John Sandford, 1953-

Book - 2023

A fable about a reclusive fox who learns to open himself up to friendship.

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Picture books
New York, NY : WorthyKids [2023]
Main Author
John Sandford, 1953- (author)
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Ages 4-8.
Contents unavailable.
Review by Kirkus Book Review

How to make a friend? Hardhearted BrindleFox doesn't like anyone. The anthropomorphic fox's house is dirty and overgrown with plants. And one day a tree starts to grow from his back. Branches, leaves, and berries sprout; creatures build homes in it. A heron swings from its branches, and BrindleFox fumes, chasing her away; returning the next day, she gathers brambleberries. Soon, BrindleFox discovers a brambleberry pie on his windowsill and eats it. He asks Heron incredulously why she made a pie for him. Another pie follows--but, more importantly, so does a remarkable change in personality as BrindleFox cleans himself and his house, removes the tree from his back and saws it into planks, and begins to build furniture, a project Heron enthusiastically and skillfully helps with. Heron continues baking, and in the ensuing years, she and BrindleFox consume pastries while sitting on expertly wrought wooden chairs, enjoying long talks and deep friendship. The moral of the story? "To have a friend, one must be a friend." Children will appreciate this warm fable's satisfying conclusion. What shines through in the sweet, simple telling is its message about kindness and the idea that cold hearts can thaw through patience and understanding. The oil-paint illustrations are standouts, their lush colors enlivening precise, folkloric details and enhancing settings. BrindleFox and Heron--actual enemies in nature--are expressive, fully realized protagonists. (This book was reviewed digitally.) Young readers will eagerly befriend these characters. (Picture book. 4-8) Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.