Follow a young red fox on a snowy day in this striking glimpse of woodland life in winter from Jonathan London and Daniel Miyares.
Little foxling, where will you go? A red fox emerges from its burrow one wintry morning, a fiery streak against stark white surroundings, driven by hunger and curiosity to investigate its world. Encountering a mouse, a hare, and a wolverine, the little fox takes on the role of both hunter and hunted before returning to the safety of its den, where — perhaps — it dreams of something more. Jonathan London’s poetic text and Daniel Miyares’s stunning impressionistic paintings provide an evocative portrait of a fox and its place in the natural world.
Foxes and snow are a picture-book staple, but this one is different: It’s both winter-cozy and a realistic hunting story. “Hunger draws you like a bow,” the book’s narrator says to the little fox. “You must hunt!” A white hare — “no match for a fleet-footed fox” — soon fills his belly. Miyares, whose watercolor art is as stunning as always, shows a bit of red staining the stream as the fox takes a cold drink of water after his meal. —The New York Times Book Review
The fox exudes dignity and complexity, with the agile animal breaking the frame of an action-packed hunting page but also presenting as tiny and imperiled when pursued…words and art effectively convey the fox’s fluctuating role in the forest ecosystem. An ideal introduction to nature’s complexities, wrapped up in an unexpectedly poetic package. —Kirkus Reviews
London energetically conveys an animal’s primal concerns, while Miyares’s rough strokes and bold washes emphasize a winter forest’s web-of-life realities and stark beauty. —Publishers Weekly
Lyrical language with subtle rhymes creates an easy-to-read nature tale about a small creature surviving in a vast winter landscape. —Booklist
Miyares uses watercolor and ink to bring the story to life using simple yet powerful images…This would be an excellent book to use in a school library to pair with nonfiction books on foxes or the study of habitats. —School Library Connection
Miyares’s gorgeous ink-and-watercolor illustrations match the text word for word, providing a beautiful complement to the descriptions given. A compelling look at predators and prey and the stark realities of life in the wild. Recommended for collections looking for realistic winter-themed tales. —School Library Journal
…a picture book that captures the crisp loveliness of winter in the forest. —The Wall Street Journal