Raccoon's Last Race

Raccoon's Last Race

A Traditional Abenaki Story

Book - 2004
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Penguin Putnam
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’sLon 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

Baker & Taylor
Overly conceited about his great speed, all the animals of the forest were tired with Azban the Raccoon's self-centered way and so, when he was flattened by Big Rock during a big race, he had no friends to help him until the ants came up with an offer that Azban couldn't refuse.

& Taylor

Tells the story of how Raccoon, the fastest animal on earth, loses his speed because he is boastful and breaks his promises.

Publisher: New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, [2004]
Copyright Date: ©2004
ISBN: 9780803729773
Branch Call Number: PIC 398.2 Bruchac 2004
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 21 x 26 cm
Audience: Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.9 0.5 83515


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Jun 18, 2019

Fun child's book filled with life lessons. My daughter (4) laughed at the book and scolded the raccoon when he was being naughty. I love reading about tales told by our original people; this one is funnily told by an Abenaki Indian father/son duo. The illustrations are interesting, not in a bad way. Just interestingly portrayed. Glad we got a chance to read it!

Jan 11, 2014

An interesting native american folktale.


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