Little Fox Goes to the End of the Worldby Ann Tompert
Little Fox tell her mother all the things she’ll see and do as she travels to the end of the world.
Children's Literature - Nancy Garhan AtteburyLikeable Little Fox dreams of heading off to see the world in this imaginary "home-away-home" tale filled with fun and adventure. The enticing cover depicts Little Fox sailing head-on into an ocean of giant, colorful waves. The endearing plot unfolds as Little Fox tells her mother about her desire to set off to see the world. Little Fox envisions carrying a lantern into a deep, dark forest where she encounters bears who love her once she offers them honey, tigers who dash away once she beats her drum to frighten them, charging elephants she can escape from by climbing a ladder to a tall tree, and fiendish monkeys that like her once she offers them a treat of ripe bananas. Fox continues to share her adventure when it progresses into the mountains and to the ocean. Her mother is the perfect listener and provides a superb touch of support. Mother's antics include dropping her jacket to cover her eyes, wrapping her shawl tightly around her shoulders, tossing her apron over her head, helping Little Fox put on her jacket, and offering food. This delightful tale captures the dreamy ideas of little ones who long for safe adventure. Watercolor illustrations add to the book's pleasure. Place it on shelves in preschool classrooms and at home, where youngsters can enjoy it again and again. Reviewer: Nancy Garhan Attebury
School Library JournalPreS-K—Capturing a young child's yearning for independence, Tompert describes the story of Little Fox, who tells her mother, "Some day…I'm going to travel to the end of the world." Her mother's wise reply encourages Little Fox's imagination and conversation by asking appropriate questions such as, "What will you see?" "Won't you be scared?" Bryant's dramatic watercolor artwork frequently fills the spreads. The menacing look on the crocodiles' faces with their hypnotic eyes and razor-sharp incisors will intrigue children. Although Tompert's text was originally published in 1976, the story is as fresh as ever and will engage a new group of listeners.—Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA
Kirkus ReviewsOriginally published in 1976 with illustrations by John C. Wallner, this story has been buffed up with Bryant's watercolors. Tired of playing at the mouth of her den, Little Fox dreams up big plans to travel to the end of the world. Her mother asks her, "Is the end of the world very far?" With that, Little Fox's adventure becomes very big indeed, as she tackles obstacles one by one with her mother as the perfect audience. She easily handles bears and tigers, outwits elephants and monkeys, sweeps away crocodiles and captures the Four Winds. The illustrated "dangers" are mild in nature, with all the tension in the dialogue. Mother Fox's voice consistently places the emphasis on Little Fox's safety, which puts readers at ease. (This mother is the antithesis of the mother rabbit with all the answers in The Runaway Bunny.) Mother Fox encourages her baby to go to the end of the earth, with the reassurance that loving and open arms await her at home. As a read-aloud, it needs a strong and flexible voice as it is nearly entirely in dialogue form. (Picture book. 4-8)
- Scholastic, Inc.
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- Age Range:
- 5 - 8 Years
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