Raccoon's Last Race by Joseph Bruchac

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The team behind How Chipmunk Got His Stripes retells an Abenaki fable that warns against arrogance and honors the importance of keeping your promises.
 
Azban the Raccoon loves to race on his long legs. He is the fastest of all the animals, but he’s also the most conceited, mocking everyone with his speed. When the other animals grow tired of his attitude, Azban chooses Big Rock as his next opponent. Busy taunting instead of running, he trips, and Big Rock flattens him. Only the ants will help stretch him out again—as long as he promises to be their friend. But will a trickster like Azban keep his word?
 
This clever and funny reimagining of a traditional story is for fans of Ed Young’s Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China and David Wiesner’s The Three Pigs.


“Lively, clever, and authentic.”—Kirkus

“The text reads aloud smoothly and keeps the action moving quickly. A strong addition to picture-book collections.”—School Library Journal

 
 

About Joseph Bruchac

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JOSEPH BRUCHAC is a poet, storyteller, and author of more thJOSEPH BRUCHAC is a poet, storyteller, and author of more than sixty books for children and adults who has received manyan sixty books for children and adults who has received many literary honors, including the American Book Award and the literary honors, including the American Book Award and the PEN Syndicated Fiction Award. He is of Abenaki and Slovak hePEN Syndicated Fiction Award. He is of Abenaki and Slovak heritage, and lives in Greenfield Center, New York. ritage, and lives in Greenfield Center, New York. James Bruchac, son of Joseph Bruchac, is a renowned storyteller, author, and accomplished tracker. He lives in Greenfield Center, New York, and is the Director of the Ndakinna Wilderness Project. He also teaches in numerous schools throughout the Capital region. Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey have illustrated many books together -- he draws the outlines and designs the pages; she paints the illustrations. Aruego, a native of the Philippines, was a lawyer before becoming an illustrator, and now lives in New York City. Dewey was born in Chicago and also lives in New York City. Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey have illustrated many books togJose Aruego and Ariane Dewey have illustrated many books together -- he draws the outlines and designs the pages; she paether -- he draws the outlines and designs the pages; she paints the illustrations. Aruego, a native of the Philippines,ints the illustrations. Aruego, a native of the Philippines, was a lawyer before becoming an illustrator, and now lives was a lawyer before becoming an illustrator, and now lives in New York City. Dewey was born in Chicago and also lives iin New York City. Dewey was born in Chicago and also lives in New York City. n New York City.
 
Published October 12, 2004 by Dial. 32 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction

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Azban the Raccoon is a favorite Abenaki trickster and this father-and-son storytelling pair creates a lively, clever, and authentic version of his story.

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Father and son writing team Joseph and James Bruchac return with their third folktale, Raccoon's Last Race, illus.

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