Argyle Fox

Argyle Fox

by Marie Letourneau (Illustrator)


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Argyle Fox, with his signature style, wants to play outside on a springtime day, but the wind is wreaking havoc with his fun and games. As soon as he builds a card tower, climbs into a giant spider web, or takes up his pirate sword, here comes the wind: Woosh!

Mama Fox tells grumpy Argyle that if he thinks long enough, he will come up with something to do. Following his mother’s suggestion and inspired by her knitting, he works all the pieces of his day together and creates the perfect solution.

The story of Argyle teaches that failure is often a path to success and celebrates perseverance, creative thinking, and an old-fashioned springtime activity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781939100092
Publisher: Tanglewood Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 03/14/2017
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 541,811
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 12.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: AD540L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Marie Letourneau is a full-time illustrator and graphic artist, with a BA in Fine Arts from Hofstra University's New College on Long Island. Marie illustrated Is a Worry Worrying You? and The Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Fairies and was the author and illustrator for The Mice of Bistrot des Sept Frères. She and her family live in New York.

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Argyle Fox 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
JAMuckley 18 days ago
“Argyle Fox” by Marie Letourneau was a great children’s book about problem solving, about trying again after you fail, and perseverance in the face of adversity. Ms. Letourneau is both the author and illustrator of this whimsical and beautiful children’s book. Her illustrations are both vibrant and intriguing. They add detail to the story without adding words. The story follows Argyle Fox’s attempts to play with various toys and games on a windy day. Despite the numerous warnings about what to play with, he keeps trying new things and refuses to get discouraged. I loved the themes in the book as well as the ultimate message. I didn’t really find any “flaws” without it that would keep me from recommending it to others.
Anonymous 7 months ago
A beautiful book about a little fox who persevered and eventually found a new hobby and friends to share it with. I think this would be a great book to share in a classroom or library reading time. It has a good lesson, beautiful pictures, and a fun story with a good moral.
PerfectlyTolerable More than 1 year ago
This book is super cute! I love the illustrations and the story flows really well. Its very easy and fun to read! It is a great story about trying and not giving up. Argyle Fox wants to give up when he can’t find anything to play in the wind, but his Mom convinces him to think it through and try again! I would definitely recommend this book.
Bellasgram1217 More than 1 year ago
Argyle the fox wants to play in the wind. After trying with cards, webs, forts and having various other animals tell him it would not work in the wind. Argyle's Mom tells him he will think of something to play in the wind. Frustrated he sits and thinks and comes up with an idea. He goes about crafting his idea and even uses knitting. He finally succeds and is told what a smart fox he is. I really liked this book as it has the message for kids not to give up, keep trying. I also liked the illustrations they were very well drawn. I think this would make a great bedtime story for younger children and an good beginner reading book. I love children's books with a positive message. I look forward to more adventures with Argyle. I recieved this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
MusicInPrint More than 1 year ago
WOW AND WHOOSH!!! Not sure what I loved more the story, the illustrations, or the lesson to learn. NEVER GIVE UP the solution is there for you to find! This book was supplied by Tanglewood Publishing via Netgalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion."
Storywraps More than 1 year ago
Little Argyle Fox, named because of his fancy argyle scarf collection which was so lovingly knitted by his Mama, heads out on a springtime day to play. He discovers no matter what he conjures up to do the wind comes wooshing forcefully in and destroys all his plans. He gives up and head for home. Disgruntled he exclaims, "I'm never playing in the wind again, ever, ever, EVER again!" His mother sensing his total frustration wisely suggests, "Perhaps if you think for a while, you will figure out something to play in the wind." "No I won't," Argyle grumbled. "Think Argyle," Mama Fox said softly as she closed the bedroom door. Argyle took his Mama's advice and soon put his thoughts into action. Yes!!! He certainly could make this happen. With his brain popping from idea-overload he cuts, ties, knits, paints, tapes, and ... VOILÀ! He waits in the meadow to harness that strong, powerful wind and together they play and have loads of fun. All the other animals catch the spirit of play and join in the games too!!! I am so impressed that Argyle has such a wonderful imagination all through the story. He is creative and happy and able to play all by himself and truly enjoys his own company. He also has a very loving Mama who encourages him to be a solo problem solver. Good for her! "The story of Argyle teaches that failure is often a pathway to success and celebrates perseverance, creative thinking, and an old-fashioned springtime activity." I highly recommend this book.
ForTheArtOfIt More than 1 year ago
I received an eARC copy of this book from the publisher. Here is my honest review. What an absolutely delightful book! Argyle Fox longs to play outside and has so many great ideas: building a card tower, scary spider and web, pirate and soccer. The wind disrupts each of his activities and his frustration becomes evident. Like most young children, he eventually gives in to pouting and sitting. His mother encourages him to think through the problem and come up with an activity that he can do in the wind. Eventually, Argyle comes up with the perfect solution! This book has beautiful illustrations done in gouache paint that are only part of why I love this book. There are so many details to draw in the reader and young children will see details in each page. A big focus in education right now is fostering a growth mindset; problem solving is a big part of that movement and in this book, we see Argyle Fox face discouragement but then working through a problem until he finds a solution. This book will be wonderful with young readers to plant the seeds of overcoming problems and with older readers who can make even more text-to-self connections and open dialogue on problem-solving.
TheThoughtSpot More than 1 year ago
Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review. Thanks to NetGalley and Tanglewood Publishing for the opportunity to read and review Argyle Fox by Marie Letourneau. The Argyle Fox picture book is a beautifully illustrated story of a wind ruining a young fox's imaginative play. After the warnings from the friendly animals and the frustration of his play being ruined, clever Argyle comes up with something wonderful that he can play with in the wind. I like the details in the artwork showing Argyle's creativity and his comfortable home. 4 stars for a story that shows how well improvisation works!
ScotsLass More than 1 year ago
Argyle Fox by Marie Letourneau is a beautiful illustrated and entertaining book for a young child or a beginner reader. It is the story of a young red fox that wants to play outside even though it is very windy. All his plans for a fun day outside are ruined by the wind until his mother tells him to think about what he could play with in the wind. There is a very subtle theme of disappointment and frustration and how to cope with it well. The beautiful artwork within the book contains many different animal and items that might spur further discussions with a child, or maybe a game of I Spy. This book would make an excellent gift for bedtime reading or quite time. I received a ARC of this book from NetGalley and Tanglewood with no obligation to review it. This is my honest review after reading
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
I love, love, love (have I said love?) children’s books. No matter what “adult fiction” authors present, it is still the beautifully done children’s tale that hits you right where you live. It is also a true necessity in a world where children look more and more at digital screens than they do actual books. So parents, I present Argyle Fox. Not only is he a precious character who lives in the woods and is surrounded by really cool things – like the Badger’s Place and the Beaver’s Pond – but he is also a young man who loves to play outside! (Without a cellphone in sight, by the way). Argyle has one problem when it comes to his home in the forest. He lives in a really cool tree, don’t get me wrong, but in the springtime the winds will literally whip down the mountainside making it almost impossible to find a game to play that doesn’t get interrupted by Mother Nature. Readers will follow Argyle on a day such as this as he heads out to choose various activities that the wind most definitely interrupts. From building a card tower to playing “pirate” at the Beaver’s Pond, the “WHOOSH” of the wind literally scatters his hopes of having a fun day outside. Mr. Badger explains to Argyle that the wind will mess up his games, as well as the groundhog popping out of his burrow. But...what’s a boy to do? Well...Argyle uses his imagination. He thinks and thinks and thinks about a game that can be played using the wind as an ally and not seeing it as an enemy. Can you guess what that game is? Well, read the book and find out! The illustrations in this one are absolutely adorable. The colors are bright as readers get a full view of the true beauty that exists in the forest. Plus, the story is all about using your imagination and creativity and not giving matter how frustrated you get with something. The author/illustrator gets a huge A+ for this one, and a standing ovation from a fan who absolutely believes that children’s books must be a part of a child’s life for the rest of time. Quill says: Sit with your child and spend time with Argyle. You will absolutely love him and want to return to his forest again and again.