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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Rafie the Rattlesnake, Come Home by Nan C. Cataldi is not only an interesting story about Rafie the rattlesnake, but is also educational and informative to young readers. Rafie loves adventure and one day he decides to go farther from home. Mrs. Rattlesnake reminds her babies about the rules when she says good-bye to them. Rafie is a dreamer and, without listening to his mother, he crosses the stream. He meets different types of creatures on his journey. He finds himself slithering into danger. He learns that his home is safer than any other place and so he goes back home before the onset of winter.
The book is educational as it gives kids information about rattlesnakes and the facts about rattlesnakes at the end of the book are very useful. The illustrations are bright and colorful and they breathe life into the story and characters. The author does a good job by giving the snake an identity and personality. It's a good storybook for bedtime story-telling and it is also helpful to teachers and students when talking about rattlesnakes. The book can also be used for read aloud sessions in classrooms and school libraries. Children learn a lot from Rafie's escapades and it also has a subtle message of obeying your parents and elders. It’s a book worth having in one’s collection, not only for the message it conveys, but also for the information and facts it provides about rattlesnakes.