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Foxie, the Singing Dog

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Whether bringing to life the legends of the mightiest Greek and Norse gods in their widely beloved collections of myths, or retelling Chekhov’s tale of a little lost dog as they do in Foxie, the d’Aulaires excelled at the arts of storytelling and illustration. Foxie’s tale, wonderful to look at and delightful to read, is certain to charm both young children and early readers.

Poor Foxie! With her “head like a fox and her tail like a cinnamon roll” she is adorable enough to charm...

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Overview

Whether bringing to life the legends of the mightiest Greek and Norse gods in their widely beloved collections of myths, or retelling Chekhov’s tale of a little lost dog as they do in Foxie, the d’Aulaires excelled at the arts of storytelling and illustration. Foxie’s tale, wonderful to look at and delightful to read, is certain to charm both young children and early readers.

Poor Foxie! With her “head like a fox and her tail like a cinnamon roll” she is adorable enough to charm anyone. But all her young master wants to do is tease her—and he isn’t very good at remembering mealtime either. One day his pranks go too far when he lures his dog out onto the busy city streets with a tasty bone and loses her. Foxie is soon rescued by a roly-poly circus-animal trainer who spots her fl air for singing and adds her to his act, alongside a piano-playing cat and a strutting rooster. Opening night is full of surprises, though, and Foxie is overjoyed when she hears a familiar voice in the audience, calling out her name.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“The robust and mischievous humor of these fine lithographs on stone are admirably carried out by the text…This is one of the best of the excellent books by Ingri and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire.” –The New York Times

“There is a gay happy quality about the adventures of this appealing little dog that is enhanced by lively illustrations that go step by step with the story.” –Ontario Library Review

“The d’Aulaires have told the story of Foxie with such sincerity that it reads like a true story.” – The National Council of Teachers of English

Children's Literature - Sylvia Firth
The d'Aulaires published many excellent books for children over several decades beginning in the 1930s. They were awarded a Caldecott medal in 1940 for Abraham Lincoln. Now a new generation of children will be able to enjoy this beautifully-crafted book about a small dog "with a head like a fox and a tail like a cinnamon roll." Foxie belongs to a young unnamed boy who loves to play with her. As the story opens, the boy is teasing Foxie with a bone tied to a string. Soon, he puts the bone in his pocket and leaves to search for a new activity. Because she is hungry, Foxie follows the boy—or, at least, the smell of the bone. When a very loud band marches down the street, Foxie sits down and howls because the music hurts her ears. With the scent gone, rain coming down and darkness setting in, Foxie is very hungry, sad and lost. She goes to sleep in a doorway and is found by a friendly fat man who takes her home. Two other animals, a cat and a rooster, also live in this house. The cat plays the piano while the rooster crows and the man plays the flute. He is delighted when Foxie howls, and he declares she is a singing dog. After much practice, all the animals can also do many tricks. One night, he dresses them in elegant clothes and takes them to a theater where they perform for an audience. When Foxie hears her master calling, they are happily reunited. The splendid, dynamic, full-color and black-and-white illustrations are hand drawn on acetate to recreate the stone lithography the d'Aulaires originally used in their books. Most children love animals and so are certain to be delighted with this lively adventure. This is a good choice for story time, shared reading with an adult or independent reading. Place this title on the first purchase list. Reviewer: Sylvia Firth
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590172643
  • Publisher: New York Review Books
  • Publication date: 3/18/2008
  • Series: New York Review Children's Collection Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 1,016,502
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.26 (w) x 8.26 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Ingri Mortenson (1904-1980) and Edgar Parin d'Aulaire (1898-1986) met at art school in Munich in 1921. Edgar's father was a noted Italian portrait painter, his mother a Parisian. Ingri traced her lineage back to the Viking kings. They married in Norway, moving to Paris, and then eventually to New York in 1929. The d'Aulaires published their first children's book in 1931, followed by three books steeped in the Scandinavian folklore of Ingri's childhood. The couple then turned their talents to the history of their new country. The result was a series of beautifully illustrated books about American heroes, one of which, Abraham Lincoln, won the them the Caldecott Medal. Finally they turned to the realm of myths, producing their beloved Book of Greek Myths. The d'Aulaires worked as a team on both art and text throughout their joint career, publishing over twenty picture books, and receiving high critical acclaim for their distinguished contributions to children's literature. They were working on a new book when Ingri died in 1980 at the age of seventy-five. Edgar continued working until he died in 1986.
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  • Posted January 23, 2010

    Adorable Foxie!

    When I was in fourth grade, during our school's annual book fair, someone came to our class and read several books to us. I fell in love with Foxie. My parents bought the book for me, and now I have bought it for my grandson. Fun adventure, endearing illustrations, unforgettable book!

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