BRAVE LITTLE RACCOON by Erica Wolf

BRAVE LITTLE RACCOON

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Age Range: 2 - 5
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Wolf’s pretty acrylics light Little Raccoon’s accidental night in the woods alone. Little Raccoon’s mother tells her explicitly that she’s too young to be out in the dark by herself, but she follows a breeze-blown yellow leaf “past the meadow . . . and through the forest . . . until it landed softly in a stream” and finds herself too far away from her den to get home before daylight fades. Richly colored paintings show the stream flowing down between rocks and the forest floor acquiring long shadows. Little Raccoon is brave despite the nighttime sounds all around. Poking her head into dark places, she encounters a bullfrog, some opossums and an owl. But what’s the rustling noise behind her that she can’t outrun? Her mother, of course. It’s vaguely unclear why her mother couldn’t catch up to her sooner, but all ends safely. Tries to be an obedience tale but functions better as a well-painted homage to childhood bravery in the big natural world. (Picture book. 2-5)

Pub Date: April 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-8050-7408-2
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Henry Holt
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 2005