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|Little fox in the forest|
Author: Graegin, Stephanie
A wordless picture book in which two friends follow a young fox deep into the woods and discover a wondrous and magical world.
Kirkus Reviews (+) (11/01/16)
School Library Journal (12/01/16)
Booklist (+) (11/15/16)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (+) (00/02/17)
The Hornbook (00/03/17)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 12/01/2016 PreS-Gr 2—A series of monochromatic cells begin this wordless book. A young girl searches her house to bring her most treasured possession (her favorite toy, a stuffed fox) to share during show-and-tell at school. As readers turn pages, a young fox spots the toy unattended and swiftly runs off with it into the nearby forest, followed by the girl and a classmate. With each succeeding frame, the running fox is highlighted, brilliant orange against a neutral green-gray forest, each scene digitally colored with pencil, watercolor, and ink. Hidden residents gradually come to life with color until a turn of the page reveals a sudden double-page fantasy of small homes filled with personified animals. This tale of a missing toy builds to emphasize the girl's unselfishness—a gesture of a generous heart. Movement of the characters from cell to cell encourages children to infer emotions and plot action, and page details will send viewers looking for small clues that broaden the story. VERDICT An engaging exercise in reading pictures and creative narrative. A general addition for younger readers.—Mary Elam, Learning Media Services, Plano ISD, TX - Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 11/15/2016 *Starred Review* Illustrator Graegin makes her authorial debut in this wordless picture-book adventure. Through cyan-blue paneled scenes, delicately rendered in pencil, watercolor, and ink, readers watch as a young girl gets ready for school and receives instructions to bring something old and treasured for show-and-tell. The girl immediately knows what she will bring: her beloved stuffed-animal fox. After school the next day, the girl plays on the swing as a real red-faced fox eyes her backpack from the bushes. Quick as, well, a fox, it snatches the toy from her bag and dashes into the woods. The girl follows the furry thief through the aqua-hued trees, pops of color interrupting the landscape, until she arrives at a vibrantly colored village, populated by nattily dressed woodland creatures. She makes her way through the town, asking animals for help, and eventually arrives at the fox’s house, where their toy conflict is sweetly resolved. Children will love the whimsy of this story and how a simple trip to school could end in an enchanted village. The panel artwork moves the narrative swiftly along, while full- and double-page spreads give readers a chance to pause over delightfully detailed scenes. A charming, fantastical twist on the backyard adventure. - Copyright 2016 Booklist.