There really isn't a lot of substance to the story told in Raccoons and Ripe Corn, but I don't really think that the kids were listening to the words of this story anyway. The pictures are quite engaging, and they really do all the "telling" that needs to be done. In fact, I think this could have worked just as well as a wordless book. The kids had a great time looking at the detail in the pictures--raccoon footprints in the dirt, nibbled ears of corn, and other animals that appeared in the pictures. All-in-all, a pleasant little book for autumn, or for kids that love animals.