THE DANGEROUS YEAR by Era Zistel

THE DANGEROUS YEAR

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The year is dangerous because four baby skunks lose their mother to a passing car, and so must learn about life in the woods on their own. A convenient man helps by providing food when first drought and then flood destroy their sources, but one skunk is seized by an owl and another disappears, unable to extract his nose from a tin can. The man favors ""the white one,"" considers her ""the prettiest and also the smartest,"" ""the boss of the litter,"" and the narrator also notes she is ""more canny"" than her black brothers and sister, which is an unfortunate use of language as well as an unimaginative distinction. Not exactly heaven-scent but an adequate, if unexciting, introduction to skunk habits and capacities.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1967
Publisher: Random House