|Little fox in the snow|
Author: London, Jonathan
Follow a young red fox on a snowy day in winter through the forest and across fields, taking on the role of both hunter and hunted before he returns to his den.
Kirkus Reviews (09/15/18)
School Library Journal (11/01/18)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 11/01/2018 Gr 1–3—A little fox sticks his head out of his snug hole in the early morning. He sets off to hunt in the cold snow. At first he catches only a mouse, but a hare comes along to satisfy his hunger. After a refreshing drink, the little fox stops for a good sniff. His attention is caught by the smell of a she-fox. Before he can pursue the vixen though, he comes across something much more dangerous (a wolverine) and must flee as fast as he can back to his tree. The poetic language that London uses makes this a great book for reading aloud. The naturalistic adventures of the young fox are both accurate and exciting, portraying the beauty and the danger that exists in the wild. Miyares's gorgeous ink-and-watercolor illustrations match the text word for word, providing a beautiful complement to the descriptions given. VERDICT A compelling look at predators and prey and the stark realities of life in the wild. Recommended for collections looking for realistic winter-themed tales.—Heidi Grange, Summit Elementary School, Smithfield, UT - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 11/01/2018 From sunrise to sunset, one day in the life of a solitary red fox is expressed poetically. After waking up in his “cozy burrow,” the young fox goes hunting for breakfast. He pounces and catches a mouse, which serves to only whet his appetite, so he chases down a snowshoe hare to complete his meal. A narrator tells readers what the fox is doing but also asks questions of the young animal: “Little foxling, where will you go? You flow like a shadow across the fields. You leave little paw prints behind in the snow.” Ink-and-watercolor illustrations deftly reveal the small fox with brushstrokes that mimic the animal’s rust-colored fur. Dark trees contrast with the bright white-blue-gray snow, while the animal and the flaming sunset stand out in pink and red. The fox quickly changes from predator to potential prey, revealing how dangerous life can be for the young animal. Lyrical language with subtle rhymes creates an easy-to-read nature tale about a small creature surviving in a vast winter landscape. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.