Winter Dance by Marion Dane Bauer; illustrated by Richard Jones. 2017.Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Brief summary: A beautiful fox sees that winter is coming and asks the forest animals what to do. He learns that the woolly caterpillar will wrap itself in a chrysalis. The turtle tells him to bury himself in the mud. The fox continues asking the forest animals and realizes that he cannot do what they do. He comes across another fox as the snow begins to fall and learns what foxes do.
Comments: This is a beautiful, softly illustrated story that explains how the forest prepares for winter. This is a great addition for those season book collections teachers request.
Watersong by Tim McCanna; illustrated by Richard Smythe. 2017. Watercolors and finished digitally. Published by Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers.
Brief summary: A fox goes into a watershed to catch a duck but misses and gets caught in a stream that throws him out when he falls over a waterfall to a forest below. He takes shelter in a fallen tree during a rain shower until it clears. He sees his mate under a rainbow, and they dance as he is reunited with his family on the return of a hunt.
Comments: This book’s beautiful full-paged watercolors illustrations compliment the gentle rhyming of the water. Clever rhyming with onomatopoeia water sounds. There is a section called Listen to the Watersong explaining the ecosystem of a watershed.
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Little Fox in the Forest by Stephanie Graegin; illustrated by Stehani Graegin. 2017. Published by Schwartz & Wade.
Brief summary: A young girl takes her plush fox to school for show & tell. At the end of the day, she sets her fox down and swings. A real fox comes along taking it into the forest. She and her friend follow the fox but lose track of it. They come across several forest animals along the way and ask if they have seen the fox doll. They come across a little village of animals. The girl shows the picture of her fox to several more animals finally leading them to where a little fox kit lives. The fox’s mother tells her daughter to give back the plush fox, but she is heartbroken. The little girls sees how much the fox wants the plush fox, so decides to give her doll as a gift. The fox kit gives the human girl a unicorn plush in exchange. The two human friends leave the forest and go home. The last page shows each sleeping with their new stuffed dolls.
Comments: The colors are grays, whites, and blues at the beginning and end of the story with brilliant colors when the two children discover the magical animal village. This is a story without words. Children will pore over this book delighted by the characters, plot, problem, and resolution. This will make a great addition to any elementary library.
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