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Winter Dance

Winter Dance
by Marion Dane Bauer, illustrated by Richard Jones
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017

Written in a poetic voice, a fine red fox introduces young readers to how winter creatures survive winter.

When the first snowflake falls from the sky, fine red fox wonders what he should do.  From the woolly caterpillar soon-to-be butterfly, from turtles who bury themselves in the mud, and from the snowshoe hare who turns white, fox is given solutions.  Each time, fox declares, “That won’t do for me.”   What will he do?  As the snow gently turns the land white, another fox joins him and they dance, what foxes do in nature!  A gentle story about animals and how they adapt to winter.  Illustrated in soft, winter colors and the bold orange for the fox, the artist shows the curious fox study each suggestion to see how he might use it.  Endearing illustrations.

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Shelter

Shelter
by Celine Claire and Qin Leng
Kids Can Press
Originally published in France.

Forest animals wake to approaching storm and they race to prepare.  Little Fox worried if all animals are safe. A cold father and son bear approach warm homes, but no one offers help.  But Little Fox comes out and offers them a lamp.  The bears use it to light their handmade shelter of snow.  Then the roof begins to collapse in the foxes’ den and the family scurries out.  When they see the bear’s lantern light, they ask for shelter and are generously squeezed in.  A strong, quiet story rendered in pen and ink and water color.

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The Fox Wish

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Fox Wish
by Kimiko Aman, illustrated by Komako Sakai
Chronicle Books, 2017
Originally published in Japan

This favorite story originally published in Japan, delights the imagination and tickles the heart. A ‘what if’ story in a world where children and animals understand each other.

A young girl and her toddler brother forget their jump rope at the park. When they return to find it, their jump rope isn’t where they left it.  When they hear laughter, they follow it and come upon a pack of young foxes jumping with their rope.  The foxes jumped well, but their tails got in their way and they kept falling.  While the young girl knew it was not polite to laugh, the toddler giggled.  The foxes heard them and the two came out of hiding. Soon they were all jumping.  But who would take the jump rope home?  Roxie, who left it at the park, or Roxy who found it?  Enjoy the emotions shared in this imaginary encounter with a pack of playful foxes.  The soothing and almost whimsical illustrations rendered in acrylic gouache, oil pencil and ballpoint pen capture the foxes’ personified emotions.  A story and art for the heart.

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