- Age Range: 3 - 7 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 2
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Tanglewood (March 14, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1939100097
- ISBN-13: 978-1939100092
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.5 x 12 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #358,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Argyle Fox Hardcover – March 14, 2017
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"The artwork is rich, engaging, and filled with endearing details. The other forest creatures, such as a gardening badger in overalls and a little blue bird with a pirate eye patch, are particularly charming. This is a cautionary tale that can provide social and emotional lessons for children who are easily frustrated or angered. A perfect story for a windy day; the illustrations shine in this charismatic read-aloud addition to picture book collections."― School Library Journal
"Letourneau's animal characters are appealing, and the settings are busily colorful, with greens, blues, and oranges filling the pages. The final spread is endearing….Argyle ably demonstrates that if you build it yourself, you and your friends will have a great time." ― Kirkus Reviews
"Undaunted by the fierce spring winds, one determined woodland lad sets out to enjoy the day, in Marie Letourneau’s Argyle Fox, a lighthearted tale of tenacity, creative thinking, and the power of a woodland gale. Argyle Fox, sporting his signature diamond-patterned scarf, learns through trial and error, along with a lot of encouragement and some sound advice from his mom, that a little ingenuity can go a long way, especially on a blustery afternoon." ― Foreword Reviews
"Anticipation is key to Letourneau’s simple, engaging plot. Amid playful scenes punctuated with Argyle’s frustration, Letourneau balances her story with cozy, inviting idyllic forest and home scenes, as well as stylized figures and warm colors. A great read-aloud about perseverance and creative thinking." ― Booklist
"Letourneau captures Argyle's frustrations in fresh, cheery illustrations punctuated with her hero’s frustrated outbursts….Letourneau’s tale offers a gentle reminder of the rewards of perseverance, resourcefulness, and creativity." ― Publishers Weekly
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Letourneau prefers a subdued color scheme for the illustrations, and this fits the forest motif very well. Argyle is a very creative fox, and we enjoyed seeing which game he would play next after his plans were ruined by the wind. The whimsical illustrations are full of little details, and we especially enjoyed his four-poster bed with tree canopy.
My three girls are in the fourth and second grades, and they enjoy reading novels, but they still love picture books. I was especially excited to share Argyle Fox with them because one of the girls is obsessed with foxes. She squealed with delight when she saw Argyle, and all three girls proclaimed that he was cute and adorable. My little fox-loving girl insisted that she be the one to do the sound effect of the wind- “Woosh”- as it swept in and ruined Argyle’s plans.
I would absolutely recommend Argyle Fox. This book is perfect for preschoolers and children in elementary school might enjoy it as well. This is a quick read with a very sweet ending. Argyle is a delightful little fox, and we enjoyed reading about his misadventures on a blustery day.
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley/the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Little Argyle wants to play outside, but the strong wind keeps messing up his games, knocking down his fort, and blowing away his hat. He decides that he hates playing in the wind, and sulks indoors until his mother tells him to think carefully of something that would be good to play in the wind. Argyle thinks carefully and creatively to come up with the perfect solution!
Cute little Argyle!! So sweet!! He's full of imagination and really pours himself into his games. Reminds me of me when I was little; I was a very imaginative child who played lots of elaborate games of "pretend" with my siblings. Argyle plays pirates, dresses up like a spider, builds a castle fort, becomes a famous soccer star, and fights a dragon! I love this kid!
I love love love the illustrations. The soft colors and little details in the background make every page a delight! I had to stop and stare at each page for a little minute, to make sure I caught every sweet thing there. But it doesn't feel busy or overwhelming at all; it just gives the story more depth and interest.
When the wind comes whooshing in to ruin the game, I almost felt like I could feel the wind roaring and rushing by me. It reminded me so strongly of windy days on the mountain when I was a child, when the wind would tug at my hair and bring tears to my squinting eyes. It takes a powerful illustration to conjure up memories and feelings like that!
Disclaimer: I received an ecopy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts and are not influenced by anyone.
First, let's look at the story. This is a wonderful tale involving the age-old principle of perseverance. Argyle attempts to play cards, build a spider web and many more fun activities, but the wind keeps destroying his work. Like many children, he gets frustrated, angry and then gives up.
His wise mom tells him to, "Figure out something to play in the wind." At first, Argyle grumbles, but then he takes a moment to think and wonder if maybe he can try something new, something he hasn't played yet. He becomes determined to overcome his problem. Not only that, but he uses all of his previous failed attempts at play to build something that will work with the wind. Voila, by cutting, knitting, painting and gluing he constructs a kite. His previous failures lead to his new success! Great moral.
Of course, besides the story, we have the illustrations. I enjoyed the color choices, in particular, the bold orange of the string and the fox pelts. I also liked that the story and the pictures combine to bring the reader into the action. Every time the wind blows it goes "Woosh", but instead of reading what happens, the illustrations are used to show us the disastrous results.
One side point, Argyle fox always wears an argyle scarf (thus his name I assume), and I wonder if children will actually know what an argyle pattern means without an explanation.
This is a really cute story with playtime activities, emotions, and problems that kids will relate too. I think it will be a fun read for kids so I'm giving it 4 stars!
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Spring is finally here. You just want to go outside right? And there are SO MANY things you can do in spring when you are this little, cute fox:...Read more
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