Raccoon's Last Race

A Traditional Abenaki Story

By Bruchac, Joseph & Bruchac, James

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

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ISBN
978-0-80372-977-3
Publisher
Dial


REVIEWS

School Library Journal

Reviewed on December 1, 2004

K-Gr 4 A solid retelling of an Abenaki legend. Long ago, Azban the Raccoon was a gifted athlete, but years of terrible sportsmanship have left him almost completely friendless. Having run out of animals to annoy, he finally challenges a large boulder situated atop a hill to a race. To his surprise, the boulder overtakes and flattens him, leaving Azban to beg unsuccessfully for help. After a colony of ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on January 1, 2005

In this pourquoi tale, Azban the Raccoon doesn't "look the way he does today." With his long legs and strong, sleek frame, Azban may be speedy, but he's not popular. He wins every race against the other animals, and he teases them: "Look at you, ho ho ho! / You are very, very slow." But the cocky raccoon clearly needs a lesson in the laws of physics when he challenges an old boulder to a downhill race. Azban is squashed flat ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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