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by Kate Banks & illustrated by Georg Hallensleben

Age Range: 2 - 6

Pub Date: March 5th, 2007
ISBN: 0-374-39967-0
Publisher: Frances Foster/Farrar, Straus & Giroux

The team behind The Great Blue House (2005) bestows yet another treat, this time tracing the maturation of a fox pup from his spring birth to fall, as he leaves his parents. Banks’s patterned, ruminative text pares great planetary cycles down to toddler-friendly essences: “And the rain comes and goes. / And the little stream grows into a rolling river.” Later: “And the stars come and go. / And the crescent moon grows into a big round ball.” Within this larger arc, the little fox learns to hunt, forage, shelter and store food. His eager missteps are gently corrected: “ ‘No, fox, no,’ says his mother. / ‘You’re not ready,’ says his father.” Finally, “as the orange sun / leaves the sky, like a big goodbye,” the little one takes his leave, his coat equally ablaze against the glowing sky. Hallensleben’s lush, brushy landscapes of sunny greens and moonlit blues, his coppery, winsome fox pup and Banks’s wise, spare lines combine for a package sure to gratify preschoolers and caregivers alike. (Picture book. 2-6)