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Flossie and the Fox

4.17  ·  Rating Details  ·  531 Ratings  ·  92 Reviews
A wily fox, notorious for stealing eggs, meets his match when he encounters a bold little girl in the woods who insists upon proof that he is a fox before she will be frightened.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 30th 1986 by Dial Books (first published 1986)
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May 18, 2009 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
Okay, this book is just so darn cute!!! Once I saw the cover illustration, I knew that I'd love it. It's a great folktale-y story with Southern roots and a spunky heroine who outsmarts the sly fox that has been stealing all the eggs. I know I would have absolutely loved this as a kid--the dialect is great fun for read-aloud! :-) The illustrations capture Flossie's spirit just perfectly (but, then, I'm a Rachel Isadora fan, so I may be biased!) Read it and grin! :-)
Feb 18, 2016 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Flossie and the Fox is an interesting take on Little Red Riding Hood. This is the tale of Flossie from Tennessee who is entrusted to take eggs to the McCutchin farm because a fox is scaring the hens. On her trip to the farm, Flossie meets the fox who introduces himself to Flossie as the fox...the only thing is Flossie does not believe the animal is a fox! The fox tries and tries to prove to Flossie that he is not lying, but you must read to find out if it works!

Rachel Isadora is the illustrator
Sep 05, 2009 Connie rated it really liked it
I love the story here. Flossie - who "disremembers" ever seeing a fox - has to walk through the woods where a fox is to deliver eggs down the road. So naturally, when she sees a fox, she tells him he's all sorts of other things right up until she's safe through the woods and the hounds chase him. Seeing the little girl out-trick the trickster is *very* satisfying.

I also like the language - Flossie's speech is full-on in her dialect. (Note: Some people may not like this. If you get het up about t
Julia Brumfield
Nov 06, 2015 Julia Brumfield rated it really liked it
Shelves: children, book
A wonderfully cute story that read like a variation of "Little Red Riding Hood" but with some major differences.

The reading is easy and simple to understand even with the usage of local dialect.

Flossie's cheeky wit and the realistically colorful pictures will make this a family favorite.
Nov 08, 2015 Molly rated it it was amazing
Traditional Tales:
This is a cute story that changes the roles in the Little Red Riding Hood original story because it is the little girl that outsmarts the fox. The story begins in a similar way with the mom giving her food to take to a neighbor (instead of a grandmother) who lived on the other side of the woods. Mother tells Flossie to beware of the fox that has been eating the neighbor's eggs. Flossie is quick on her feet when she meets the fox and makes him prove that he is truly a fox befor
Flossie is tasked by her Big Mama to take some eggs to Miz Viola at the McCutchin Place. She is warned by Big Mama to be careful of the fox that lived in the woods, the sly trickster currently terrorizing Miz Viola's chickens and eluding the hounds sent to catch him. When Flossie meets the fox, he expects her to be terrified. However, clever Flossie develops a plan: she tells the fox that he needs to prove to her of his "fox" identity. As they walk through the forest, he tries to convince her th ...more
Lisa Suchy
Mar 26, 2015 Lisa Suchy rated it really liked it
In this book, a little girl named Flossie is given the task of going through the woods to take fresh eggs to her neighbor. The neighbor needs eggs because a fox has been bothering their farm and now the chickens won't lay eggs. Flossie has never seen a fox and is very curious about them. Big Mama, Flossie's grandmother, tells Flossie, "fox be just a fox". On the way, Flossie meets a fox. Flossie is very nice to the fox and doesn't believe that he is a fox. The fox comes up with different reasons ...more
Mark Bolczak
Nov 20, 2008 Mark Bolczak rated it it was amazing
I've had it read to me...must have it read to me again!
Oct 19, 2015 Julie rated it liked it
Flossie & the Fox was a great, quick read. The Author's Note at the beginning tells us that this story is drawn from the writer's grandfather, a sage story teller in their family's tradition. The story centers around Flossie, a young African American girl who outsmarts a fox in the woods. I love the family background behind this story, as well as the brave and quick-witted female protagonist of color. This book might be a good read for students who like animals, being outdoors, or the story ...more
Shanna Gonzalez
Jun 05, 2009 Shanna Gonzalez rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-04-08
In a creative and sly twist on the traditional Red Riding Hood story, a little girl named Flossie is sent through the woods to bring the neighbors a basket of eggs, because a fox has been terrorizing their henhouse. Flossie has never seen a fox, but when she takes a shortcut through the woods she encounters one. He introduces himself as a fox, eyeing her basket of eggs, and she cheerfully replies that she does not believe he is what he says he is. As she continues her walk, he offers different p ...more
Sep 24, 2008 Cherina rated it liked it
Summary: Flossie and the Fox is picture book about a young girl who is sent on a mission by her mother to deliver eggs to their neighbor. Big Mama warns Flossie to watch out for the sly fox. Flossie begins her journey and before long, the fox comes to steal her eggs. Flossie is not frightened by the sight of the fox, however, because she has never seen one before. The fox is terribly upset at Flossie's reaction (or her lack of one). Flossie tells the fox he is really who he claims to be. The fox ...more
Grade/Interest: 3rd
Reading Level: 610L
Genre: Traditional Lit., Picture book
Main Characters: Flossie, the fox, Big Mama
Setting: journey to neighbor’s house
POV: narrator

Flossie and the Fox is picture book about a young girl who is sent on a mission by her mother to deliver eggs to their neighbor. Big Mama warns Flossie to watch out for the sly fox. Flossie begins her journey and before long, the fox comes to steal her eggs. Flossie is acts like she is not frightened by the fox and tells the fox th
Wit over wit; this story of a young girl, who is asked by her grandmother, to take some eggs to a family-friend; but her grandmother warns her to look out for a fox. Since Flossie doesn't know what a fox looks like, she is finally approached by one. When the fox tries to convince Flossie that he is a fox, and she is tripping the fox into believing that she doesn't know that he is a fox (but she does know) I loved reading this story and using different voices for the different characters. Even th ...more
Mar 10, 2013 Chelsea rated it really liked it
Picturebook Audio
McKissack, Pat. Flossie and the Fox. Norwalk: Weston Woods Studios, 2005. Internet resource.
August in Tennessee is always hot, but this day is exceptional. Big Mama, Flossie's grandmother asked Flossie to take some eggs to Ms. Viola, as a sly fox has been in Viola's hen house. “A fox be just a fox”, as her grandmother says, but Flossie is unsure if she's ever seen this type of critter before. Upon encountering the fox on the way to Ms. Viola's, she refuses to be scared of him,
Hayley Swanson
Flossie is a little girl given the task of delivering a basket of eggs to her neighbor, but is warned that there's a fox in the forest who loves to steal eggs. When she runs into the fox, Flossie outsmarts him by pretending to 'disremember' what a fox is, and demands he prove himself to be a fox before she'll believe that that's what he is. He becomes offended and increasingly frustrated throughout the story, going so far as to plead and beg with her, a testament to his thoroughly wounded pride. ...more
Robin Griffith
Feb 09, 2016 Robin Griffith rated it it was amazing
This is the story of a sly fox, known for stealing eggs. When the fox meets a brave little girl named Flossie, he insists that he is animal who should be feared. Unimpressed and unsure of what a fox truly is, Flossie shows just how tough she can be when she challenges the animal to prove that he truly is a fox. Despite the obviousness of this fact, the fox struggles again and again with proving it and Flossie, shows her readers that perhaps SHE is the smart one!
Feb 14, 2012 Nadya rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adventure, courage
Review: This is just a wonderful book! Flossie is a smart girl. The illustrations in this story are wonderful and have so much detail. This book has a lot of new words, (sly, critter, sortin’, particular, ’bout). It is written in the African American dialect. I think that the dialect is difficult for children to understand. This book includes different cultures. I would read this book out loud to young readers, but for early readers they should read by themselves. Flossie has a lot of courage wa ...more
Good for you Flossie for teasing the fox that he wasn't a fox. The fox had to proof himself to enumberous time to Flossie, but she compare the fox to several other animals in the woods. The fox had gotten frustrated to prove to Flossie that he was a fox. This is a old fashion storybook that author Patricia C. McKissack with the illlustrustion was amazing beautiful and colorful picture to follow the story is excitement. Flossie was asking the fox for his identity. As children we ask ourself who a ...more
Nov 27, 2012 Jonathan rated it really liked it
Now this is a little long for story-time as well but I still really enjoyed it. It's about a little girl named Flossie who is fetching eggs for her mother while an egg-hungry fox is on the loose. Flossie outwits the fox by appearing ignorant until she safely arrives back home and the hounds chase away the fox.

Make a story mat for the children to retell the story. Essentially it's a long piece of butcher paper that has pictures representing the different events of the story an
Mallory Bourke
Jul 14, 2010 Mallory Bourke rated it liked it
Flossie and the Fox written by Patricia C. McKissack is a southern version of the popular fairy tale of Little Red Riding Hood. The story is written in a southern style and you get the sense of that southern draw when the characters are speaking. I really enjoyed this book, which features Flossie as a clever young African American girl. The reader is able to get a sense of just how clever the character really is. The theme is still the same in that you should not be too trusting of others. This ...more
Sep 14, 2014 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Read this story today - an oldie but a goodie - in a new light. Never considered it a "Red Riding Hood" tale until this course I'm taking on traditional literature. I particularly loved the fox's high-level vocabulary.
Erin K
This is a great picture book about a young girl who outsmarts a clever fox. Use with a study on lessons/morals found in stories and talk about how we determine what the author is trying to tell us. Writing connection: have students write a story about a scene taking place between an animal and a person: what would the discussion be about? What would the problem be? Who would outsmart the other? What would the lesson learned be, and how would that be obvious to the reader?
Oct 31, 2011 Karla rated it it was amazing
Traditional Literature

The first thing I noticed in this book was the illustrations. They are absolutely beautiful and add so much to the story. This book would make an excellent read aloud.

Written in the African American dialect this book is a good way to incorporate different cultures into the classroom. The story of a clever girl that outsmarts a fox is good for several different reasons. First, it can be used to discuss an era different than the one we currently live in. Why would a little gi
Apr 07, 2013 Keegan rated it really liked it
I used this book for our Imagination and Creativity Unit at Joy School, because Flossie has a problem and she solves it in a clever way. Flossie is just such a clever character. The story was a little tough for my four-year-old preschool kids; they listened the whole time but they didn't completely understand. It was definitely too long and difficult for the three-year-old and two-year-old who were there. Still, I'd use it again with four-year-olds or older kids; it just requires discussion, whi ...more
May 30, 2015 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The last page of the book had me dying of laughter. Flossie Finley is one cheeky little gal, I never would have expected the book to end the way it did. It's absolutely hilarious.
Denetra Smith
Sep 22, 2015 Denetra Smith rated it it was amazing
My 7 year old and I adored this book. With the turning of each page, we both were wondering if Flossie would outfox the fox. We really enjoyed this book!
Sheeba Virani
Wow! This book depicts the courage and smartness of a little girl who outsmarts a cunning fox. The girl symbolizes love, intelligence, courage and empathy. It is an interesting way of teaching children that size and strength alone do not matter; the ability to think quickly and courage in your heart can help you win.

This book can be used to help children think on their feet. After reading the book divide children in groups of 4 and ask each group to come up with a different scenario and
May 04, 2015 Siomara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Little Flossie has to go into the woods by shed self and there se meets the fox.
Leah Wener-Fligner
Apr 16, 2015 Leah Wener-Fligner rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-picture
Flossie is great! Smart and resourceful and saves the day in an everyday scenario.
Oct 24, 2012 Jameisha rated it liked it
Shelves: traditional-book
I wasn’t sure what this book was going to be about but I assumed it was something about outsmarting a fox and I was right. Flossie had to deliver eggs but she had to get past the fox. I think this was a cute story because of how Flossie found a solution to her problem. I think this a good book to read because it could be a way to show kids how to be creative in solving their problems and how problems can be solved without blowing out of proportion. I like the painterly illustrations and scenes t ...more
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