A girl. A stuffed animal/cuddly toy. The toy goes missing. Will it be found?
It’s not a revolutionary idea for a picture book; all kinds of great books have started with this simple idea: Knuffle Bunny and Hitty, Her First Hundred Years (a Newbery Medal winner in 1930) to name two.
Little Fox in the Forest takes this and moves it to a whole different level. It turns out the fox who’s stolen the toy lives in a little town of animals – complete with soda fountains and grocers – and even finding it may not mean it returns to its owner.
The ending is sweet, and the illustrations are wonderful—full of light and shade and colors that fit the scenes perfectly. This would be a great book for early readers who are a little afraid of the printed word. They can “read” the story and tell it without getting slowed down by those pesky letters.
Little Fox in the Forest by Stephanie Graegin