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Gr 1-3-Children eager to move beyond easy readers and older students requiring simple text in a chapter-book format will find this title a good choice. As in many familiar folktale themes, Fox and Crow are trying to outwit each other. In the first episode, Fox tricks Crow into dropping a chunk of cheese right into his mouth. Crow then uses cheese to lure Fox into a cleverly designed trap. But where does the cheese come from? The third chapter shows both tricksters recognizing their mistakes. "That will teach you not to steal my cheese," says Mama Bear, whose presence in the earlier chapters will be noted by astute observers of Braun's lively, colorful cartoon-style illustrations. With its crisp writing and short sentences, this is a solid addition.-Gloria Koster, West School, New Canaan, CTα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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"The familiar fable about Fox and Crow, retold for new readers. Youngsters will quickly understand the word 'outfoxed' after reading these tales of flattery, greed and cheese, told as three connected short stories...Humorous watercolor illustrations are punctuated by thought bubbles showing the animal's plans...Funny chapter titles will amuse adults, and subtle visual details make this a fable book that new readers will return to."--Kirkus Reviews
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 390L (What's this?)
  • Series: Step into Reading
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (August 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375869824
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375869822
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Last week, one of my first grade twins came home with two books. Her sweet classmate had noticed that she liked foxes, so he brought two books about foxes from his house for her to borrow.

Fox and Crow Are Not Friends is a level 3 “Step into Reading” book written by Melissa Wiley and illustrated by Sebastien Braun.

This story begins with Aesop’s fable about the fox and the crow, wherein a fox tricks a crow into giving up the cheese in her mouth by praising her beautiful singing. The vain crow cannot resist, but when she opens her mouth to sing, she loses her cheese. That is where the fable ends, but our story continues. The crow is annoyed about losing her cheese, so she seeks revenge. The fox is not happy about this development and insists, “No one outfoxes a fox!” There is something that the fox and the crow have not considered: who does all the cheese they keep taking belong to, and how will they react when they find out who has been taking the cheese?

The illustrations are a lot of fun, and add to the silly story. We really liked the warm colors of the blue sky as well as the light orange used on some pages. Braun prefers a cartoonish style, and this works well for the book. The animals show a wide range of facial expressions that correspond with their outrage or triumph, depending on who is being tricked.

This book is broken down into three chapters, but it can still be read in one sitting. My daughter who brought this book home is an advanced reader, so she had no difficulty reading this book. Her twin sister is reading at grade level (midway through first grade), and this book seemed to be exactly at her level.

I would absolutely recommend Fox and Crow Are Not Friends.
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Fox and Crow are a great antagonistic duo. Their story is fun, silly, and entertaining. It's divided into chapters that you can take night by night to build suspense for bedtime, or you can journey through this cute story (in one longer sitting) to its satisfying ending.

All kids will love this story, which makes it a great reading tool. My toddlers love it. It's colorful and simple, easy to understand, and quite the appealing type of conflict.

Most little ones understand this situation all too well. SHARING ISSUES. Others running off with what you want! Oh, the drama!
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What starts out as an Aesop's fable inspired story goes in a different direction, in this beginning reader collection of funny short stories about the enmity between Fox and Crow. Longer sentences, with simple vocabulary and a "chapter" organization make this book perfect for kids who aren't quite ready for chapter books yet. As Fox and Crow squabble over cheese (their favorite snack) readers will be surprised and pleased to see them both get their much deserved comeuppance from Mama Bear.
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I love these series. But most important that my son does. I order 20+ books and he loves to read them (usually it is not that easy to make him read). I got mix of 2-3-4 levels for the second grader, second level is too easy, but it creates some fun and he reads them with pleasure. Love it, I would recommend it.
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Although I like how the book is constructed in 3 chapters, easy to understand and interesting. The problem I have is with the moral of the story. The story is all about revenge. Although they both suffer consequences for their actions, in the end the momma bear is also paying them back for taking her cheese. Although I think it's fine that they are not friends, since that is how life can go, overall I was hoping for a better lesson here. I had to keep reminding my child that revenge is not a good thing.
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My son loved reading this book to us!! Great confidence builder! Definitely would recommend for any kids working on their reading skills.
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By MJ on April 26, 2014
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rented this book from the library thru Amazon. it is a fun take on the classic story that even surprised me at the end.
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This is a thoroughly enjoyable book with fabulous illustrations and a nicely repetitive structure that early readers will love. In each chapter, Fox and Crow make a three step plan to trick the other out of a piece of cheese. There's a nod to Goldilocks and the Three Bears, which is fun. Early readers will enjoy going through each step of each plan, and then seeing both Crow and Fox get outsmarted in the end by Mama Bear, who makes them take responsibility for their actions. I can see this being a favorite!
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