Raccoon's Last Race
Raccoon's Last Race
Dial Books, Hardcover, 9780803729773, 32pp.
Publication Date: October 7, 2004
The team behind How Chipmunk Got His Stripes retells an Abenaki fable that warns against arrogance and honors the importance of keeping your promises.
Azban the Raccoon loves to race on his long legs. He is the fastest of all the animals, but he’s also the most conceited, mocking everyone with his speed. When the other animals grow tired of his attitude, Azban chooses Big Rock as his next opponent. Busy taunting instead of running, he trips, and Big Rock flattens him. Only the ants will help stretch him out againas long as he promises to be their friend. But will a trickster like Azban keep his word?
This clever and funny reimagining of a traditional story is for fans of Ed Young’s Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China and David Wiesner’s The Three Pigs.
Lively, clever, and authentic.”Kirkus
The text reads aloud smoothly and keeps the action moving quickly. A strong addition to picture-book collections.”School Library Journal
James Bruchac, son of Joseph Bruchac, is a renowned storyteller, author, and accomplished tracker. He lives in Greenfield Center, New York, and is the Director of the Ndakinna Wilderness Project. He also teaches in numerous schools throughout the Capital region.
Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey have illustrated more than seventy popular children's books together.
Their widely acclaimed Antarctic Antics: A Book of Penguin Poems, written by Judy Sierra, was featured
on National Public Radio, won a gold medal from the National Parenting Publications Awards, and was a
Publishers Weekly, Ingram, Borders, and Amazon.com bestseller. They are the illustrators of the Robert Kraus
classics Leo the Late Bloomer and Herman the Helper, which received a Boston Globe-Horn Book- Honor.
Mr. Aruego and Ms. Dewey both live in New York City.
“Lively, clever, and authentic.”—Kirkus
“The text reads aloud smoothly and keeps the action moving quickly. A strong addition to picture-book collections.”—School Library Journal