton referred to Brailsford Junction in this book than the war North was the youngest of four children His than the war North was the youngest of four children His was a successful landowner and his mother died when North was only seven In Rascal North describes a time when front doors were never locked neighbors looked after one another family and ood health were your most prized possessions and all it took to make young Sterling North the happiest boy in the world were his bike his pet raccoon sitting in the front basket and the wind in your face as you barrel down a hill at top speedSome reviewers of North s biography call it a story about friendship while others say it is a journey dealing with loss I found it to be a love letter written to two mothers Sterling s own beloved mother Sarah and Mother Nature herself North is exactingly detailed when he describes the beauty and splendor of wildlife the complexities of the various plants and the science behind selecting the perfect bait when fishing Younger readers may find these sections a bit tedious as they re probably anxious to read about Rascal than river trout but it is a clear reflection of the awe and respect that North has for the world around him and how these observations directly connect him with a mother that he barely had time to know He sees his mother in every bud and hears her voice with every new discovery Mother Nature is in effect his own mother reaching out and embracing him and these moments are truly heartwarming and comfortingDuring the Christmas of 1918 Sterling s Aunt Lillie asked him what profession he was thinking about pursuing After discounting his desire to become a doctor his aunt suggested that a writer might be a suitable choice as his mother might have wished this vocation for him After Sterling uestioned her about it she explained And then you could put it all downthe way it is nowcase weather the fog the lantern lightand the voices of the men hear them coming in for breakfast You could keep it just like this forever Lucky for us young Sterling listened to his aunt and by doing so allowed readers to keep him Rascal and Brailsford Junction just like this forever as well 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 often 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 euthanised needing to be killed and often uite horribly and 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 with the scenario of Sterling setting his pet raccoon free to live his life and to also find a mate and not with Rascal turning vicious and dangerous and thus having to be killed or that Rascal is shot by hunters And indeed this to and for me truly does make Rascal oh so much readable agreeable and enjoyable than for example a novel such as Wilson Rawls Where the Red Fern Grows where the deaths of the main protagonist s two pet hounds have always been way way too devastating for me and almost deliberately painfully depicted leaving Rascal as a mostly sweetly delightful exotic pet tale with an ending that is of course also a trifle painful as Sterling does have to relinuish his raccoon but ultimately a conclusion both happy and yes also appropriate for Rascal as he would not have been able to remain with Sterling and his family once his sexual urges and instincts had established themselves With much description and a totally realistic and authentic feeling of historical time and place I most definitely have very much enjoyed Sterling North s printed words And yes the only reason why my ranking for Rascal. 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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