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Children's Nonfiction Mammals

Exploring the World of Raccoons

by (author) Tracy C. Read

Firefly Books
Initial publish date
Mar 2010
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2010
    List Price
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2010
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 7 to 10
  • Grade: 2 to 5


A glimpse inside the daily life of nature's masked bandits.

Children find the bandit-masked face and button nose of a raccoon irresistibly cute, and catching a glimpse of one in a neighborhood tree never fails to excite. Raccoons describes the natural history of these cousins of the panda bear and explains how that heritage helps them thrive in cities as well as in fields and woodlands. Color photographs of adults and kits in urban and natural settings give readers the chance to look more closely at these elusive creatures, and children will enjoy the amusing descriptions of the raccoon's antics and mischief. But Raccoons also shows youngsters why they shouldn't feed these brazen visitors and that, even though they share our cities and towns, raccoons will always be wild animals.

In the Exploring the World of... series, Firefly Books is pleased to present an exciting new nature series produced especially for young readers who are eager to learn more about the wild animals they find especially appealing. The books are packed with facts and offer outstanding value.

Clear text in large type and vivid photographs with explanatory captions describe the animals' physical attributes, and storylike narratives about their daily life -- where they live, what they eat, how they hunt, how they communicate, how they raise their young -- present a complete picture of each animal.

About the author

Tracy C. Read is an editor and writer who has a special interest in nature and the environment. She lives in Kingston, Ontario.

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Librarian Reviews

Raccoons (Exploring the World of…)

The common raccoon has migrated from the wetlands and forests to our suburbs and cities where it has learned to adapt to urban living. One of the world’s most accomplished omnivores, it eats animal and plant matter and will live wherever it can find fresh water, food and a safe place to make a den. Learn how its intelligence, anatomy and natural skills have made it a successful inhabitant.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2011.

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