Carter Crocker The Tale of the Swamp Rat

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The Tale of the Swamp Rat

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Ossie is the runt of his litter, and so shy that he's never spoken a word! When he's wounded and left orphaned by a snake attack, it looks like the end. But Ossie finds an unexpected friend: Uncle Will, the old gator who is a legend in the swamp. Surprisingly, Will adopts the little rat and takes him all around their world, teaching him the swamp's lore, and introducing him to its colorful residents and its rich stories. But even Will can't do anything about the terrible drought that's drying up the swamp—nor about Bubba, a crabby old stork who decides Ossie is the perfect scapegoat for their troubles. In the end, Ossie has to do what his father always told him he'd have to do: find his own way.

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Carter Crocker lives in Ojai, California.

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Grade 4-8-Crocker has created a realistic fantasy world, set in the swampland of Florida and populated with the animals that reside there. This timeless tale of an unexpected hero is narrated in a traditional folklore style by a mole who tells "every bit, just as it was. The rest I made up, as best I could." Ossie is the runt of his swamp rat litter. When his parents and siblings are devoured by an evil rattlesnake, he escapes, and is surprised to find himself cared for by Uncle Will, a huge and ancient alligator. Will teaches him how to survive and trust himself, even imparting thousands of years' worth of history available only through alligator memory in his dreams. From Will, Ossie learns about the Indians, runaway slaves, and the poachers who have inhabited the area. As the young rat gains self-confidence, he befriends turtles, birds, possums, armadillos, and especially a beautiful young swamp rat, Emma. As the seasons pass, the drought that is overtaking the swamp grows serious, eventually forcing a migration that puts Ossie in a position to save them all. There are memorable characters here-good, evil, and very human-like Preacher, a kind heron, and Bubba, a mean-spirited stork. Simple ink drawings embellish the beginning of each chapter. With Southern flavor, adventure, and environmental drama, Ossie's tale of finding his own way in the world will hit close to home for many.
Susan Oliver, Tampa-Hillsborough Public Library System, FL
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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