Red Fox Running

Red Fox Running

by Eve Bunting, Wendell Minor
     
 

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Red Fox runs on and on through the snow in search of food for his family. Then he makes the long trek back to his den where his mate and cubs are waiting. "[Bunting's] lyrical language and Minor's large-format art render this an ideal choice to read aloud or independently." School Library Journal See more details below

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Red Fox runs on and on through the snow in search of food for his family. Then he makes the long trek back to his den where his mate and cubs are waiting. "[Bunting's] lyrical language and Minor's large-format art render this an ideal choice to read aloud or independently." School Library Journal

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Bunting's rhymes freeze-frame moments of a red fox's winter day. The urgent tempo of the narrative echoes the animal's growing hunger: ``Red fox running, / Running through the snow, / White sky above / And white earth below. / . . . / Hunger runs beside you / On this cold and frozen day.'' Elegant metaphors (the silence of an eagle's shadow, the loneliness of being left behind by migrating cranes) convey the emptiness within the starving fox. But ``red fox, weary'' turns to ``red fox, joyous'' when he sniffs out prey and returns to feed his family. The book hints at the cost of the hunt--``Your paws are raw and bleeding, / Your body's sore and spent''--but identifies the unlucky victim only in the illustrations, as a vague furriness. Facing each page of verse is a full-page painting; alternating with these are textless full-spread depictions of the fox's outdoor world. Minor's grainy paintings combine down-to-earth representations with an ethereal use of lighting. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
Ms. Bunting's lyrical poem is beautifully illustrated in gouache and watercolors by Wendell Minor. The poem follows a red fox as it hunts one cold wintry night.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-Bunting draws readers into the winter world of a red fox. In a simple, rhyming text-eight short lines per page-its quest for food unfolds. Suspense builds as it runs through the snow encountering other woodland creatures (will one become its prey?). As night falls, the animal wearies and becomes vulnerable itself. Finally, a meal is captured-details of the kill are discreetly omitted from both text and illustrations-and the creature staggers home with its ``prize'' to a cozy den and hungry cubs. The serious topic brings to mind a documentary, but the verse and fine watercolor paintings heighten its drama. Sweeping landscapes dominated by snowy ground, bleak skies, and rich evergreens appear regularly on double-page spreads that alternate comfortably with the sedately framed white pages of measured text. Compelling closeups of the wildlife are appropriately naturalistic and marvelously textured. Overall, Bunting provides an unromanticized glimpse of survival in the wild. Her lyrical language and Minor's large-format art render this an ideal choice to read aloud or independently.-Valerie Lennox, Jacksonville Public Library, FL
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"[Bunting's] lyrical language and Minor's large-format art render this an ideal choice to read aloud or independently." School Library Journal

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395797235
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
10/28/1996
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.81(w) x 11.75(h) x 0.13(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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"[Bunting's] lyrical language and Minor's large-format art render this an ideal choice to read aloud or independently." School Library Journal

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