Raccoons in the Corn

Children - Animals
24 Pages
Reviewed on 03/08/2013
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Author Biography

Jerilynn Henrikson is a retired English teacher from Emporia, Kansas. She has always enjoyed writing and telling stories. Emporia is located on the edge of the beautiful Flint Hills of east central Kansas: a fact that inspires and colors her writing. She and her veterinarian husband have raised four children and now dote on five grandchildren. They also enjoy travel, gardening, reading, and supporting their community. Jerilynn in currently working on a historical fiction story for upper elementary about Red Rocks, the Emporia home of William Allen White, famous newspaper editor of the Emporia Gazette.

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Reviewed by Kristie Ingerto for Readers' Favorite

“Raccoons in the Corn,” a children’s story written by Jerilynn Henrikson, is a cute story with a valuable lesson. Farmer Baldridge grows vegetables which he shares with others; however, there is one vegetable that he does not share and that is his corn crop. Farmer B’s corn has got first prize at the fair and he is proud of his crop and takes great care of it. This year Farmer B is determined to keep the raccoons from getting into the field. Thinking that he has that taken care of, Farmer B and his wife go away for the weekend. While they are gone raccoons have a huge party in the corn and eat every single kernel. In the end, Farmer B learns to share.

This is a cute story. This is a short book; however, there are a lot of words on each page and young children get anxious while listening to the book and want to turn the page to look ahead to the next illustration before the page is completely read. This being said, they do enjoy listening to the story. I enjoyed this story and the time and effort that the Farmer put into his crops. I like the idea that he does not share one crop and ends up losing it all. Farmer B agrees with his wife that it would be best to plant two crops the following year so that he will have some and the raccoons will as well. The recipes included in it is a nice touch and they make this book an excellent choice to use in a corn unit with children as they can learn about how corn grows, and then make recipes as well.


Maybe your children should be read to more often. Sitting still is a skill and takes time to learn. My 4 yr old did just fine with this book, but we read to her all the time. We also dont do media (TV, video games etc) with her and I think that also helps her attention span.
I thought it was a great book- lots of fun to read out loud.