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Flossie and the Fox

4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  400 ratings  ·  79 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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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! :-)
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
Lisa Suchy
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
I've had it read to me...must have it read to me again!
Shanna Gonzalez
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
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
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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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
Kimberly Hall
This is such a cute book! I love that it's set in the South and is a southern twist on Little Red Riding Hood. The Southern dialect is fun to read and the illustrations are beautiful.
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
Leah Wener-Fligner
Flossie is great! Smart and resourceful and saves the day in an everyday scenario.
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
Apr 29, 2015 Stephanie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Stephanie by: ListenAlaska
Love the author reading her own book. Lots of fun!
Nicole C
One of my all time favorite picture books. "Flossie!"
Sarah Leesman
Flossie & the Fox is a classic story with many parallels to Little Red Riding Hood. Flossie meets a fox in the woods and the fox spends the book trying to convince Flossie that he is really a fox. Flossie spends the book insulting the fox by comparing him to inferior animals. This story has a great yet predictable ending when Flossie outsmarts the fox. The pictures in this story are good but the last picture will be ingrained in my memory for awhile. The last picture is by far the best as I ...more
Ryan Treaster
Flossie is a wonderful book for younger students . Flossie's mother ask her to take a basket of eggs through the woods but she warns her that there is a fox on the loose. Completely unaware of what fox is or looks like, Flossie courageously walks through the woods on her way to deliver the eggs.

Reading level- Early Readers
Curricular Uses- Read aloud or independent reading
Social Issues- Great book discussing the idea of courage . Teaches students to be courageous and not fear anything.

Great artwork.
Shannon Amici
Reading level- 1-3

Genre-Picture book

Topic-Listening to others who may know better

Social-Courage, good vs bad

Curricula Use- shared reading, readers theatre

Literary Elements-personification, humor

Text and pictures-pictures really depict what the characters are doing and going through in the story.

Summary- Story about a fox who goes around stealing eggs. He is taken aback when he meets a little girl in the woods who claims she is a fox and tries to prove it so she doesn't get scared.
Shawn Cunningham
This book tells of a girl who was determined to get a package to the neighbor. Although she knows what a fox it, she pretends to not know and fools the fox the whole way, where she makes it over safely.

Illustrator: Rachel Isadora
Publisher: Dial
Publication Date: 1986

Audience: young readers 4-8 yrs.
specific use: guided practice
social issues: being aware of your surroundings
literacy elements: trickery
text: the fox tells the girl all the different types of traits a fox has and describes them.
Nov 08, 2014 Twotwo marked it as to-read
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deep-south accent is hard for me to read and sound natural but we still really liked this book; Flossie outwits the fox and kids love that
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