After accidentally falling into a canoe that sets sail, a baby raccoon goes on his first solo adventure away from his mother and siblings where he curiously explores the world around him until he realizes that it's time to make a plan to get back to his family.
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Self-taught artist and naturalist Jim Arnosky has written and illustrated over 90 nature books for children, as well as illustrated over 50 books by other authors. Kirkus Reviews has called his work “first-rate natural history for the youngest.” Jim divides his time between Vermont and the Florida Keys. Visit Jim at jimarnosky.com.From School Library Journal:
PreS-Gr 2-Without anthropomorphizing his animal characters, Arnosky has created an information-packed story with enormous appeal for young children. Through the simple narrative, children follow an adventure of a baby raccoon that crawls into a boat that floats away from his mother and her two other offspring as they dig in the mud for food. Sentences are short, descriptive ("Mother found a crunchy crawfish"), and easy to read aloud. Suspense builds gently as baby raccoon avoids snakes, alligators, and the water. Through the illustrations, however, readers are reassured that he will be safe because mother can be seen following the boat. Arnosky's illustrations are bold and large, conveying accurate information about the swamp environment in which the story occurs. The book can serve as a springboard for further research about the animals and plant life of that ecosystem. It's hard to imagine a more ideal book to read to a group or to share with primary-grade children-it offers just the right amount of tension with a reassuring resolution.-Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI
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