By: Emily Hawkins
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Publication Date: October 2009
Reviewed by: Deb Fowler
Review Date: December 4, 2009
Little Fox rolled on his back amid the colorful flowers and then he romped through the meadow. He was daring and often "strayed a long way from home," but this didn't bother him because he was a fearless little guy. One day he saw a snow goose sitting on her nest and decided to surprise her. He decided to slink down in the grass and stalk her. "Boo!” He startled the white snow goose and received "Honk!" in reply. The beautiful goose flew away. Little Fox saw the lone egg and nestled around it to keep the "egg safe and warm." The baby gosling began to peck at the shell and soon emerged, asking him if he was his mother.
Little Goose was disappointed when she received the answer, but Little Fox said he would care for her and together they would search for Little Goose’s mother. Little ones always are full of questions and Little Fox was busy answering them. He told his new charge that geese do fly and when Little Goose heard that, she tried her best to reach the sky. PLOP! She wasn't old enough, but Little Fox reassured her that "All you need is practice." They played through the summer and many lessons were learned. Winter was coming and the snow geese would soon take to the air to fly south. Time was getting short… would Little Goose find her mother?
This is an endearing story of charm and wonder that old and young alike will enjoy. I loved the simple story of friendship that was made even more important because Little Fox realized the special bond and needs that Little Goose had for the mother she never knew. Close friendships, especially selfless ones, are hard to come by. This is one book that holds many lessons for young and old alike. The art work was gorgeous. Each illustration had raised points that can be felt by running your hand over the page.
Quill says: This is one charming story of friendship you won't want to pass up!
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