Raccoon's Last Race
Publication Date: October 7, 2004
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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
Joseph Bruchac and James Bruchac are a father-son storytelling pair. They share a deep commitment to the preservation of the Abenaki Indian culture and traditions, which is part of their heritage. Joseph is the award-winning author of more than 120 books for children and adults. James is not only an author, but also a wilderness survival expert. They both live in Greenfield Center, New York.
Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey have illustrated more than seventy books for children, including several ALA Notable Books, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honoree, and two Reading Rainbow featured selections.
“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