TRICKY: The Adventures of a Red Fox by George Cory Franklin

TRICKY: The Adventures of a Red Fox

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Remember Wild Animals of Five Rivers Country and Monte? Here is another true animal story, out of a rich background of a boyhood in Colorado. Once again the dominant quality of the story is the feel of the wilds and the sense that the author is seeing how an animal thinks. Tricky had the overwhelming curiosity of his kind, and it got him into trouble continually. Fortunately, most of his human contacts were with men who were friendly to wild creatures, and Tricky paid for the help of two miners by uncovering a new vein for them. A farmer and his son (perhaps the son was the author?) gave him free entry because of his value in keeping down rodents. And so Tricky is not wholly prepared for the enmity of hunters; he gets caught in a bear trap, but escapes; his mate, Vixen has a leg broken- but again his human friends come to the rescue. The story tells of the adventures of the fox with the other wild creatures of the mountain country , grizzlies, big horn sheep, eagles, beavers and so on. Occasionally, the author strays into philosophical bypaths that slow the story interest. But for the boy or girl who likes true nature material, this has much to recommend it. Self-reading for third and fourth year readers.

Pub Date: March 28th, 1949
Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin