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Fritzi Fox Flew in from Florida
     

Fritzi Fox Flew in from Florida

by Leah Komaiko, Thacher Hurd (Illustrator)
 

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When Fritzi Fox flies in from Florida, her young hostess is at first disappointed. Fritzi just eats eggs (she's on a diet). She won't dance (it starts a riot!). Once lights are out, Fritzi unpacks seaweed, butterflies, a blue lagoon, and an entire combo/mambo group, transforming the child's room into a sun-drenched paradise. Full color.

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When Fritzi Fox flies in from Florida, her young hostess is at first disappointed. Fritzi just eats eggs (she's on a diet). She won't dance (it starts a riot!). Once lights are out, Fritzi unpacks seaweed, butterflies, a blue lagoon, and an entire combo/mambo group, transforming the child's room into a sun-drenched paradise. Full color.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
To the young fox who tells this tale, Florida holds a magic that can't be found in the snowy north. At first, the narrator's visitor, Fritzi Fox, doesn't seem too exotic. But when the lights go out, she opens her suitcase to let out a ball of sunshine. Then she and her surprised host soar to a fantasy beach; the seemingly shy Fritzi admits, ``I love to do the mambo/ Sing songs with my combo.'' Komaiko (Great-Aunt Ida and Her Great Dane Doc) experiments with limericks and varying meters. On a first read-through, these pose a challenge (``Hey!/ You could use a little sand dune./How about a blue lagoon?/ Monkeys, palm trees,/ A beach needs a sea breeze''). Her rhymes serve primarily as a springboard for Hurd's (Mama Don't Allow) loopy watercolors: ``That's her walking off the flight,'' writes Komaiko as Fritzi is shown parachuting from a speeding plane. Hurd, who aims for a careless charm, fills lazy, crayony black outlines with loud yellows, greens and oranges. While the book projects a type of studied whimsicality, its promise of tropical paradise may warm those chilly winter months. Ages 4-8. (Feb.)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2When Fritzi Fox flies in from Florida to spend the night at the house of friends in the snowy north, the child in the family thinks there may be some excitement. But their guest seems very subdued. Fritzi won't dance or sing, she eats little, and then goes to bed early. In the dark bedroom that they share, however, like a modern Mary Poppins, she opens her magical trunk, and out come a brilliant sun, sand dunes, monkeys, tropical birds, ocean waves, and other glories from her home state. Fritzi herself vitalizes into a mambo-dancing night clubber, and the evening brims with action and color. Thrilled by these visions, the fox child eagerly anticipates seeing Florida for herself someday. The clever rhymed text, vivid and humorous, is enhanced by Hurd's bold, watercolor cartoons. With the dynamic interplay of print and illustration, the single-and double-page spreads are full of life and fun. A high-flying fanciful adventure.Patricia Pearl Dole, formerly at First Presbyterian School, Martinsville, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060215071
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/01/1995
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
168
Age Range:
10 Years

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