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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); 1st edition (February 20, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374399670
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374399672
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #701,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Starred Review. PreSchool-Grade 1—Born on a spring day, a baby fox is taught the necessary survival skills by his patient parents. The kit is eager to explore the world on his own and asks from time to time, "Am I ready?" "No, fox, no," is the reply. In the fall, a more competent creature doesn't ask, but states, "Now I'm ready," and his mother responds, "Go, fox, go." The lyrical text reads easily, and one slightly changed sentence is repeated throughout: in the spring, "And the rain comes and goes"; at night, "And the stars come and go"; and in the fall, "And the days come and go." Rich, saturated colors fill the spreads with the seasons' deep hues as they depict the young animal's progress toward independence. Van Gogh-like sweeps of color indicate tall grasses, while splotches of paint deftly reveal the changing hues of leaves and sky. The endpapers show a silvery landscape bathed in moonlight. This picture book is a tender tribute to family.—Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI
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From Booklist

As in The Great Blue House (2005), Banks and Hallensleben offer another atmospheric picture book that celebrates seasonal change. In an earthen den, a baby fox is born. The shifting seasons mark the fox's growth: in spring, the little fox wonders when he can go outside; in summer, while hunting with his parents, he wonders when he can roam on his own. Finally, in fall, the little fox has learned to care for himself, and his parents send him off with sweet encouragement. Banks' spare, sensory words include some sophisticated imagery ("burnished leaves"; a "bloated" sun) that will be a reach for some preschoolers. With lulling rhythms and poetic phrases, Banks reinforces the deeply reassuring tone: trees "sigh like a lullaby setting the world at ease" and "silence grows into a peaceable hum." Illustrated with Hallensleben's rich, thickly brushed scenes of the nurturing fox family exploring fields and woods, Banks' gentle story sends a message that independence, whether for a fox or a child, is as natural and inevitable as the turning of the seasons. Gillian Engberg
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Sara Samples on July 18, 2007
Format: Hardcover
My son picked out this book at the library, and I was pleasantly surprised. If you've ever let a three year old choose his own books, you know it's a little like playing the lottery; very seldom do you get any return on the investment.

But Fox is beautifully illustrated and gently worded. The language is complex and rhythmic enough to satisfy us both, and the message is a nice one: parents protect you and teach you and let you be independent when you've learned enough to do so safely. In our generation of "helicopter parents" I think a few adults could benefit from this book!

My son and I are also always happy to see nursing references in a book (Fox is a mammal, mama!) and this book mentions it on the page following Fox's birth.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 14, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This was a pleasure to read to my children. It has excellent metre and unobtrusive rhyme. The writing flows so well that it could be described as poetic. It benefits from being read aloud in that regard. The illustrations are peaceful and pleasant and helped my children hear the story. It is a refreshing change to much of what passes for children's books and will become a beloved favorite.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anne Boynton on October 5, 2013
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I wanted to be thrilled by Fox. I very much enjoy the Banks/Hallseleben artistic pairing -- I know the language will be lush and unrushed, yet engaging enough for a young child. The pictures will be interesting enough to return to over and over, yet soft and soothing enough for bedtime reading. When my 2 year old picked out a stuffed fox for a special treat, well, we just had to have "Fox." But while my daughter likes this story, it does not pack the emotional punch of some other Banks books. Fox is all about gaining independence, and in the last scene departs from his family. While my two year old likes independence, too, the idea of growing up and leaving the family forever is not a comforting thought. Her emotional issues are about how to maintain connection while increasing her independence, not about how to say goodbye in end. Still, she likes the language and pictures enough to pick it out of the pile a few times a week, and it may rise in prominence as she gets older. Some modification of the language when I am reading out loud makes the ending seem like a less final break.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Holli on February 25, 2014
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My 6 year old has me read this over and over. Very cute story about letting go. The fox is adorable.
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By Jeff on October 27, 2013
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Bought as a gift for my soon to be born nephew and can't wait to give it to him! It's very cute and well illustrated.
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