Fox

by Kate Banks and Georg Hallensleben

“It is spring. / In the forest, among the roots / of a great oak tree in a... read more

“It is spring. / In the forest, among the roots / of a great oak tree in a brown earthen den, / a baby fox is born.” With her trademark blend of vivid language and soothing tone, Banks chronicles passing days and changing seasons as she details skills the young fox is learning from its parents and his eagerness to explore the wider world on his own. The brief narrative’s emotional refrain comes in two lyrical lines that are never identical but reference one another rhythmically and thematically, affirming—in different ways—that time brings change and growth. That sense of growth, change, and security imbedded in the story is echoed in Georg Hallenslaben’s warm, richly colored and textured paintings, which further suggest ways the fox is growing to maturity and readying himself to meet the ever-changing world. (Ages 3–6)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2008

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