THE CURIOUS RACCOONS by Lilo Hess

THE CURIOUS RACCOONS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

These photos are not so striking as those in The Remarkable Chameleon (p. 514, J-190) but they are nevertheless quite fine and fitting for the text. This follows a female as she pokes into everything--garbage cans in raccoon-displacing housing developments, corn fields, empty barrels--through winter's halfsleep (referring to midway mating) into spring. Then the female and her three babies continue naturally and the photographer captures their movements as the text records and adds related information in a friendly and precise prose. Miss Hess debunks the foodwashing myth (they dunk when the water's there but don't search it out) and points up the keen sensory apparatus. No imputed thoughts, no cute names--just the right tone and manner. As informative, better as narrative than Eberle's The Raccoon's Young Ones, and more concise.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1968
Publisher: Scribners