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Raccoons Are the Brightest People

4.16  ·  Rating Details ·  38 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Mass Market Paperback, 3rd ed., 192 pages
Published 1968 by Avon Books/Camelot
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Jun 15, 2016 Geb rated it it was amazing
This book is a wonderful book to share with your children. I had the privilege to live beside this remarkable author when I was a boy on Tempe Wick Rd. Morristown, NJ. Sterling North holds two baby raccoons in this picture,(hard cover). We named them Candy and Chucky. Sterling and his wife were nature lovers and precious people. This book shows many pictures and tells the stories of the raccoons that many people loved and cared for.
Mr. North was so excited to film our coons when they first turne
Jun 15, 2012 Patty rated it really liked it
If you can get past the author's constant preaching about nature and the environment, this is an enjoyable book. He really doesn't go overboard with it, but he makes his position known. I picked this book up for $1 at a used book store because I ran out of books to read and I haven't gotten my library card yet (just moved to a new town.) This gave me something easy and entertaining to read, and helped me relax after a hard days' unpacking. I learned a lot about raccoons, and honestly, if I could ...more
Aug 27, 2015 Sara rated it really liked it
I felt like a missed a bit, not having read Rascal.

Still, this was cute and well-written, and I told anecdotes from it for days.
Also, it REALLY made me want a baby skunk again.
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Nov 24, 2014 Stephanie A. rated it it was amazing
A simply wonderful collection of thoughts on wild animals he has known and wild animals others have known and/or raised. Besides making a very strong case for the title, the book is loaded with photographs in every chapter, adding a lot of interest. I also didn't realize just how connected he was to other wildlife writers and similar big names of the day - for instance, he talks about how their last dog is a collie directly from the Albert Payson Terhune line, and references Harriet Weaver of F ...more
Dec 09, 2008 Elaine rated it it was amazing
A cute book, lots of anecdotes about raccoons and their behavior and preferences as wild animals and pets. Written in the late 1960s, so it doesn't address "urban" raccoons to much--the book treats raccoons as an animal that lives in the woods and goes fishing in the pond for crayfish. Sadly, I think most of us now think of raccoons as the pests upsetting the garbage cans in the middle of the night. Still, a cute book that I enjoyed reading.
Apr 05, 2014 Thankful rated it it was amazing
Fantastic! It makes me want to be friends with ALL of the animals. And I still want a baby raccoon, az always!
Jul 05, 2016 Michael rated it it was amazing
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One of my favourite books in my youth--alongside _Rascal_, of course. Always wanted a raccoon as a pet.
May 29, 2011 Megan rated it really liked it
This was a surprising, strange, somewhat hallucogenic experience.
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Thomas Sterling North was an American author of books for children and adults, including 1963'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.

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“We do not own the land we abuse, or the lakes and streams we pollute or the raccoons and the otters we persecute. Those who play God in destroying any form of life are tampering with a master plan too intricate for any of us to understand. All that we can do is to aid that great plan and to keep part of our planet habitable. The greatest predator on earth is man himself, and we must look inward to destroy the killer instinct which may yet atomize the human race. Our morality must be extended to every living thing upon our globe, and we must amend the Golden Rule to read: ’ Do unto other creatures as you would have them do unto you!” 0 likes
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