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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Cute story and definitely a good lesson to learn for rowdy boys like my son. The art is beautiful but a great story to read to my son before bed.Published 2 months ago by Metra reader
Purchased from a wish list. Thank you for making purchases easy with wish lists.Published 5 months ago by HisChild
Like the fact that it teaches kids consequences. Unfortunately the book is long winded and tedious to read.Published 12 months ago by OmarluvsLizzy
Favorite book since I was a kid. This hard cover edition with the award seal is an excellent choice.Published 14 months ago by Victor Masliah
Beautiful art work but the story involves a woman cutting a fox's tail off with a knife. It is a little violent. Idk maybe my kid won't be freaked out by it..... Read morePublished 18 months ago by David Blanks