Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night

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A timeless folk song provides inspiration for some of the funniest, brightest drawings Peter Spier has ever produced. In the song, a fox forages for food in the village to bring to his family back in the den. The music is also included so everyone can sing along.

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Overview

A timeless folk song provides inspiration for some of the funniest, brightest drawings Peter Spier has ever produced. In the song, a fox forages for food in the village to bring to his family back in the den. The music is also included so everyone can sing along.

A Caldecott Honor Book, An American Bookseller Pick of the Lists.

The countryside of New England is depicted in the pictures accompanying this folk song in which a fox travels many miles to get dinner for his wife and ten cubs.

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Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
A different interpretation of the nocturnal activities of foxes will delight readers in Mr. Spiers Caldecott Honor Book. It's based on a folk song that tells about a fox foraging for food for his family.
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 3
This Caldecott Honor book (Doubleday, 1961) illustrated by Peter Spier tells the story of the old folk song, "The Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night," about a fox who leaves his family to go to town in search of some dinner. He is successful at the farmer's house where he catches a grey goose and a duck. The fox is too fast for the farmer and his wife and manages to get his catch home where his family enjoys a delicious dinner. Read by incomparable children's entertainer Tom Chapin, the story is told at a nice lyrical pace. Subtle sound effects enhance the narration and bring to life Spier's beautiful illustrations that alternate between full color and black and white. As the book ends with the music and lyrics to the song, the reading of the story is followed by Chapin performing the song in all of its folksy glory. A fine addition to all collections for young children.
—Veronica SchwartzCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385010658
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 8/1/1993
  • Series: Zephyr Books
  • Pages: 1
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Winner of the 1978 Caldecott Medal for Noah's Ark and a 1962 Caldecott Honor for The Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night, PETER SPIER is one of America's most popular and renowned illustrators. He has illustrated over one hundred books, and his work can be found in museums and private collections across the country. In addition to illustrating and writing, Mr. Spier is an avid and celebrated builder of model ships. He and his wife live in Shoreham, New York.

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  • Posted January 1, 2014

    Beautiful full page paintings that have an almost luminous quali

    Beautiful full page paintings that have an almost luminous quality depict the actions of the fox as taking place in
    New England  during the most colorful time of the fall season. The song amuses children, but the art is is just
    as much a love song to the beauty of a New England autumn.  This is a beautiful book in every way. Random
    House deserves thanks for including the music. 

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