Flossie and the Fox
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Flossie and the Fox

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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 (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...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...more
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,...more
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...more
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
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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...more
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
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...more
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
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.

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.
Corby Lancaster
Genre- Picture Book

Reading Level- K-3

Topic and Theme- A little girl out wits a sly fox. Clever deception

Curricula Use- Read Aloud

Social- Being clever

Literary Element- A little girl is smarter than a fox

Text and Pictures- Text and pictures go together to tell the story

Summary- "Flossie and the Fox" is a story of a little girl who is taking eggs to a farm. She is to be careful and stay away from the fox. She out wits the fox and makes it safely to the farm.
Monalisa Johnson-brown
Flossie was given a basket of eggs to deliver in town. She was approached by a fox who thought he could scare her. She played along with him and pretended that she did not know who he was. He told her to ask the cat if he was fox and the cat said yes. She also ask him things about himself to prove that he was a fox and he did. When she got close to the village the fox muscle up the strength to attach her when the hound dog came and chase him away. Flossie laughed with excitement.
Carly Brown
Level: Early

Genre: Picture Book

Curricular Use: Shared Reading (material for a class play)

Topic: listening to your elders, using cleverness to aviod trouble

Social: Good versus Evil, using cleverness to your advantage, outwitting an opponent

Lierary Elements: Humor, Personification, morals

Strong connection between the pictures and the text (the pictures really emphazise what the character are thinking and feeling), the pitures tell the story also
Shayne Cope
This book was a good book to show diversity within the classroom. It also showed another time period.
Flossie has met that wily trickster, the fox, also known as Reynard. He’s out to steal those eggs she’s carrying. But who’s tricking whom? Told in simple vernacular on the part of Flossie and elegant language by the fox, and featuring lovely pencil, ink and watercolor illustrations by Rachel Isadora, this is a tale of the trickster being tricked that will bring to mind such classic tales as “The Hare and the Tortoise” and “Br’er Rabbit and the Tarbaby.”
Adriana Trenberth
I adore this book. I think that the main character, Flossie, proves to be incredibly brave and witty in her dealings with the Fox. I especially like the way the author writes using the dialect, which makes it clear they are not on the West Coast("I be Flossie Finley," she answered with a proper curtsy.)
The book is beautifully illustrated, almost makes you feel like you are in the woods with Flossie and the Fox, on their walk to Miz Viola's.
Young girl out-foxes a fox.
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.

Lower Grades K-3

Topic - Subtopic: Adventure-Misc./Other; Animals-Foxes; Recommended Reading-Between the Lions; Recommended Reading-California Recommended Lit., English, K-2; Recommended Reading-California Recommended Lit., English, 3-5;

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