The Christmas Fox – Anik McGrory

      The Christmas Fox – Anik McGrory, Alfred A. Knopf, (9781101935002), 2016

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review)  4

Genre:  Picture Book

What did you like about the book?  A little fox frolics while the other animals urge him to come to greet a baby.  “‘Come!’ lowed the cow. ‘A baby is coming. There’s a place to make warm with sweet smelling hay.’” Little fox worries that he does not have a gift like the other animals,  “…the little fox had no light to shine, He had no song to sing, He had no soft wool to collect, no warm home to share.”  But the animals tell him to just come and that will be enough. When fox finally approaches the baby he is rewarded with a smile as he has brought joy.  The soft luminous watercolor illustrations perfectly complement this reimagining of the nativity story.  The baby is never referred to as Jesus, and the only other characters are the animals, but those familiar with the story will recognize the Christmas tale.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book?  This is a nice addition to stories of the Nativity for young children.

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it?   Christmas books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review:   7/24/17             

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