Fox Makes Friends

Fox Makes Friends

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by Adam Relf
     
 

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A lonely little fox masters the fine art of making friends--in a way he never imagined. The wonderfully original story, and its spectacular illustrations, will touch young children just beginning to understand the meaning of friendship themselves. In his first picture book, Adam Relf shows his truly remarkable

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((BURST: 50,000 copy first printing!))

A lonely little fox masters the fine art of making friends--in a way he never imagined. The wonderfully original story, and its spectacular illustrations, will touch young children just beginning to understand the meaning of friendship themselves. In his first picture book, Adam Relf shows his truly remarkable talent.

Poor little Fox! He's all alone in his room, with no friends at all. So when Mama suggests that he make some, Fox sets out to do that...literally. "What can I make a friend out of?" he wonders. Soon, he's gathered all the materials he things he needs--sticks, stones, fruit, and more--and built his first friend. "Are you my friend?" Fox asks. "Can you come and play?" But it doesn't reply and it doesn't move. What could be wrong? Only when a variety of curious animals come round to help that Fox discovers what pals are all about.
Adam Relf's moving tale of his friendship, and his imaginative artwork--featuring some of the most adorable animals ever--make this picture book a very special treat for children.

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Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
In this tale from newcomer Reif, a bored fox cub takes his mother's suggestion to "make friends" at face value, and constructs a companion out of an apple, sticks and other things he finds in the forest. After a little squirrel and rabbit-both as cute and clueless as Fox-pitch in to help "make a bigger [friend]," it dawns on Fox (with a little nudging from his mother) that "making friends" isn't about manufacturing them at all. "Fox looked over at Squirrel and Rabbit and suddenly realized that he had been making friends all along!" Reif's artwork is as genial and direct as his writing style, and his generously scaled characters take full advantage of the book's oversize format. The large pages also give Reif ample room for swathes of warm, velvety colors, which envelop readers on every spread. But the animal trio's cuddliness can't save the silly premise. Most youngsters know what it means to "make friends" and may well wonder how Fox could be so naive. Age 3-5. (Oct.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
A bored, young fox sets out to make new friends—literally. With sticks and apples he fashions a friend but is disappointed when it just stands there doing nothing. Rabbit comes along and helps to make a bigger friend using a turnip and sticks, but that one is just as inactive as the first. Squirrel gets in on the act and with a pumpkin, turnips, and branches makes an even bigger friend. That one too just sits there. Disappointed at their failure they are glumly sitting on a log when Mama Fox happens by and is delighted that fox has two new friends. The three happily play for the rest of the day and "stayed friends forever." The story may be slight but it is a clever twist on a familiar theme. What is lacking in substance is made up for in the illustrations that use a mix of acrylics, watercolors, and digital media. The artwork fills the pages and the animals all have appeal. It may not be a first purchase, but little ones who will like feeling superior to fox's innocence will enjoy it. 2005, Sterling Publishing, Ages 3 to 5.
—Beverley Fahey

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405053853
Publisher:
Pan Macmillan
Publication date:
11/25/2005
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
11.81(w) x 11.81(h) x 0.39(d)

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