RACCOONS, COATIMUNDIS, AND THEIR FAMILY by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent

RACCOONS, COATIMUNDIS, AND THEIR FAMILY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The family name is Perocyonid and Patent discusses each member in turn, ending with the panda which may or may not be a relative, as she explains in some detail. Each species, says Patent, has its own character, and her terms for them reflect a more personal and informal approach than she usually takes to her animal subjects. Thus we have the ""inquisitive"" raccoon, the ""sociable"" (also ""charming"") coati, the ""agile"" ringtail, and the ""appealing"" and ""shy"" kinkajou--and, unlike Patent's previous books, this contains several anecdotes about her own and other people's first-hand experience with the animals, not as subjects of scientific study but as wild visitors and semi-pets. Nevertheless she warns against trying to make pets of raccoons and their relatives, and her chapter explaining why this is a bad idea is sensible, informative, and as conscientiously accurate as ever.

Pub Date: Sept. 15th, 1979
Publisher: Holiday House