The Secret Life of the Red Fox – by Laurence Pringle, illustrated by Kate Garchinsky

  The Secret Life of the Red Fox – by Laurence Pringle, illustrated by Kate Garchinsky, Boyds Mill Press, (9781629792606), 2017.

Format: Hardcover Picture Book

Rating: 1-5:  (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre: Non-fiction

What did you like about the book? This informative look at the life cycle of the red fox begins by introducing Vixen, a female, napping in her den on a rainy February day. Daily events in her life are revealed as she hunts, flees a pack of dogs, spends time with her mate, gives birth to four kits, and eventually bids her offspring farewell in early autumn as they venture off to find a territory of their own. Lovely soft pastel illustrations work well to keep readers engaged. Three pages at the end provide more facts about the red fox, a glossary, and additional books on the topic.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No.

To whom would you recommend this book?  This is suitable for grades one to three for pleasure reading or for use in reports. Recommend to anyone who has enjoyed Pringle’s many other outstanding books about science and nature.

Who should buy this book? Elementary school libraries and public libraries.

Where would you shelve it?  Shelve with other books about red foxes in 599.775.

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  Only if the topic interests you.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Mary Melaugh, Marshall Middle School Library, Billerica, MA

Date of review:  5/9/17

This entry was posted in *Starred Review, Book Review and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s