Children's Literature - Sharon OliverFisk is a "quick brown fox cub" who lives with his mother, brother, and sister in a burrow in the woods. Fisk has a tendency to wander off, so his mother decides she will move the clan to town, where there are not any hunters. The move to town does not dampen Fisk's curiosity and he wanders about during the day when he is supposed to be sleeping. During his explorations, he follows his nose into a house occupied by a young girl. He becomes fascinated by her "magic box" (the television) and returns again, in time to follow young Jenny to school. There he learns of magic marks, which spell out "the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog". Fisk continues his explorations at school and is finally detected when he gets a can stuck on his nose while rummaging in the dumpster. He is caught on tape and later finds himself on Jenny's magic box during a special on foxes. This is a "Red Banana" in the "Bananas" series, intended for ages 6 to 8 that "helps children progress from the first stages of reading toward chapter books". It is a mediocre help at best. The stories are mildly entertaining but some things are a bit off. Mother mentions that she lived in town "before I met your father," but there is no mention of where father is now. Did the hunters get him? Mother fox moves from the country to keep Fisk safe, but does nothing when he spends all day exploring by himself. The adults on the playground are more concerned with videotaping Fisk than the safety of the children who run up to the stuck animal. The illustrations are lovely, done in very nice earth tones, and help somewhat in improving the book. If you need a large collection of very short stories, it is not a bad choice; it's just notan outstanding one.
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