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Good Morning Little Fox Hardcover – April 1, 2001
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From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Little Fox and Father Fox decide to make a better breakfast than the porridge Mother Fox has ready for them. When they discover that they are out of all of the ingredients they need, they decide to wait until Mother Fox returns from the store. In the meantime they do chores and have fun together. Now hungry, they decide to taste the leftover porridge. Mother Fox returns and finds them eating it out of the pot so she heats it up and they devour every last bit. This sweet story will strike a chord with youngsters. The appealing drawings are done in soft colors and show lots of activity. They are bright and large enough to share with a small group or can be enjoyed one-on-one.
Marlene Gawron, Orange County Library, Orlando, FL
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Ages 4-7. The author of Little Fox (1999) offers a follow-up that falls short of its charming predecessor but will still resonate with preschoolers. It's Saturday morning, and while Mother Fox starts breakfast, Little Fox climbs into bed with Father and snoozes until the meal is ready. Breakfast turns out to be porridge, and although neither has tried it, both Father and Little Fox turn up their snouts and decide to make their own familiar food, but the cupboards are bare. Mother offers to shop, and while she's gone, Father and Little Fox tidy and dust, roughhousing along the way. Too hungry to wait for Mother's return, they try the porridge and love it, much to mother's eventual amusement. The simple but rather strained text tells a story about family cooperation and trying new things. The artwork is stronger than the story. The light, pastel pencil-and-watercolor images of lounging and rowdy housecleaning emphasize the bond between Little Fox and his dad. Best for lap sharing. Gillian Engberg
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In the present book we see Little Fox claiming that he doesn't like porridge just because he has overheard his dad say the same thing. In this way we see the little boy fox taking the lead from Father Fox, even if at the bottom of his heart he does actually enjoy the porridge. Janovitz shows how gender roles are built up and rigidly stratified just based on a few stray comments. It's clever, but maybe lacks the punch of LITTLE FOX Part 1. Folks searching for yet another Little Fox book should watch out for ZORRITO, which my children ordered anxiously and then they were all too disappointed to find out that it is merely a translation (into Spanish) of the original adventure with the chairs. However, they learned a bit of Spanish from reading the book so, no harm done, indeed a bit of good may come of it.