Ferdinand Fox's First Summer

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Follow this photographic journal of a red fox as he explores the world around him during the first few months of his life. He's about a month old when he first comes out of the den. Watch as he learns to hunt through play and by using his senses. See the changes as he grows from a young kit to a young fox. After all, by the next summer, he'll have kits of his own! Naturalist photographer and environmental educator Mary Holland has captured Ferdinand Fox's First Summer in a way that is sure to grab children's ...

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Overview

Follow this photographic journal of a red fox as he explores the world around him during the first few months of his life. He's about a month old when he first comes out of the den. Watch as he learns to hunt through play and by using his senses. See the changes as he grows from a young kit to a young fox. After all, by the next summer, he'll have kits of his own! Naturalist photographer and environmental educator Mary Holland has captured Ferdinand Fox's First Summer in a way that is sure to grab children's hearts.

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Adorable photos of baby foxes that fill the double-page spreads make this one hard to resist, even though it is a little light. Holland presents the first part of the red fox's life cycle with the story of Ferdinand, one fox kit she photographed throughout his first summer. Short, bland paragraphs of information describe how the five fox kits grow and learn, their mother nursing and grooming them and, when they are ready, bringing back food for them to eat. Ferdinand and his siblings explore the world with their senses, putting new things in their mouths to taste and feel. They point their ears toward sounds and explore their incredible sense of smell. The kits practice pouncing on prey by jumping on each other and play fight to learn defenses. By the end of the summer, Ferdinand is putting all these things to use to find his own food, and next spring, his own kits will be learning the same lessons. The consistent placement of text over the photographs in a san serif type is a particularly graceless design choice. Two pages in the "For Creative Minds" section in the backmatter list some fox facts and adaptations (repeating much that was in the text), while another two contain activities. Young animal lovers will be sure to check this out, even if they don't return to it for repeat readings. (Nonfiction. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607186267
  • Publisher: Arbordale Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/28/2013
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 961,520
  • Lexile: 930L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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  • Posted May 13, 2013

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    ¿Ferdinand Fox¿s First Summer¿ chronicles the life of a young f


    “Ferdinand Fox’s First Summer” chronicles the life of a young fox kit as it is first coming out of the den to when it learns to find food and become self sufficient. The large white print on top of the photographs highlights the type and makes the story easy to read. Real photographs capture the movements and actions of the fox as it goes about daily activities.

    All children love baby animals and this book is no exception. The pictures are large and cute, making them fun to look at. The author presents interesting details in an easy to read fashion. Teacher helps at the end of the book enhance learning about the life cycle of the red fox.(reviewed by C.Delorge, Librarian)

    DISCLOSURE: A complimentary paperback copy of Ferdinand Fox's First Summer was provided by Sylvan Dell Publishing in exchange for our honest review. Opinions expressed are solely those of the reviewer.

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