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One Fine Day Paperback – September 1, 1974
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The book is exceptional for the fable, the moral it tells, and the dynamic illustrations that turn the fox's frustration into an adventure for the reader.
"One fine day
a fox traveled through a great forest.
When he reached the other side he was very thirsty."
"He saw a pail of milk that an old woman had set down
while she gathered wood for her fire."
"Before she noticed the fox, he had lapped up most of the milk."
"The woman became so angry that she grabbed her knife and
chopped off his tail . . . ."
Thus, the story begins.
The fox begs for the old woman to sew his tail back on. Otherwise, "all my friends will laugh at me."
"'Give me back my milk,' she said, 'and I'll give you back your tail.'"
The fox finds a cow who is willing to help, but wants grass in return. The fox asks a field for some grass, and the field asks for some water. The fox goes to the stream, which tells him to get a jug for the water. From there, the fox finds a fair maiden who has a jug, but wants a blue bead. The fox finds a peddler who has a blue bead, but wants an egg. An hen offers an egg in exchange for some grain. The fox finds a miller who has grain.
"The miller was a good man and felt sorry for the fox."
With the grain given to him by the miller, the fox proceeds to do all of his barters.
In the end, the old woman "carefully sewed his tail in place, and off he ran to join his friends . . . .Read more ›
The illustrations are appropriate and well convey the setting which appears to be Eastern Europe in a past century. Kids seem to like the reassuring ending to the fox's problem as well as the classic repetition of the folk tale.
Simple and cute illustrations get the job done. The story line starts with a theft, then proceeds to a dismemberment, and relies on pleading and - finally - charity to resolve the problem.
We very much prefer a similar story called "The Scarecrow's Hat" by Ken Brown -- get what you want without whining or complaining.
The illustrations are not a modern version of Patricia Polacco. If the reviewer were familiar with the ethnic similarities of Hogrogrian's characters to Polacco's, wide and unique differences exist. Hogrogrian's characters are classic to her numerous illustrations in other books. She uses her Armenian background to give character and emotion to her drawings.
The story is a familiar one and a fable used by other writers. Hogrogrian's touch through her unique illustrations make it a winner.
The above mentioned reviewer concludes his review by stating, for a Caldecott winner, Hogrogrian's book is "small and unassuming". I would have to disagree and encourage the reviewer to not bypass the less flashy and "fab" words that exist in so many books today.
How fortunate for children everywhere, that the Caldecott Award panel chose to not overlook the quiet beauty and unique character illustrations in selecting this classic book a winner.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Purchased from a wish list. Thank you for making purchases easy with wish lists.Published 11 days ago by HisChild
Like hundreds of other stories. Repeating and adding until everything is done. The 1971 story could be thousands of years old. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Persop
Like the fact that it teaches kids consequences. Unfortunately the book is long winded and tedious to read.Published 7 months ago by OmarluvsLizzy
This is an absolutely wonderful book for children based on an Armenian folktale. It gives American children a view of how stories are both alike and different in different... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Marilyn
Favorite book since I was a kid. This hard cover edition with the award seal is an excellent choice.Published 9 months ago by Victor Masliah