Format: Hardcover picture book
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
What did you like about the book? A wordless story: always magic. A little girl brings her favorite softie, a fox, to school for show-and-tell. After school, with her fox stored securely in her backpack, she plays on the swings. A young fox sees the stuffed fox, runs up, grabs it and runs off into the woods. The little girl cannot find the fox cub but many animals in the forest have seen the fox running by with the stuffed one. When a weasel steals the stuffed fox from the fox cub, a bear intervenes making the weasel return the toy to the cub. The girl and a friend ask all the forest animals if any has seen her fox until they finally encounter the bear. Of course the fox cub’s parents make him return the toy but when the girl sees how sad the cub is without it, she offers it to him. He gives her one of his favorites in return. Wonderfully illustrated in pencil, watercolor and ink this story is all about kindness and sharing.
Anything you did not like about this book? No.
To whom would you recommend this book? Because it is wordless, it would be best shared with a child one-on-one. Good for young children who are learning to share and to recognize the validity of feelings in others. Illustrations and story are reminiscent of those by Beatrice Rodriguez and could be recommended to those who appreciate her wordless stories about a fox and a hen
Who should buy this book? Public libraries, K-2 libraries and child care centers
Where would you shelve it? Picture books
Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Top five.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Moderator, Youth Services Book Review
Date of review: 2/12/2017