An excellent spin on a familiar trickster story.
Souhami tells the story of one bag, one fox and some gullible humans. The tale starts when a fox catches a bee and puts it in a bag. He asks a woman with a “very fine rooster” to watch it but warns her, “DON’T LOOK IN THE SACK!” Of course she does, and that allows Fox to strike a deal. The bee is lost, so he takes the rooster in exchange. Trick follows trick as the rooster is exchanged up for a pig and then for a boy. Eventually, Foxy is finally outfoxed. The cumulative nature of this trading-up story makes it especially appealing as a read-aloud for very young children, who will undoubtedly holler out warnings before Foxy does. The oversized typeface and easily decoded vocabulary makes this perfect for sharing with groups who might want to practice reading along. The uncluttered collaged art is set off by wide expanses of white space, allowing the drama of the story to easily unfold. Children who like turning stories into dramatic play will enjoy this easy-to-memorize traditional tale, and teachers will find this an easy tale for young storytellers to memorize.
A clear and humorous trickster tale for the youngest readers—a treat. (author’s note) (Picture book. 3-7)