Raccoons and Ripe Corn

Overview

The corn is ripe...and the raccoons are hungry. As the moon rises a mother raccoon and her two young begin an all night feast in a cornfield. Acclaimed nature artist Jim Arnosky gives young children an unforgettable wildlife-watching experience.

Hungry raccoons feast at night in a field of ripe corn.

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Overview

The corn is ripe...and the raccoons are hungry. As the moon rises a mother raccoon and her two young begin an all night feast in a cornfield. Acclaimed nature artist Jim Arnosky gives young children an unforgettable wildlife-watching experience.

Hungry raccoons feast at night in a field of ripe corn.

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Editorial Reviews

Washington Post Book World
Over the years Jim Arnosky has established himself as Nature's unofficial portrait painter....A lovely book ideal for sharing with preschoolers.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
On an autumn night, nature sends dry, yellow leaves and raccoons from a tree near the farm to the cornfield. The corn is ripe and the raccoons feast on the sweet kernels. The night passes, and the moon, an owl and the raccoons retreat before sunrise. Green husks, bare ears and half-eaten corn are left scattered among the fallen leaves. Arnosky's photograph-like depiction of nature allows the smallest of life-forms and the largest of natural phenomena to participate in one uniform processearth and sky, autumn winds and nocturnal animals, hunger and eating are all parts of nature's weaving. Fall colors of brown and yellow take on a softened, pastel look in the realistic night setting, and accurate details (the moonlight reflected in raccoon eyes) give readers a good picture of one night's occurrence. But a question remains: Can a stalk of corn really support a small but weighty-looking owl? Ages 3-8. (September)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3 Another brief encounter with wildlife for young children from this naturalist-artist, as a mother raccoon and two older kits come in autumn dusk to a farmer's field, enjoy a star-lit romp and feed, then skulk off at dawn. A trail of fall leaves across the title pages leads to 11 double-spreads of open pencil sketches and color washes of woods and farm. Skeins of gray-green stalks stretch against the hazy blue sky of a full moon; it is light enough to spot a bat, mouse, owl, wooly-bear caterpillar, or pawprints in the furrows. Simple declarative sentences appear in large print. The text is one that even kindergarten readers can try, and they will enjoy such details as that the tree behind which the raccoons wait before their raid is the same one past which they exit, its hollow now filled by the sleeping owl. The book is so simpleyet it has long-range, satisfying, repeated appeal for the youngest patrons. Ruth M. McConnell, San Antonio Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780780706699
  • Publisher: Perfection Learning Prebound
  • Publication date: 9/1/1991
  • Series: Reading Rainbow Bks.
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim Arnosky

Acclaimed for his picture books that speak directly to young naturalists, Jim Arnosky enjoys researching different ecological areas with his wife, Deanna. His many awards and honors include the Washington Post—Children's Book Guild Award for overall contribution to nonfiction for children and the Eva L. Gordon Award for outstanding children's science literature. He has also written and illustrated numerous ALA Notable Books and Outstanding Science Books. Home base for the Arnoskys is a two-hundred-year-old farmhouse in northern Vermont. Their daughters and their families live nearby.

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