Michigan Reads! 2008

  • About Raccoon Tune
    Michigan Reads! 2008

    Art © 2003 by Howard Fine;
    used with permission of Henry Holt and Company.

    Raccoon Tune provides an exciting glimpse into the nightlife of a playful group of raccoons. The reader (who would normally be asleep!) gets to witness a raccoon family's nightly ritual of prowling for dinner through the trash. Told through a toe-tapping, knee-slapping rhyme, the reader follows the raccoon family through the ups and downs of survival. Told in lively verse and action-filled pictures, Raccoon Tune is sure to make young readers laugh out loud.

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Author and Illustrator

  • Author Nancy Shaw
    Nancy Shaw

    Nancy Shaw was born in Pittsburgh in 1946. While growing up, Nancy states that she “gobbled up books” and didn’t have a TV until the third grade. Her family played word games during long car trips, and these trips helped develop her love for words and rhymes. She was on a dull car trip in 1982 with her daughter and son, when she began tinkering with animal rhymes. These silly stories turned into Sheep in a Jeep.

    Nancy received degrees from both the University of Michigan and Harvard University. She worked at the Ann Arbor District Library while in college, and now lives in Ann Arbor, Mich., with her husband. Nancy has two adult children.

  • Illustrator Howard Fine

    Howard Fine is an illustrator and dentist who once dreamed of joining the NBA. He has illustrated many books for children, including two Michigan Reads! selections: Raccoon Tune and Bed Hogs. He lives in New York with his wife, two sons and daughter.