Roxy, Rufus, and Renae are three young raccoons who are slowly learning how to live in the world beyond their den. But when humans come to their creek, the world suddenly expands far beyond what they thought was possible — or what their Mama was prepared to teach them. After one of the human children takes one of the kits home, the young raccoons mount a dangerous rescue mission to get their little sister back.
The first in the Living Wild Side by Side series, Raccoon Rescue, an illustrated chapter book designed with a dyslexia-friendly font, shows how human misperceptions of wildlife (and, perhaps, vice versa) can lead to unintended and unfortunate consequences.
D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer with the Midwest Book Review, calls Raccoon Rescue:
a satisfyingly different perspective than kids may be used to… both hilarious and thought-provoking… the perfect next step for nature-loving readers [as a] gentle, fun tale of animals learning to get along.”
John Griffin, Director of Urban Wildlife, The Humane Society of the United States, said:
“I thoroughly enjoyed this exciting, sometimes harrowing story about the individual lives of this family of raccoons. This story entertainingly winds through the lives of young raccoons growing up in a suburban community and in the course of that storytelling reviews and imparts life lessons that are universal to animal and human alike… the reader is carried along to the conclusion and a reuniting that portrays the strength and courage of a mother’s love.”
The Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals in Vancouver, BC, noted:
“…starts as an adorable story and ends as an adorable story, but what plays out in between is not only thrilling, but makes it impossible to not exercise critical thinking skills and experience empathy and compassion…. Raccoon Rescue is a heart-warming, thrilling, intellectually challenging book that should be in the hands of every humane educator, and the shelves of every school library.”
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Appropriate for children ages 7 to 9, Raccoon Rescue comes with a set of curriculum enhancements, including discussion questions and a glossary quiz, and extension activities that teachers or homeschoolers can implement as part of their literature, science, and/or social studies curricula. The activities adhere to US Common Core standards for Grades 2 and 3.
Raccoons are among the most adaptable species, but also among the least understood. Seeing people disgusted by “disease-carrying” animals — at the same time that professional rehabilitators treat them for distemper, worms, and even (via vaccination) rabies — drove me to write Raccoon Rescue from the point of view of animals who are as uncertain about humans as we can be about them, hopefully to make us think about how we see them, and the small steps we can all take to correct them towards humane, peaceful coexistence with our wild neighbors.