The sort of freedom to roam and experience nature expressed by these two authors seems the perfect childhood for a young boy. The little raccoon, Rascal, will steal your heart. This is a book to be savored by readers of any age. Toward the end of the book, Sterling's beloved Aunt Lillie discusses with him what he might want to be when he grows up.
He muses that he may want to be a doctor, but she tells him he is too sensitive for such work and that his mother would have wanted him to be a writer. You could keep it just like this forever. Is this not the beauty of reading: to live for awhile in another person's thoughts, no matter how far removed in space or time? Apr 04, Jasey rated it it was amazing. Can I just say that I love raccoons?!!! They're right up there in my favorite animals list next to ferrets! There are a lot of cute stories about Rascal that reeaaally make me want catch a raccoon and keep it as a pet even though my mom's family tried several times years and years ago.
Apparently it didn't work out very well. Anyways, this book is adorable, and the ending made me want to cry. There's one story where Rascal goes up to the sugar cube bowl, takes a sugar cube, goes straight to a bo Can I just say that I love raccoons?!!! There's one story where Rascal goes up to the sugar cube bowl, takes a sugar cube, goes straight to a bowl of water, and starts trying to wash it! Of course, he is rather confused when he stops washing and he isn't holding the sugar cube, but it ends happily and he learns not to wash his sugar before eating it!
Feb 15, Stacy rated it it was amazing. We loved this book! It is a wonderful book for kids and families! We all want a pet raccoon now! View 1 comment. Sep 19, Auni rated it it was amazing.
I wanted to revisit this novel to immerse myself into Sterling North's writing style and find a deeper meaning in a book I had deemed as one of my favorites back in elementary school. My appreciation for the classic grew even greater since I was able to understand the historical context and setting of the story much more clearly than before. The author describes his relationship with his pet raccoon, Rascal, during his transition towards adolescence, with the backdrop of World War I and the pass I wanted to revisit this novel to immerse myself into Sterling North's writing style and find a deeper meaning in a book I had deemed as one of my favorites back in elementary school.
The author describes his relationship with his pet raccoon, Rascal, during his transition towards adolescence, with the backdrop of World War I and the passing away of his mother reflecting much deeper themes than those which I had originally perceived. Overall, this story of friendship and maturation of a young boy is a poignant reminder of simpler times, but also serves as a tale of compassion. Rereading this novel leaves no doubt in my mind that this piece of literature was worthy of a Newbery Honor Award, and I highly recommend this book to any enthusiast of coming-of-age tales.
It gives me great pleasure to rate this novel a 5 star book. Aug 20, Dan rated it it was amazing. This one's for you Seethens. Dec 03, Anna Lee rated it really liked it.
I read this a while ago, it is a cute story. Feb 26, Halle rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Everyone. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
This book was quite an adventure. I read the back and it talked about how things must change which was referencing to freeing Rascal but I really didn't think Sterling would. It was the last two pages that you he freed Rascal. It was a really sad ending but it was an incredible book. I love how you learn a lot about raccoons along the book too. I really hate how people kept making comments about killing the raccoon which made me mad.
I also hated how the skunks had to be release all because of a gosh darn wild dog. I really wish that the ending didn't end like that but I understood why it did. The authors name is Sterling North and he used the same names and everything. It was a really good book and I thought it was cool how he got the idea from his mom because his Aunt Lillie told him that she thought he would grow up a writer. I thought that really brought the book together and it was kind of heartwarming.
The reason he wrote Rascal, was because of his mom that passed away when she was 47 thought he would be a writer. I really dislike the housekeeper, Mrs. Quinn, because she wasn't very tolerant of the animals and let none of them in the house. It was really special that he finished the canoe and that he took Rascal the forest in. I also liked that he dad was very understanding and Sterling didn't even tell him what he was doing, and he knew what Sterling was doing.
This book was kind of a sweet but bitter. I loved the book too much to hate it from the ending. Usually if the book I have has a bad ending I end up hating the book, but this book was such a great story I just can't hate it. That tells how good of a book this is. The ending was kind of a more understanding ending but it was still really sad more than bad. Anyways I loved this book and learned a lot from it.
Jun 01, Mark Mortensen rated it it was amazing Shelves: wwi , youth , nature , memoir. This book has been on my bookshelf since my youth when my older cousin handed the book down to me. In my early teenage years I did not read much in part because I could not find the right connections to interesting books. When I finally decided to read this book little did I know that it fit into my core interests b This book has been on my bookshelf since my youth when my older cousin handed the book down to me.
When I finally decided to read this book little did I know that it fit into my core interests being; a memoir, the WWI era and full of nature. A few less loveable characters have been rechristened. Jul 29, momma. Nice story of a boy and his pet raccoon. The setting was superb and I enjoyed that the majority of the book was outside.
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I found it interesting that the author used the book to introduce evolution to the reader, and to idealize it, all while participating in religious norms of the time. I would enjoy discussing that with the author. Apr 11, Sara Snarr rated it it was amazing. This is a darling, engaging, incredibly well written story of a boy and his pet raccoon during the years of WWI. North writes about a boy's daily life with descriptive thought-provoking prose. Meanwhile, he's really writing about loss, conflict, loyalty, and growing up.
It's a beautifully crafted book. Jan 09, Carlye rated it liked it. I had to read this for lit circles. Two things: 1 Below my reading level 2 Exceeded my expectations. This is one of my all-time favorite books - gentle, bittersweet, nostalgic, simply wonderful! Jun 15, Brendan Davis rated it it was amazing. What a classic! No wonder there were numerous book awards cited to Sterling North. A nostalgic story of a boy and his raccoon during the WW1 era american rural era.
Somehow missed this but if you enjoy Huck Finn or To Kill a Mockingbird missing both their social commentary, however.
Recommend picking this book up for a fresh read for the summer! Apr 27, Saul rated it it was amazing Shelves: for-people-young-at-heart. One of my childhood favorites-- for its portrayal of children's freedom, adventures outdoors, and of course for the pet raccoon. Mar 06, Christy rated it it was amazing Shelves: read-to-asher.
He says it's his favorite book we've ever read to him. Of course, he's a huge animal lover so that plays a part in his book favorites. Aug 30, Julia rated it it was amazing Shelves: z-format-book , must-reads-children , ya-juvenile. This is a beautifully poignant book that tells the story of a very special year in the life of the author when he was young. Of how with no mother and a family that was there but not there how he found something to keep him moving forth.
And yet at the same time as we all learn while growing up sometimes it is those that we love that we have to make the hardest decisions for that will ultimately affect us in the end. The author does a beautiful job in explaining his world to the reader so much This is a beautifully poignant book that tells the story of a very special year in the life of the author when he was young.
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The author does a beautiful job in explaining his world to the reader so much that his aunt was right. He catches the moment just as he had seen it - the bright colors, the wonders of the world around him, the emotions that ran wild, the challenges, the pain and the love. He brings you so much into the world that there is no room for imagination since you right there with him - face into the wind, banded tail flowing out behind you.
What else makes this book so sweetly sad is the fact that even though we hear about what it took to raise Rascal it is also about a tender moment in the history of the United States. You see a country that is on the edge of moving forward and yet of being blissfully stuck in time - a world that is right the way it but still facing the destructive change of its innocence. This is so truthfully given with the mentions of progress and the places the author casually mentions as no longer existing as well as the joy of shooting passenger pigeons by the bushel although there are no more around.
If you want a book that will take you back, a book that will have you sighing and remembering back when you were young truly if you are of the older generations this is it. Rascal will enter your life as he did Sterling and once he does he won't ever release your heart again. Apr 01, Jerrit rated it it was amazing. Sterling lives on a farm in Wisconsin with his widowed father and their extended family of pets such as Poe the Crow. The story starts out when Sterling and his best friend, a German immigrant, Oscar Sunderland are hunting for a raccoon and come across the den filled with five tiny babies.
Sterling decides to take one home and raise it himself like he did with so many of the other animals at his home. After Sterling has raised the raccoon, which he named Rascal, his father takes the two of them to a lake a few miles from their home for a day trip. While there, Rascal learns how to climb, fish, and clean its prey. When they get back from the camping trip, Rascal and Sterling go to the town fair and join a pie eating contest and won but they were disqualified for having assistance but Oscar won instead.
At the end of the story, Sterling, his Dad, and Rascal go on another camping trip and meet a man who has a summer cabin in the north woods. When they first find him, he is fly-fishing and brings in a huge trout. After that talk for a while, the man gives them permission to use his cabin whenever they want to. This book is definitely a five star book because I like books that have outdoors content like fishing and hunting. If I was going to recommend this book to any group of people, it would be the people who like a good story about a classic man-animal friendship with outdoors content.
Nov 02, Cliff Bathke rated it it was amazing Shelves: book-summaries. This story follows the life of a raccoon who was caught as a baby. He becomes the pet of a boy who is having some troubles in his life. The boy's Sterling brother is off fighting in WWI and has not sent word to his family in some time. Rascal becomes a good distraction for Sterling.
There are some lighter moments in the book that help keep the readers attention. Rascal blends into a rug and scares Sterlings sister as well as helping Sterling to win a pie eating contest, only to be disqualif 1. Rascal blends into a rug and scares Sterlings sister as well as helping Sterling to win a pie eating contest, only to be disqualified. As Rascal grows he becomes more curious and harasses the neighbors chickens and crops. Sterling must choose what to do with his pet. This is a wonderful story that with sad but happy ending.
This book would be good for grades 3. This book could be used during a history or biology lesson. Any student who likes nature or animals would benefit from this book it would give them a good idea about why wild animals should not be pets. Small groups could share this book and connect real life experiences with wildlife they may have. As a class the teacher could assign a project on picking an animal to find more information on.
There are a number of animal books that are similar to this one. I could not find any media having to do with the book but plenty of information is out there on Raccoons. Oct 05, Mitchell added it. Rascal I had my old dog Teddy for 6 years; he came across the county with me, California to Massachusetts to Rhode Island. I happened to be 10 or 11 years old when I had to let him go. After all those fun times with a great dog I just had to leave him.
I had to move were there were no pets allowed. We gave him to my Papa but he already had 2 dogs so it was hard on him. They lived on the same road; we know them very well, for Rascal I had my old dog Teddy for 6 years; he came across the county with me, California to Massachusetts to Rhode Island. They lived on the same road; we know them very well, for at least 8 years. Just like me, Sterling in the book Rascal had to split from his pet raccoon Rascal.
Even though you might love something you have to let it go. The main character Sterling and his raccoon have trouble getting along when they do things together. Sterling is attempting to get things done without much help at all. He has accomplishment on doing many things. He has to do every thing alone. An example is Sterling trying to build a canoe for 3 years. Sterling has many goals but they are not the easy ones.
If you are a reader that likes sad or adventures books this will be a good choice. Apr 29, Clay rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: everyone. Shelves: middle-school-or-young-adult , all-ages. This Newbery honor classic was my husband's favorite book when he was ten or eleven, so naturally I wanted to read it too. I was surprised to find it in the local library's young adult section.
Why, I wondered? Yes, the vocabulary's a bit more challenging than the average eleven-year-old might be used to, but the true story of young Sterling North and his pet raccoon, Rasca,l is as good a book as I've ever read, and I'm only sorry I didn't read it when I was ten. Eleven-year-old Sterling lives ne This Newbery honor classic was my husband's favorite book when he was ten or eleven, so naturally I wanted to read it too.
Eleven-year-old Sterling lives nearly independently while his nurturing but busy widowed father is constantly away on business. But Sterling's extraordinarily self-sufficient and far from alone. He's building an foot canoe all by himself in the North's living room and spends his days companioned by his St.
Bernard, Wowser, four skunks, Poe-the-Crow and the nearby natural world of Wisconsin with which he's on intimate terms. One day Wowser digs up the lair of a mother raccoon and her four kits and all scramble away but one, the titular Rascal, who for one remarkable year rides on the handle bars of Sterling's bike "a fool for speed" , eats at the North's dinner table and sleeps in Sterling's bed.
And that's just the start of this funny, beautiful, true story. Readers also enjoyed. Young Adult. About Sterling North. Sterling North. Thomas Sterling North was an American author of books for children and adults, including 's bestselling Rascal. Surviving a near-paralyzing struggle with polio in his teens, he grew to young adulthood in the quiet southern Wisconsin village of Edgerton, which North transformed into the "Brailsford Junction" setting of several of his books. Books by Sterling North. It comes with some useful features, such as the mesh zippered front and back or the foldable design.
The Aosom Elite looks quite attractive with its combination of black and red colors. It has a very sleek design, which is assisted by the sturdy steel frame that holds the quick-release wheels. The whole thing can be set up in a matter of minutes, and the same could be said for attaching the model to your bike. The maximum load weight stands at 66 pounds. The mesh-zippered screens on the front and the back allow maximum airflow for the dog, while the included leash hook adds extra safety.
Like we already said, the model can be folded down and conveniently stored away. Another great thing about Aosom Elite is that it comes with a bicycle hitch. Even though it falls into the category of the more affordable models, the Schwinn Rascal still sports an impressive design. The combination of orange and black looks very attractive, while the unique folding frame makes storing an easy task to accomplish. It will also make the rides a comfortable experience for your dog.
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We liked the presence of the rear doggy-door, which allows easy entrance and exit. The interior of this trailer, on the other hand, reveals the presence of an adjustable leash which prevents the pet from leaping out. Like we already mentioned, storing this model is very easy, thanks to the quick release wheels and the folding frame.
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Like with all other things, there are some reasons why would you want to invest in a quality dog bike trailer. Chauffeuring your beloved Buster on it makes more sense than having him run next to you, and the reasons for that are the following:. He will get tired, and you will have to slow down. Many pups are energetic and healthy enough to run alongside the owner but are also easily distracted and run away from the course too often.
But if you decide to give such a dog a lift, these issues will disappear. Not only will he enjoy a nice ride, but he will still also be able to see the world go by and enjoy the scenery. If your pup is suffering from illness or recovering an injury, a quality dog trailer for bike will provide him with an opportunity to get outside of the house. It will also prevent him from spending too much energy that he needs for the recovery. To make things a little bit easier for them, get a trailer and provide them with the fresh air they need.
In that way, you will be giving your dog the necessary outdoor time without putting a severe strain on his little body. Using the doggy bike trailer is not something that everybody should do. Even though it is one of the best ways to explore the nature together with your pooch, the alternatives can be better in some cases. This is especially important if you are often riding and in safe areas, like, for example, public parks. This is probably the most important consideration. Judging the handling of a particular model is quite hard until you get it on the road.
However, if it runs properly behind you, both you and your pooch will be happy at the end of the day. Keep this mind before you decide to purchase a low-end model.
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This is one of the essential parts of a quality bike trailer for dog. If it causes discomfort, you can use a dog blanket, but it would be much wiser to choose a model whose interior will be comfortable enough for your pup. You never know if the sudden rain will catch you halfway down the route. Trailers with removable sunroofs and windshields will protect the pup from the elements and allow you to tow the trailer in rainy or sunny weather with a peace of mind. The main qualities to look for are the removable wheels and the foldable mechanism. They will allow you to quickly load and unload the trailer whenever you want to.
This will also be helpful when it comes to storage. Low-end models come with just one door, on the front or the back of the cabin. The premium models, on the other hand, come with two doors — one on the front and one on the back. This gives the dog a lot easier access to the trailer, as he can come in through one door, and get out through the other. Heavy-duty fabric will make the interior much more durable, and prevent the dog from making too much damage to the cabin once he or she, for example, sees a squirrel.
Look for models with steel or aluminum frames — they are durable and will serve you for years. Every owner wants his dog to be safe, and that includes the rides with a dog bike trailer. Some models will sport important safety features, like the bars in the side walls that prevent the pet from leaning into the rotating wheels or the interior safety leashes. With these functions, the risk of an injury will be brought to a minimum. This is not as important as the previously mentioned features but can come in handy in certain situations.
Some models of dog bicycle trailers will include useful accessories, like the cargo pockets. They will allow you to store the dog equipment and food right there on the trailer itself, which is pretty convenient. One of the best ways to know if the model is secure enough is checking if it meets the safety standards. With this accessory, you will be able to secure your pet in the trailer.
If your pet weighs over 80 pounds, choose a model with a wide wheelbase and a low center of gravity. If you choose a model that sports some of this equipment, both you and your pet will enjoy much safer rides. Cycling with your beloved pooch certainly comes with some challenges. In addition to adding some extra weight to your bike, you will have to make sure that your dog is comfy and safe. Read on! With these tips in mind, we can guarantee you that there will be no such issues.
Read on and find out how to make your beloved pup fall in love with his new vehicle. Start out slowly. As you can see, the key is in the gradual introduction. The dog bicycle trailers have become immensely popular in the last few years, and for a reason. They can be very helpful for the older dogs, as well as for the pups with physical limitations and injuries. A quality model will also make running errands together with your pet much more convenient. Of course, the greatest perk of these things is the fact that they allow the owner to bring the dog with them wherever they go.
You can simply attach the trailer to your bike and go for a ride in the park. In our reviews, we have tried to go over the features, advantages, and flaws of the currently most popular models on the market. Our articles, on the other hand, are there to help you get to know more about the benefits and safety features of the best dog bike trailers. If we had to choose our favorite model, that would be the Burley Tail Wagon.
This trailer has it all — it is spacious, sturdy, foldable, and has useful cargo pockets. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Woof Dog. Burley Tail Wagon. CONS: Narrow — not comfortable for very large breeds. PetEgo Comfort Wagon. CONS: Unclear instructions in the manual. Solvit HoundAbout. CONS: Flimsy tires. DoggyRide Novel. CONS: Assembly is difficult. DoggyRide Mini. CONS: Confusing user manual. Aosom Elite.
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CONS: Quite bulky. Schwinn Rascal. Why get a Dog Trailer for Bikes? You have a bigger stamina than your dog does. Your dog has no discipline to run next to your bike. Your older or sick pooch gets a chance to go outside. Your dog lacks the physical traits for the long runs. Alternative Options to Bicycle Trailers for Dog.