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
|Product dimensions:||10.40(w) x 8.26(h) x 0.42(d)|
|Age Range:||4 Years|
About the Author
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Personal Response: I absolutely loved this book. I'm very familiar with the trickster tales of the American Southwest that primarily feature Coyote, but I loved reading this one about the raccoon. I thought this was very well done, and it has a great message for children and adults alike!Library/Classroom Uses:I will definitely be using this story in my school library. My students LOVE trickster tales, however, most of the ones we are familiar with deal with Coyote. I can't wait to read this book to my students along with other trickster tales. They're going to love this one!
I really like Raccoon's Last Race. I thought it really taught children not to be cocky about their abilites and to also respect and appreciate others. I also thought it sent the message, always keep your promise, to children.
Raccoon had very long legs, and was the fastest animals. He was very mean, and teased the other animals for being slow. One day, he messed with the wrong rock, and was flattened. When the ants helped him regain his shape, his legs were short and his body was stout. As of now, that is why raccoons are short and chubby. This book teaches a great lesson to not be cruel and mean to other people, because you do not know when you will need their help. I would use this book if I was covering a lesson on folklore tales, Indians, or even if a some of my students are being mean to each other in the class. It is important for everyone to be kind to one another, for it is a lesson that will carry you throughout your life.