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The book is a remembrance of a year in his childhood during which he raised a baby raccoon named "Rascal. June Subtitled "a memoir of a better era," North's book is a prose poem to adolescent angst.
Rascal chronicles young Sterling's loving yet distant relationship with his father, dreamer David Willard North, and the aching loss represented by the death of his mother, Elizabeth Nelson North.
The book also touches on young Sterling's concerns for his older brother Herschel, who is in Europe fighting in World War One.
The boy reconnects with society through the unlikely intervention of his pet raccoona "ringtailed wonder" charmer that dominates almost every page. The book begins with the capture of the baby raccoon, and follows his growth to a yearling.
The story is also a personal chronicle of the era of change between the nearly untouched forest wilderness and agriculture; between the days of the pioneers and the rise of towns; and between horse-drawn transportation and automobiles, among other transitions.
The author's through-a-boy's-eyes view of his observations during expeditions in and around his home town, contrasted with his father's reminiscences of the time "when Wisconsin was still half wilderness, when panthers sometimes looked in through the windows, and the whippoorwills called all night long",  provide a glimpse of the past, as the original subtitle suggests.
The book is filled with humorous moments. His sister Theo cannot understand Sterling's building of a canoe in the living room and is "startled nearly out of her wits" when Rascal, who had been lying on and blending into Uncle Justus ' Amazonian jaguar rug, stands up.
Later in the book, Rascal joins him in a pie eating contest, and they win, but are disqualified, although his friend, Oscar Sunderland, takes first prize because of it. Rascal also enjoyed riding in his bicycle's basket, and helped him sell magazines by creating an animated sideshow.
The book also has serious moments. The author's brother Herschel is serving in the military during World War Iand Sterling longs for a word from him. Rascal is confined after he bites an annoying lad who snaps him with a rubber band. Later, Sterling catches a mild case of the Spanish flu during the epidemic.
It is stated in the book that his Aunt Lillie, who took care of him during his sickness, said that Sterling's mother had wanted him to be a writer, which he achieved.
Eventually the problems with Rascal's raids into fields and henhouses become too much of an issue; the neighbors' irritation with the boy's pet can no longer be ignored.
In addition, Rascal has become a young adult and, as such, is getting attention from jealous male and interested female raccoons.
Sterling realizes that Rascal is a wild animal and can no longer be kept, unless always kept in a cage. He travels in the newly completed canoe to release Rascal in the woods at the far side of the nearby lake. The author's sister, the strait-laced poet and art historian Jessica Nelson Northis one note of early s normalcy in the book.
She wasn't particularly pleased with how her brother portrayed her family in Rascal yet was proud of her brother's achievement, regardless.
The theme of Rascal is not friendship, but loss, and the transcendence of it.Custom Maui fishing charters.
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The book Rascal is a classic story that was written by Sterling North, who is also the main character. Sterling lives on a farm in Wisconsin with his widowed father /5. These book report forms are suitable for both beginning readers and older children. The first is simply a form they can fill out that becomes their book report. The second set is an outline primer plus a page for them to handwrite their report (if you don’t already make them use a word processor!). Country music stars Rascal Flatts plan to open a restaurant and venue in the north suburbs, according to a the Daily Herald. The paper reports the eatery would be located at Higgins Road and Route.
I've read the book several times since, including just recently/5(). Rascal (Book): North, Sterling: The author recalls his carefree life in a small midwestern town at the close of World War I, and his adventures with his pet raccoon, Rascal. In this great mystery, two brothers and a cousin, Jeff, David and Claire, are trying to find where a bunch of gold is hidden.
Jeff and David have two dogs named Rascal . In my opinion, Rascal, should not be read by a 7th grade girl. It was more of a “boy” book. Not trying to be a steriotype. It was boring. If it wasn’t for language arts I would’ve never read or finished this book.
BOOK REPORTS. When I first met Shishido Ryou, our personalities almost collide.
He was a rascal and I was more of the decorous person. We tend to have arguments about the use of his words and how usually shut other people's mouth. Not that I don't like him at all, but he usually don't watch his words – which I found odious.