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One Fine Day Paperback – September 1, 1974

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About the Author

Nonny Hogrogian is a two-time winner of the Caldecott Medal, first for Always Room for One More (1966), and second for One Fine Day (1972). She also received a Caldecott Honor for The Contest (1974). Her husband, poet David Kherdian, received a Newbery Honor for The Road from Home: The Story of an Armenian Girl (1979). They live in Florence, Massachusetts.

Nonny Hogrogian is a two-time winner of the Caldecott Medal, first for Always Room for One More (1966), and second for One Fine Day (1972). She also received a Caldecott Honor for The Contest (1974). Her husband, poet David Kherdian, received a Newbery Honor for The Road from Home: The Story of an Armenian Girl (1979). They live in Florence, Massachusetts.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 1080L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin; Reprint edition (September 1, 1974)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0020436203
  • ISBN-13: 978-0020436201
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 24, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book won the Caldecott Medal as the best illustrated children's story of 1971. The vivid colors will brighten your day! The story itself is a retelling of an Armenian folk tale.
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 . . . .
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By A Customer on June 25, 2000
Format: Library Binding
In this story, the fox has his tail cut off by a woman who is angry because the fox drank her milk. The fox asks for his tail back and the woman says only if the fox returns her milk. Herein lies the tale. The fox embarks on a journey taking him to the cow who will give him milk only if he is fed, which leads the fox to a field who will give up his grass only if he receives water, which leads the fox to the ....and the tale goes on and on. The fox does eventually get his tail back. My 3 year old son is perplexed by this story and his listens with rapt attention. It is a good bedtime story because the story builds on itself and the phrases are repeated again and again and again. This book also won a Caldecott Medal for illustration. Recommended.
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I look for good books to read to our grandchild's kindergarten class and was not impressed with this one. My problem with it is the fact that the fox's tail was cut off as the result of a bad deed by the fox. Now I am not a person who thinks that children should never be allowed to play with toy guns or ever be exposed to painful situations, and I realize that the gist of the story is how the fox can right the wrong he did in the first part of the book. But for me, I don't like the violence of the act.
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Most kids of "picture book age" are attracted to cumulative tales like THE OLD LADY WHO SWALLOWED A FLY or THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT because of the repetitive patterns and the easy logic to the simple plots. ONE FINE DAY is another great example of a cumulative tale. The basic story involves a talking fox who drinks an old woman's milk. In a rather violent move that doesn't seem to bother most kids the woman bloodlessly cuts off the fox's tail and refuses to "sew it back on" until the fox gives her back the milk. The now tail free but still resilant fox goes through the forest and tries to barter some milk from a cow who will give him milk if he gives her grass, a field that will yield grass if the fox will give it water, a stream that will give water if the fox brings a jug and so on. Our fox hero is finally triumphant and brings the replacement milk to the old woman who true to her word "carefully sews his tail in place" and all ends happily as the fox "ran to join his friends on the other side of the forest."

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.
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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 cultures. The colorful illustrations add so much feeling and delight to the story itself. It makes a wonderful gift.
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Hogrogian’s re-telling of an American folk tale, was awarded with the Caldecott Medal in the year 1972. In this story we see a fox, who after running across the forest became thirsty. He decided to drink an old woman’s milk, that had been left unattended on the ground. When the old woman noticed that, she grew extremely furious. She wielded out a knife and cut the foxes tale. He implored the old lady to please sow back it’s tail, or its friends will make fun of it. The lady agreed, if he gave back her milk. So then the fox was lead towards a tedious journey, where everyone wanted something else in exchange. That is until he got to the father, who took pity of the poor fox and gave him the needed grain, without asking for something in exchange. He then have the grain you the hen, the egg to the peddler, the blue bread to the fair maiden, the jug to the river, the water to the grass, the grass to the cow and finally brought the old woman the milk to sew back his tail.
Many children’s book contain violence, even many cartoons that are designed for children contain violence. I know violence is a part of our world and we should teach it to our children and students eventually, some things are just too grim. I can see this book warning the Caldecott medal for the illustrations were very detailed, and the one that specifically caught my attention was of the old woman holding the foxes tail in her hand. If this made a lasting impression in me, it probably would make one on a kid. That’s my one criticism of the story. For the rest it has a good storyline. It teaches the children about give and take, which they should learn early in life. Not many people do things for you without expecting something back. It’s the reality of life and its also a humorous factor inside the pages.
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