Father Fox spins everyday talessome silly, some sweet, of a year with the Fox family. The family's affectionate spirit links arms with the economical splendor of the setting and do-si-dos to the beat of a square-dance call. Joyful illustrations will keep children amused while adults yearn for a crisp New England fall day.
|Age Range:||5 - 8 Years|
About the Author
"I grew up on a farm in Vermont with seven younger brothers and sisters. Every morning my brother Peter and I went out to the barn and did our chores. My very favorite job was feeding the baby goats their bottles of milk. After we had our own breakfast, it was time for school-but I never left the house! Instead, I sat down at the big dining room table in front of the fireplace, with my books and pencils, and did what my mother told me, because she was my teacher.
"School at home was fun and interesting and did not take as long as school in a school building. I usually finished my work by lunchtime, and in the afternoon there were always exciting things to do with my brothers and sisters. We went exploring in the woods and pastures around our farm, or down to the river to fish. We liked to swim in the summertime and sled and ski and skate in the wintertime.
"If I wanted to be by myself, I could curl up with a book or go upstairs in our big house to visit my father's studio. That was where I found out what it was like to be an illustrator, because that is what my father was.
"In the evening, after we had fed the house cats and dogs, we all sat down and ate our own supper. That was usually a noisy time! Everyone wanted to talk at once. But when bedtime came, the house was finally quiet, and the only sound was the squeaking of the mice who lived in the walls.
"When I grew older, I went away and lived in the city for a while. But when my two children were small, I moved back to the country, and that is where I now live. All around me are the animals who have always been my special friends: chickens and pigs, mice, chipmunks, squirrels and birds, woodchucks, rabbits, foxes, beavers and porcupines. When I take a walk each day with my dog, I see the places where small creatures live and carry on their daily lives, and I try to put that in all of my books. And I also try to put in all that I have learned about what it is like to be alive in this exciting world."
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This was one of the greatest collections of sing-song poetry for children of all time. I read my copy of this to tatters and have never found another copy until now. This is a must have for anyone with children. My wife and I haven't started our family yet, but rest assured we will have a few copies on hand for them. The loose story of the Fox family is both amusing and cute and the rhymes stay with you forever. It has been easily twenty years since I saw this book and yet the rhymes are all still there (see the title of the review... run run the pigs are in town!). The illustrations are good enough to stand alone without the rhymes, can you tell I like the book?
This is the best children's book EVER for kids who are past the "Goodnight Moon" and "Runaway Bunny" stage. To this day my kids (now in their late twenties) and I can still recite many of the rhymes by heart. It was reprinted in 2001, but I still had to pay a premium to get a copy for my younger daughter, who is expecting her first child in early 2015. (I did the same for her older sister in the late nineties, but she wisely chose to hold on to her copy.) My advice to expecting parents and grandparents: get a copy any way you can and treasure it! The beautiful illustrations and the easy-to-read and remember poems are classics.