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The Desert Fox Family Book

The Desert Fox Family Book

by Hans Gerold Laukel, Rosemary Lanning (Translator)

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Introduces the desert fox, or fennec, by following a mother and her young at rest and at play, hunting and eating, in their harsh yet beautiful desert world.


Introduces the desert fox, or fennec, by following a mother and her young at rest and at play, hunting and eating, in their harsh yet beautiful desert world.

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Children's Literature - Catherine Campbell Wright
Laukel saw his first desert fox as a child, when he visited the Frankfurt Zoo. He began dreaming of visiting these animals in the Sahara and in this book, one in the Animal Family Series, readers can share in the realization of that dream. The text is informative and personal, and the breathtaking photographs introduce children to the desert fox, or fennec. As the smallest and most captivating member of the fox family, the fennec has soft, sandy fur, a sweet, almost catlike face, enormous black eyes, and even more enormous ears. They are also some of the most difficult animals to track, considering their remote and harsh desert habitat. Follow a mother fennec and her children at rest, at play, hunting and eating in this spectacular book with phenomenal photographs. One that will be read again and again.
Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
For ten years author/wildlife-photographer Hans Gerold Laukel studied and snapped pictures of the beautiful, big-eared, smallest-of-all wild dogs to create The Desert Fox Family Book. Whether or not the Saharan Desert is on the agenda, readers will find his chronicle of a year in the life of the fennec and her family an engaging read.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6The desert fox, or fennec, smallest of the wild dogs, is an endearing animal often featured in children's zoos in exhibits on the senses because of its remarkable hearing. So, even though it's never found in North America, it will be familiar to many readers, and they should enjoy learning more about it and the remarkable adaptations it has developed to survive in a desert environment. This gorgeous photo essay follows one particular family. Their habitat and its seasonal changes, the Bedouin people who sometimes keep these animals as pets, and other creatures that share their home are all brought into the story. Readers watch the four cubs grow, play, and learn to hunt; follow the mother on a hunting trip; and see a rare visit from the affectionate father. Laukel smoothly conveys the facts through text and full-color photographs. Though fennecs are mentioned in many juvenile titles on wild dogs, foxes, and the desert, this is the only book on the topic currently in print.Susan Oliver, Hillsborough County Science Library at MOSI, Tampa, FL

Product Details

North-South Books, Inc.
Publication date:
Animal Family Series
Product dimensions:
9.24(w) x 8.47(h) x 0.24(d)
Age Range:
6 - 10 Years

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