FOX AND THE FIRE by Miska Miles
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Like the author/illustrator's Mississippi Possum (1965), p. 235-J73), which had a similar format, this story describes a wild animal caught in an emergency situation which forces it into an unusual proximity to humans. A red fox in the middle of winter has had little to eat; while chasing after a rabbit he almost gets caught in a forest fire. His flight takes him to a farmhouse. After he returned to his barren home he remembered the chickens, went back and attacked one, but was chased away by a farm dog, then managed to sustain himself in the regenerating forest. The cycle is described in prose which, though short and easy to read, is always vivid. The story is intended for children with minimal reading skills, and it offers simplicity rather than over-simplification. The illustrations are an excellent accompaniment to the text, and the terrified animals in flight are particularly well done.

Pub Date: Feb. 17th, 1966
Publisher: Little, Brown-A.M.P.