What It Is

This is a sweet story about growing up. A young fox is born as spring brings new growth to his surroundings. Just like a young child, he is anxious to explore the outdoors. But, the youngling must remain in the care of his mother and father who teach him many things, such as how to hunt for food, protect himself and store food for the winter. He often thinks that he’s ready to go off on his own, but his parents say “not yet” and continue to teach him how to survive in the wilderness. Once the little fox proves to his parents that he’s mastered all of these essential skills, they lovingly allow him to go off on his own. As mother and father watch him go, they are confident that he is ready for his new found independence.

Why It’s Fun

The story of the young fox’s development is cleverly told around the changing seasons, and Georg Hellensleben’s illustrations give us the feeling that we are turning pages of rich oil paintings rather than just paper. Kate Banks’ writing style gives readers the perspective of watching a family of foxes from a distance. She also effectively draws an unspoken parallel between the nurturing behavior of the fox’s parents and that of human parents. Just like the foxes, we keep our children close, teaching them how to care and protect themselves until they, too, are ready to face the world on their own.

Who’s Going To Love It

This is a fabulous bedtime story for the preschool age group and also provides a nice opportunity to teach kids about animals and nature. The publisher’s recommended age is spot on and the book makes a wonderful gift or library find.

Reading Time

About 3 minutes

Read-It-Again Points

8 out of 10

Book Information

By: Kate Banks, Illustrated by Georg Hellensleben
Published by: Frances Foster Books (2007)
Approximate retail price: $16.00
Publisher’s recommended ages: 3 - 6


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