Going to Squintum's: A Foxy Folktale

Going to Squintum's: A Foxy Folktale

by Jennifer Westwood, Fiona French

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 3 The crafty fox is back to his old tricks in this retelling of an English folk tale. From his first appearance on the title page, his sly smile just visible from behind blossom-studded bushes, to his final nasty confrontation with a large, angry watchdog, Fox's roundabout journey to Squintum's is a delight to the eye and ear. French's full-color watercolor and gouache illustrations in a primitive-realistic style capture the humor of the tale, giving each house and its inhabitants a distinctive personality without interfering with the rhythmic, repetitive text. Playing upon the curiosity of the woman at each house he visits, Fox parlays his ``catch'' of a bumblebee into a succulent meal of young boy. The wily protagonist's abrupt demise, effected by the dog, is more harsh than the ending in Paul Galdone's version of this tale, in which Fox is simply frightened and chased away by the dog. Even if What's in Fox's Sack? (Clarion, 1982) is already in the collection, this version is worth considering. The large, colorful illustrations and simple text make it a perfect choice for story hours, and young independent readers will delight in discovering Fox's hiding place as he watches the results each time he leaves his bag. The enjoyment of folklore is only enhanced by repetition and original visual portrayals such as this. Its value is that numerous retellings do not diminish its freshness. Each time Fox sets out for Squintum's, we're delighted to go along. Martha Rosen, Edgewood School Library, Scarsdale, N.Y.

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Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
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Edition description:
1st ed
Product dimensions:
0.10(w) x 0.10(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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