by | Feb 24, 2023

Tabasco the Saucy Raccoon, Chapter 5

chapter 5

I think you’ll like Chapter 5 of TABASCO THE SAUCY RACCOON.
It’s called THERE’S A RACCOON ON MY CAMPING TRIP. A camping trip to the Rocky Mountains in Canada.

Now that sounds like an easy trip for a raccoon but it wasn’t for my sister Jan who was visiting me from our home country of Australia. She was a city girl, a fashion model, had never camped in a pup tent, never in snow, and certainly never with a raccoon.

But first I had to pick her up from the airport and take her to my apartment to meet Tabasco. It was a no-pet apartment so I used to smuggle my raccoon inside in a bag of groceries and hoped the landlady wouldn’t see us.

But when Jan and I arrived at the apartment the landlady had just heard from another tenant that I was living in the apartment with a raccoon. She was waiting at the door.

You can read chapter 5 to find out what happened.

Jan was glad to learn that I was taking her away from the apartment– she thought to some fancy hotel in a big city. She did not know we were driving my little car to the Rocky Mountains to sleep in a pup tent with a raccoon. She complained but she survived. AND THEN IT SNOWED.

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About Tabasco the Saucy Raccoon

By Diana Lowery

Tabasco lives up to his name as he creates plenty of spicy adventures for his caretaker.

Adopting a three-week-old raccoon is a challenging responsibility even for an experienced wildlife researcher, but the rewards for keeping him hid from her landlord and smuggling him onto planes for a tour of Canada are worth the effort. Tabasco becomes a treasured asset to the author’s lecture circuit as she promotes animal research.

In Tabasco the Saucy Raccoon, author Lyn Hancock presents a chronological description of each stage of development as her pocket-sized, adorable critter grows into a full-sized raccoon. This memoir is a testament to Hancock’s patience and her concern for animal welfare. Her intention is to teach Tabasco the skills needed to live on his own. The situations that arise between the teacher and her pupil are both humorous and educational. Hancock’s writing skills are evident in this easy reading, 165-page story. The short chapters make this suitable for young readers. The descriptive passages make it enjoyable for an older audience.

The best part of this book is the realistic dialogue. Lyn’s conversations with both humans and animals add humor to the already comical circumstances that occur when raising wildlife inside your home. The trick-or-treat scene is one of my favourites. I also enjoyed the way that the author explains the various clicks and chirps that Tabasco uses to converse with her.

This book would be a perfect read-aloud in an elementary classroom. The students would be captivated by Tabasco and would be learning some zoology in the process. I was drawn to the story because I used to have a raccoon that knocked on my kitchen door at night asking for his dinner. After reading this book, I am glad I never encouraged my nocturnal friend to come inside.

Tabasco the Saucy Raccoon deserves 4 out of 4 stars. It is exceptionally well-edited: I found no errors. The cover is attractive, and the illustrations are clever. The black and white photographs at the end are endearing. The book will appeal to a wide range of readers. I recommend it specifically to nature lovers who appreciate the bond between animals and humans.