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Ever feel like raccoons are smarter than you?


Here’s a bedtime story to read with your children whether you’re camping in the woods, in your backyard or attempting to outwit clever city raccoons. Have a great long weekend!


RACCOONS!


A Tall Tale for the Tent


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Xavier woke up one morning and jumped up and down with excitement.


“Today we’re going camping, and we always get yummy treats when we go camping!”


Xavier watched as his Mom packed the cooler with delicious things to eat: marshmallows, veggie dogs, popcorn and pudding. She put everything in the car and off they went to the campground.


That night, after songs and marshmallows by the campfire, Xavier fell asleep in the tent dreaming of what treats he would bring to the beach the next day. But in the middle of the night Xavier woke up to some strange sounds.


RUSTLE, SCRATCH, MUNCH


He thought it could be his Mom snoring and tried to go back to sleep, but the noise continued.


RUSTLE, SCRATCH, MUNCH


Xavier was glad when morning finally came. He zipped open the tent and shrieked when he found their cooler lying on the ground, ripped open and empty.


“The marshmallows!” Xavier cried. “The popcorn! The pudding! The veggie dogs! All gone.”


Xavier’s Mom sighed. “Raccoons!” she said. “I’ll have to go into town to pick up some more food.”


That night Xavier and his Mom had a plan. They got some rope and tied the cooler high up in the trees so the raccoons couldn’t reach it.


“That should fool them,” Xavier said, wiping his hands.


He crawled into the tent and settled down for a good sleep. But next thing he knew, he was woken by some strange sounds.


RUSTLE, SCRATCH, MUNCH


He looked over to see if it was his Mom, but she was sleeping soundly.


RUSTLE, SCRATCH, MUNCH


“Raccoons!” Xavier yelled.


He zipped open the tent, peered out and sure enough, there was a raccoon eating the last of the marshmallows.


“That does it!” Xavier said. After his Mom went into town to buy more food they zipped the cooler tightly, put the cooler in the trunk of their car and locked it.


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“That should fool them!” Xavier wiped his hands.


He crawled into the tent and settled down for a good sleep. But next thing he knew, he was woken by some strange sounds.


RUSTLE, SCRATCH, MUNCH


He looked over at his Mom and noticed that her backpack was no longer by her sleeping bag.


RUSTLE, SCRATCH, MUNCH


“Raccoons!” Xavier yelled.


He zipped open the tent, peered out and sure enough, there was a raccoon, wearing his Mom’s sunglasses and eating the last of the marshmallows.


“That does it!” Xavier said. This time there was no way the raccoons were going to fool him. After his Mom went into town to buy MORE food, they wrapped the cooler around and around with the stickiest tape they could find. They put the cooler in the trunk of the car, locked the trunk and tied the CAR high up in the trees so the raccoons couldn’t reach it.


That should fool them!” Xavier said, wiping his hands.


He crawled into the tent and settled down for a good sleep. But next thing he knew, he was woken by some strange sounds.


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RUSTLE, SCRATCH, MUNCH


This time, he knew it wasn’t his Mom.


RUSTLE, SCRATCH, MUNCH


“Raccoons!” Xavier yelled.


He zipped open the tent, peered out and there was a family of racoons wearing sunglasses and waving at him happily as they drove away in his Mom’s car with the radio turned up as loud as it would go.


Rockin’ Raccoons


Art by: my daughter


 


 


 


 


 



Kelley Powell

About Kelley Powell

Kelley Powell has a Master’s degree in international development and has worked at a home for impoverished women and children in India, on a domestic violence research project in Laos and with the Canadian government’s family violence prevention unit. She met and married her husband, Imran, in Laos and is now happily at home with their 3 children, aged 7, 4 and 2. She teaches yoga and meditation in Ottawa and specializes in teaching parents, pregnant women, children and teens. When her children are napping or at school, she leaves the dishes in the sink and the toys on the floor and she writes. Her publishing credits include The Globe and Mail, Maclean’s and New Moon Girls magazine. She is currently seeking a publisher for her young adult novel. Kelley is a partner in Satya Communications, a freelance writing company that creates compelling articles, reports and communication for a variety of clients.



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