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Book Title: Raccoons and Ripe Corn|
The author of the book: Jim Arnosky
Edition: Mulberry Books
Date of issue: August 21st 1991
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Reader ratings: 4.5
ISBN 13: 9780688104894
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 11.41 MB
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One autumn night, when a local farmer's corn is ripe and ready to be harvested, a family of raccoons sneaks into the field to feast on the bounty. The raccoons spend the night in the cornfield, hurriedly rushing back into the woods come dawn, having sated their hunger, but of course also leaving rather a major mess for the farmer.
I think the main and first strength of Raccoons and Ripe Corn are most definitely and without much doubt the descriptive, evocative (and really, truly simply glorious) accompanying illustrations. Not only are they incredibly, wonderfully detailed and realistic, author/illustrator Jim Arnosky has also managed to absolutely and completely capture both the mannerisms and facial expressions of the raccoon family (I have watched raccoons feasting on corn, on vegetables and the like on my own property, and the antics of the raccoons depicted by Arnosky are basically and for all intents and purposes identical).
Although I thus most definitely was and continue to be enthralled with and by the illustrations of Raccoons and Ripe Corn, I cannot really say that I was/am in any way similarly "wowed" by the text, and to such an extent that the narrative actually just feels mundane and more than a bit lacking, especially when juxtaposed against the evocative, lively depictions of the frolicking, busily feasting and munching raccoons. And while I have no problems, no issues with the fact that the text is likely meant to be simple (as befitting a picture book for younger children), the author's presented narrative, his printed words are not only plain and uncomplicated, they also rather lack both description and substance, a barely adequate, but for also very much pale and distant reflection of the illustrations. In fact, while I could well imagine Jim Arnosky's illustrations without his text (and actually believe that Raccoons and Ripe Corn would perhaps even be better and more versatile if used as a wordless picture book), I could not in any way imagine the text, the mundane and lifeless narrative without the accompanying artwork.
And finally, and annoyingly (frustratingly), I also have to wonder wether it might have been worthwhile for Jim Arnosky to at least mention, to at least point out that a family of raccoons invading a cornfield would more than likely not exactly be appreciated by the farmer (who is, after all, counting on harvesting and marketing his/her crops). This information would not necessarily have needed to be part of the story itself, but an author's note, pointing out that raccoons can be quite majorly destructive at times, would have been a welcome addition (and perhaps a good starting-off-point for further discussion, especially when reading this book with/to slightly older children). Two and a half stars (but upon rereading, I do not quite think that Raccoons and Ripe Corn is worth three stars, and oh, I do so wish that half stars were to become a possibility, a reality on GR, likely a pipe dream, but I can and do hope).
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Read information about the authorJim Arnosky was born in New York City, NY Sept 1, 1946. He was raised in Pennsylvania. Jim graduated from high school in Philadelphia and joined the US Naval Reserves. His active duty took him to Maryland and Bremerhaven, Germany.
In 1976 Jim and his wife Deanna moved to Vermont with their two daughters where they have lived in an old farmhouse for the past 28 years. 17 of those years were spent raising sheep.
Jim is self taught in writing, art and the natural sciences. He has written and illustrated 86 books on nature subjects and has illustrated 46 other books written by various authors. He has been awarded the Christopher Medal, Orbis Pictus Honor, ALA Gordon Award, and Outstanding Science book awards from National Science Teachers Associations.
Jim loves to fish, boat, and play his guitar. In his work, he uses a Betacam SP video camcorder with a 1600 mm lens to record the wildlife he and Deanna find all across the country.
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