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In 1918 Wisconsin, 11-year-old Sterling North has an almost perfect life. He keeps skunks in the backyard, goes everywhere with his enormous Saint Bernard, and is building a canoe in the living room. The only trouble is life gets a little lonely for him and his father since his mother died. While scouting around the woods one afternoon, he discovers an abandoned, month-old raccoon. Afraid the kit will die on its own, he takes it home to join his menagerie. Soon Sterling and the mischievous raccoon Rascal are sharing one adventure after another, swimming, fishing, and camping. Theirs is an unforgettable friendship - until everything suddenly changes one warm spring day.

In this heart-warming classic story, the author shares his irresistible childhood during a simpler time and introduces youngsters to his real-life pals. Sterling and the playful Rascal spring vividly from the pages with narrator Ed Sala's sense of fun and drama.

©1991 David S. North and Arielle Olsen North (P)1998 Recorded Books, LLC

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  • Tad
  • Portland, OR, USA
  • 02-13-10

Very Enjoyable

Sterling North was born around the same year as my grandmother, 1906. She was one of eight children and two of her brothers fought in WWI "The War to End all Wars" in the Navy on the same ship. I have always been interested in what it might have been like during the time she grew up as a child. This doesn't get close to her life except in that Sterling had a brother fighting in Europe and that he also got sick with the Spanish Flu. I remember my grandmother saying that her family was spread out around the world during the Spanish Flu pandemic and that they were lucky that not one of them died from it. Both things I remember my grandmother talking about. This story read by Ed Sala is one of the best audio books I've listened to. My twin boys listened to it when they were about five and really enjoyed it.

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What a childhood!

My 6 year old son and 7 year old daughter were delighted by the author's stories of his childhood, with his many pets and escapades. If the truth be told, my husband and I were entranced as well.

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A family favorite

Our whole family loves this story. It is both a coming of age story and captures a lost moment in time.

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Remembering what I loved as a child.

My mother reminded me that this is one my favorite books when I was a kid.

All though I wasn’t huge fan of the reader of this book at first I did not take me long to get drawn in the story again. If you are looking for something to make you long for the freedom of youth look no further.

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Well read. Excellent writing as well.

My 6 and 8 loved this book. So did I. A wonderful study of nature and the appreciation of animals.

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Organization of the chapters is a downfall

The story is very good, the narrator very good, but there should be more division between the tracks to make it easier to find your spot if you get lost.

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wilderness tale

loved every minute. delightful story of boyhood adventure. Vivid picture of life with a young raccoon.

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Fun book for all ages!

Just finished this lovely book, loved the narrator! Can't wait to share this book with my grandchildren! I laughed out loud at many of his sayings:))