This gorgeous and lyrical picture book follows a year in the life of a red fox named Vixen.
Kids will learn about a common backyard neighbor as they read how Vixen finds food, hunts, escapes threats, finds a mate, and raises her kits—all the way to the day that she and her mate watch their kits head off to lead their own secret lives. Stunning, realistic illustrations celebrate the beauty of these mysterious creatures as readers learn important facts through an engaging and fascinating story. The book also includes back matter with more in-depth information, a glossary, and further resources.
About the Author
Laurence Pringle has written more than one hundred books for children, including the Strange and Wonderful series and most recently, The Secret Life of the Red Fox, among other award-winning science titles. Internationally, his books have sold more than three million copies. He lives in West Nyack, New York. laurencepringle.com.
Kate Garchinsky illustrates children's books and educational media in her studio in the woodlands west of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Kate is a fellowship recipient of the Don and Virginia Eckelberry Endowment for nature artists at the Academy of Natural Sciences. Prior to creating children's books, Kate designed toys, apps, birdbaths, and trail maps. She lives with her husband Brian, Julia and Spencer the cats, and her one-eyed beagle, Maggie May. Get to know her more at kategarchinsky.com.
★ "This intimate and personal view...is chronicled through a beautifully cohesive relationship between text and illustration. Facts and definitions are seamlessly woven into the narrative. ...The art...convey(s) intensity and precision... (and) fuels the foxlike moments with emotion. A rich reading experience awaits those who pick up this title." —School Library Journal, starred review
"Visually captivating introduction to the red fox's secret life...Pringle thoughtfully explains how red foxes are canines, omnivores and predators...with specialized vocabulary printed in italics in the narrative and defined in a glossary. Intimate scenes...alternate with panoramic vistas, capturing the essence of the red fox and her world...(the) illustrations add depth, drama, and detail to the informative, entertaining text." —Kirkus Reviews
"This nonfiction book gives the reader a taste of the day-to-day activities of Vixen the red fox in an inviting story format. Detailed descriptions draw the reader into Vixen's daily routine...(and) the author provides accurate information, using words that assist in building a strong vocabulary. Students will enjoy picking up this book and exploring the world of the red fox. Recommended." —School Library Connection