“Sterling North”

Born in 1906 in a pleasant little farmhouse on the shores of Lake Koshkonong, the second largest lake in Wisconsin, Sterling grew up in the nearby town of Edgerton, of the “Brailsford Junction” in several of his books.

After graduating from Edgerton High School, he earned his way through the University of Chicago and began his writing career. He wrote for The Chicago Daily News, The New York World-Telegram and Sun, and for many magazines, including “Reader’s Digest”, The Atlantic, Esquire, and Holiday.

In 1947, he completed “So Dear to My Heart”, the best seller that estblished him as one of America’s favorite novelists. It was translated into 26 languages and charmed motion picture audiences everywhere when it was filmed by Walt Disney.

“RASCAL”, an autobiographical story about raising a raccoon, was published in 1963 and immediately captured the hearts of young and old. More than two and one-half million copies have been sold. The story was translated into 18 other languages and was made into a film by Walt Disney for release in 1969.

Six years later, North’s final book, “The Wolfling”, was published. He tells the story of Robbie and the wild wolf pup he raised in the 1870′s in rural Wisconsin.

For more information on Sterling North, please visit the official website at www.sterlingnorth.com

*On a personal note, I must say that I have watched the movie “Rascal”, time and time again. Each time I watch it, I cannot help but to cry at the end.

(Arthur & Merlin gave the video to their Daddy for Christmas one year and it was one of the best Christmas presents he got that year!)

Sterling North’s love for Raccoons is evident in this book and film, and anyone who has ever raised a raccoon and fell in love with them can certainly understand this movie.

Sterling North calls the Raccoon a “Ring Tailed Wonder” who “Steals your Heart”…… and…I have found those statements to be oh, so true!

Thank you Sterling North, for your love and understanding of such precious animals. ~~~

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