Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Ricky the Remarkable Raccoon

Ricky the Remarkable Raccoon
By Orggy Roger- Carey. Illustrated by David Miles

Ricky is a raccoon who yearns for a place to belong and people to want him.  Through mishap, he ends up where he thought he wanted to be, but not where he was wanted.  A turn of events finds Ricky with a new unexpected life and family just waiting for him.

A book intended for elementary aged children, this book touches on feelings surrounding Adoption without ever mentioning the word, which makes it a nice book for all children. Characters are mainly animals, taking away the human coldness and making it more inviting and relatable for young children.  As children follow Ricky through the book, they find him going from alone to loved by a family very different than he would have chosen, yet perfect for him.

Our family does not at this time include adopted children, but if it did, this would be a book I would want around to help ease into the topic.  It was well presented, with easy to understand words and inviting pictures.  Readers identify with Ricky's loneliness and cheer for him as he finds a family to love.  A solid book for all families, especially those with adopted members.  After all, we are all adopted by Christ, so we can all relate in some way!

Disclosure of Material: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookCrash.combook review program, which requires an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR Title 16, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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