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Against the rhythmic background of turning seasons, a little fox learns that there is a time for everything. The rain, the clouds, the days all come and go as the little fox, guided by his wise and loving parents, learns to hunt on his own and bury his food, cover his trail and run like the wind. Now he is ready to go out on his own.

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Hardcover, 40 pages
Published February 20th 2007 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (first published November 3rd 1998)
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This is a very cute, sweet book about a fox kid growing up and learning the ways of life step-by-step until he is ready to be on his own. The illustrations are simple and adorable.
Bvlmc Buchanan Verplanck Elementary School
This poetically written picture book about the first year a baby fox spends with his parents growing up weaves basic non-fiction information about foxes into the story. The poetic language roots the story to the natural environment in which the baby fox explores and the parents teach him how to survive in the world before he goes off on his own. This tale is sure to appeal to young children wanting to assert their growing independence just like the baby fox wants to do.
Scott Roark
A young fox learns how to survive with help from his parents. In the end he can hunt by himself, bury his own food, bury his food, and run like the wind. Illustrations are made with warm fall colors. Book could be used as an intro to life cycle and growing up. The father fox teaches the cub that he must have patience. This would be a great book for a lesson that students write their own story by just viewing the pictures. Class could then share some of them together.
Inna Nako
Grade 1-2, Life cycles of animals, Life cycles of trees/Season changes

-this is a book that shows how a baby fox is born, grows, and becomes an adult fox
-describes the life cycle against a backdrop of the seasons changing and the leaves changing on trees
-very well done pictures
-can be used to teach text to self connections, bring up examples from real life about life cycles, or even letting go (the fox grows and leaves his parents to be on his own)
Pleasant story about a young fox who keeps wondering when he will be "ready" -- "Not yet!" "Soon!" "Amost!" his parents answer throughout the spring, summer and autumn. The end will likely tug on parents' heartstrings as fox is finally ready to strike out on his own.
Adorable foxes and engaging landscapes make the illustrations appealing.
This is a simple tale, well done. It shows baby fox growing up, eager to be out on his own, but needing to wait until his parents feel he's ready. Poignant ending when he's excited to be leaving the den but also knowing he's leaching his home. The illustrations are gorgeous - thickly painted in warm natural colors.
This is a a really cute book that could be used in a second grade classroom to talk about the life cycle of animals, specifically the fox. The book also hints at the changing of seasons which you could tie into life cycles and the time it takes to complete a life cycle or stage of the life cycle.
Delightful richly colored pictures of a baby fox growing up with his parents and learning how to take care of himself for 2-4 year olds who are becoming more independent. Other books by them include And if the Moon Could Talk, The Night Worker, and the Cat who Walked across France.
Raven Grider
The illustrations are well done, but the rest of the story is kind of dull. If I were to use this book in my classroom, I would use it in a kindergarten classroom probably on the first week of school to teach the students about leaving home for the first time.
Aaron Alexander
This is an excellent book that could be used to teach students in grades 1-3 about both seasons and life cycles. It follows the life of a fox as he is born and grows into an adult. While the fox is growing up, the seasons are changing as well.
Grade: k-2

Topic: seasons, life cycle

This little fox pup is growing and experiencing the world. He must learn from his mother and pay close attention to his suroundings so he can grow up.
A baby fox, eager to explore the world on his own learns that each new adventure will come all in good time. The paintings are warm and expressive. Watch this fox go.
Jason Penckofer
The kind of impressionistic style of the illustrations is cool. The story is a simple one that talks about growing up and becoming self sufficient.
Little fox is always wanting to go out on his own but he is not quite ready. A great book to teach the importance of parents and guidance in life.
Dec 27, 2012 Danielle added it
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Lovely parenting, in which the fox wants to go out into the world, his parents prepare him, and when he's really ready, they let him go.

A baby fox anticipates the time when he can go out alone, but first his parents must teach him the ways of the wilderness.
A little fox grows up, guided and taught by both parents. I love the simple yet detailed illustrations.
Jan 27, 2009 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: 2009, childrens
All about a baby fox who is so eager to grow up and be ready to go out on his own. Cute illustrations!
Mariah Christensen
The story was fine. The pictures were vivid colors and looked like oil paintings.
Megan D. Neal
My little girls didn't seem to find this story particularly compelling.
The story isn't amazing or anything, but the illustrations are really great.
Lovely story of growing independence, a favorite of my 2-year old.
beautiful pictures but very boring story.
A great story for kids with a painterly charm.
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Kate Banks has written many books for children, among them Max’s Words, And If the Moon Could Talk, winner of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, and The Night Worker, winner of the Charlotte Zolotow Award. She grew up in Maine, where she and her two sisters and brother spent a lot of time outdoors, and where Banks developed an early love of reading. “I especially liked picture books,” she says, “an...more
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