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FINDING FOXES by Allison Blyler


by Allison Blyler & illustrated by Robert J. Blake

Age Range: 4 & up

Pub Date: May 2nd, 1991
ISBN: 0-399-22264-2
Publisher: Philomel

 In muted turquoise and gold, rich shades of lavender and sharp fox red, a series of hauntingly lovely double-spread paintings extend the images in Blyler's cycle of poetic epiphanies. The subject is foxes in a natural habitat in the Northeast, from dawn till moonlight; in each picture, one fox is clearly visible, others less so, with passages that might or might not be additional foxes--or other creatures. Blyler plays subtly with the idea of the wild animal's evanescent image: ``The fox knows what is real, and what is imagined.'' Still, ``I will always know what is real, but I can weave an imagination of foxes.'' Later, she touches other dimensions of meaning: ``If I imitate the fox, I cannot change him.'' Blake's debut, Riptide (1990), was notable for its skill and sensitivity; this partnership with Blyler's unusually thoughtful and imaginative verse is even more outstanding. (Picture book. 4+)