Growing up in western Pennsylvania, Ralph Scherder was attracted to the wild outdoors from when he was young enough to wear Spider-Man snow boots. With his father's taxidermy shop located in the basement directly below his bedroom, Ralph easily becomes familiar with every detail of the taxidermy business. It didn't take long for Ralph to discover that “Psycho” wasn't the best book on tape to listen to while working late at night on dead animals. And the tragedy that befell their shop mouse, Skeeter, will never be forgotten in the Scherder household.
Even though Ralph's dad has advanced insomnia, often causing him to be distant, he does his best to teach Ralph how to hunt, trap, and flyfish, just like his dad taught him. His sister enjoys hunting too, and perhaps one of the most touching moments of the book is when Kathleen finally gets her very own deer.
The Taxidermist's Son tells the real stories behind friends and families hunting in the great outdoors. There's always one that got away; but Ralph makes it evident that what is truly important was right there with you, the whole time -- your family and friends.
This report prepared by Alice Platt