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One Fine Day

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  3,214 Ratings  ·  294 Reviews
A delightful telling makes this story of a greedy fox's adventure as catchy as a nursery rhyme. Crisp, happy pictures add to the fun. Inspired by an Armenian folktale, the rhythmic, cumulative text will have small listeners "reading along" and matching words to pictures well before the story is ended.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published August 1st 1971)
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Feb 20, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children and adults interested in cumulative fokltales
The bright and evocative illustrations are what makes One Fine Day such a visual treat (and I can certainly understand why and how it won the Cadecott Medal). However, although I appreciate the cumulative aspect of this story (and think that there is an important message of give and take, of the fact that one often has to give in order to receive), the (in my opinion) uncalled for violence of the poor fox having its tail cut off simply because it stole milk from a peasant woman, rather lessens m ...more
Apr 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
A nice but familiar story of a fox who has lost his tail and must negotiate with a number of differ t parties, organizing trades to get it out back on.
Book Concierge
The book jacket promises a “story of a greedy fox’s adventure as catchy as a nursery rhyme.” I can’t improve on that synopsis of this Caldecott-winning picture book. The illustrations are beautifully rendered and serve the simple tale very well.
Heather Hilliker
This book is in the folktale genre, and it is written in a patterned format, with simple art work that seems not to be outlined. One Fine Day (Hogrogian, 1971) is a story about a thirsty fox that drank a woman’s milk and ended up getting his tail sliced off in return. He must adventure out to ask animals to help him get, so that he can gather more milk for the lady to get his tail back. Unfortunately, the other animals repeatedly request multiple favors in return for their assistance. The theme ...more
Lovely illustrations (earning a Caldecott Medal, in fact) are the star of this story of a sly fox who steals milk from an old woman. She chops off his tail in punishment and says she will sew it back on only if he gives her more milk. This sets the fox off on a journey to find all the things others demand of him before he can finally get that milk. It's a cumulative tale that might appeal to some children. I'm afraid the violence kind of kept me from enjoying what might otherwise be a fun little ...more
Sep 18, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: caldecott-medal
I like foxes, which is why this book jumped out from the shelf. But, I don't like the message it sends. The old woman reacts violently to the fox helping himself to her milk. It's too Old Testament for my taste, not to mention I really don't enjoy reading kids' books where you end up repeating yourself a million times a-la The Green Grass Grew All Around.
Sarah Rusk
Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
One Fine Day by Nonny Hogrogian was her first book in which she both wrote and illustrated. Hogrogian's illustrations were a great success. She combined pencil with watercolor to create smooth fur of the fox, bushy grass in the field, and wavy water in the river. Hogrogian's story tells of a fox who was very thirsty and therefore drank milk from an old woman's pail. The old woman became upset and cut off the fox's tail. The fox naturally became upset, and then goes on an adventure to get his tai ...more
Kiera Burnett
Summary and Critique:
The beautiful illustrations in the book redeem the minimal story line and underdeveloped characters. Although this book seems under advanced and minimally interesting, it uses the principle of high frequency, low variation, meaning that beginning readers would be better able to understand and recognize these words. The illustrations also lend to this concept as certain characters and scenes appear multiple times in the story, allowing children to become familiar with them..
Book summary: This is an award-winning book. This book is about a fox who gets its tail cut off by a women because he drank her milk. The woman would sew back on the fox's tail if the fox brought her some milk. The cow would give the fox milk if brought grass. The grass wanted water, the water wanted a jug, a lady with a jug wanted a bead, the man with a bead wanted an egg, the hen with an egg wanted grain, then a nice man gave him some grain so he can down the line of favors get his tail sewn b ...more
Guadalupe Sanchez
One fine day by Hogrogian Noony
Genre: picture book, fiction Reading level: K-3 grade Format: good

Reading the book One Fine Day by Nonny Hogrogian was really enjoyable in the fact that the book has a pattern and a rhythm. I liked how the picture illustrations in the book showed everything the text said for example when the fox was drinking the old ladies milk. The pictures show the worrying face of the fox when he is asking the cow, field, steam, sweet maiden, peddler, hen, and miller for help
I remember reading this picture book when I was young and feeling sorry for the fox who becomes increasingly frustrated in his attempts to get his tail sewn back. Of course, his problem is caused by his own greed in drinking an old woman's milk. Still, after she promises to help him out if he replaces the milk, he goes from one animal or human to the next in search of what he needs. Each one wants something in return. For instance, the cow agrees to provide milk if the fox brings some grass. The ...more
Aug 27, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a classic tale, a format that is fairly common, with one action building upon and dependent upon another until you get to the end. It is entertaining and has the familiar and comforting repetition that so many children like. Nice, colorful illustrations, too.

This book was selected as one of the books for the July 2015 - Quarterly Caldecott discussion at the Picture-Book Club in the Children's Books Group here at Goodreads.
The sunny pictures are the most fun part of this book about a fox who has to pay back a woman for his misdeeds. He drank her milk, so she cut off his tail. To get it sewn back, he has to replace the milk which requires coordinating the requests of many others. A good example of a story using repetition for effect.
That poor fox! I'm glad the old man finally had compassion and pity that he gave the fox something instead of requiring something from him. Poor little guy. He'd just been thirsty. Should have asked first, but still. This is a build-on story, and honestly as I read I kept hearing "Into the Woods."

Could work in storytime. Would be good in a lap-read as well.
May 05, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: preschoolers
An old woman cuts off a fox's tail. He pleads with her to sew it back on but he must get back the milk he stole from her. So he goes to the cow for milk, and he must get grass in exchange for the milk. And so on and so on and so on.
Randie D. Camp, M.S.
A cumulative folktale telling the story of a fox trying to get his tail back. A few morals can be taught with this story. Bright illustrations compliment this tale.
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
Caldecott Medal - 1971

She cut off his tail!!! Something about that bothered me when I read it. Everything about the story fit but oh the tail...maybe just my mood today.
Karely Felix
This book features a little fox walking through the forest. He becomes very thirsty and stumbles upon a pail of milk. He drinks most of the milk, and woman whose milk it was cuts off his tail as punishment. In order to get his tail back, he need to replace her milk. He goes to the cow and asks for milk to give to the lady to get his tail back, but the cow asks for grass in exchange for her milk. So now the fox has to go find grass... and so on. Will the poor little fox get his tail back?

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Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edlt-501
I love the illustrations in this book. This folktale adapted from an Armenian folktale would be great to teach sequence and will be part of my folktale unit. My favorite - "The miller was a good man and felt sorry for the fox. So he gave him the grain to give to the hen to get the egg to pay the peddler to get the bead..." It seems that everyone wants something from the fox in return for helping him, but not the miller, he helps the fox because he feels sorry for him. This would also be a great ...more
Rosa Cline
Jun 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids, 2017
Written in 1971 this is one of the original stories that is told in 'rounds'. A fox had it's tail cut off by a woman, and to get it back he had to go get some milk, to get some milk he has to go get some grass for the cow, to get the grass he has to get some water, when he goes to a stream for water the stream wants a jug... and the story goes on for several more until it starts going backward until everyone gets what they want and then the old woman sews back on the fox's tail.
Rebekah K.
It occurs to me, whilst enjoying the audiobook version, that video game quests have origins in literature like this. I am very much amused at the realization that we're all playing fetch quests set down by so many previous generations, it could make one dizzy.
A simple one, but nice nonetheless. I can imagine myself reading this as a child, and enjoying the animals and the repetition. I suppose that's all that matters!
Brianna Rice
This story would be used at different grade levels. I could be helpful to older grades when teaching about stereotypes in novels, or younger students when learning about the importance of not talking to strangers.
Tara Zufan
In this book there is a little fox walk wandering thought he forest, he was very thirsty and finds some milk. When he began drinking it and a women gives him a rather rash punishment of cutting off his tail! The fox is not on a mission to get his tail back, and while on this mission he meets some friends along the way. Do you think the fox will get it back?

The illustrations throughout the book are wonderfully executed making it clear why this is a caldcott winner. The pictures are shown on a dou
Nicole Blicht

Reading Log Template #4- European Folktale

Title One Fine Day
Author: Nonny Hogrogian
Genre: Picture Book, folktale, fantasy
Theme(s): Animals, adventure
Opening line/sentence One fine day a fox traveled through a great forest.
Brief Book Summary This Armenian folktale begins where a fox traveled through a great forest where he reached the other side and was very thirsty. Since he was thirsty he stole milk from an old woman. The woman was extremely annoyed therefore, cut the fox’s tale. The fox has t
Madeleine Page
As a reader, I enjoyed this book. The illustrations were very simple, but very well done. The story follows a tired, thirsty fox. He had his tail cut off by a woman, and that sends him on an journey to get it back. He has to meet many individuals and get a specific thing in order to get his tail back. For example, he has to get water to give the grass, and he has to get the grass to give the cow. This type of series continues on to the end of the book. As a future teacher, I could use this book ...more
Melissa Morgal
I was not very impressed with the story line of this book. The illustrations were nice but the story was about a fox getting thirsty and drinking milk from a woman's jug and the woman getting mad and cutting his tail off. To get his tail sown back on he had to go about trying to find things that people wanted. If I was to read this in my class, I would make sure students understood the lesson that one thing can impact others- but I most likely wouldn't have this book in my class.
Jun 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Title: One Fine Day
Author: Nonny Hogrogian
Illustrator: Nonny Hogrogian
Genre: European Folk Tale
Theme(s): Folklore, friendship, generosity
Opening line/sentence:
“One fine day
a fox traveled through a great forest.
When he reached the other side he was very thirsty.”

Brief Book Summary:
A thirsty fox drinks a woman’s milk and as a result, she cuts his tail off. She says she will return the fox’s tail if he can bring her new milk, and the fox’s journey to get his tail back begins. He is sent from p
Virginia Urban
I did enjoy this book and thought the illustrations were fabulous, however I felt very bad for the fox throughout the story. I know the book shows a lesson of helping others, but I did not like the the fox's tail got cut off. He did steal the woman's milk, but it was because he was thirsty. I would have liked the book better if the cutting of his tail had been replaced with something less drastic. My pity for the fox took away from my enjoyment of the story. When the kind man finally decided to ...more
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One Fine Day is a wonderful, and adventurous children’s book that has good reason for being a Caldecott award winning story. This book is about a fox that goes on a journey through the woods and when he becomes thirsty, he drinks up all the milk that belonged to an old lady who was preoccupied and was not paying attention to what was happening to her milk. When she found out the fox drank her milk, she got so upset that she cut off the fox’s tail. In an attempt to get his tail back, the fox had ...more
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