Monday, December 19, 2011

Review: Raccoon Tune

Raccoon Tune
Raccoon Tune by Nancy E. Shaw

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a raccoon, foraging in neighborhoods for food once all the people have gone to bed? This rhyming poem, narrated by the raccoons and split up into its separate stanzas, explores with a family of raccoons on their nightly expedition. They find a trash can that's hard to open, and when they finally do manage to pry the lid off as a team, it starts rolling away from them, down a hill. They chase after it, dreaming of all the treats it must contain, and feast when they catch up to it where it eventually stopped in a creek full of frogs. The poem is accompanied by rich color illustrations, done in oil paints that make the family of raccoons look very soft and fluffy. Their faces are very expressive, showing their effort as they try to pry the garbage can lid off, shocked as the can rolls down the hill, and supremely happy as they gorge on the food within the can. Since the story takes place at night, the palate is dark and dreamlike, with many blues. Recommended for grades K-2, especially for reading aloud.

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