Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Review - The Secret Life of the Red Fox

The Secret Life of the Red Fox

by Laurence Pringle
illustrated by Kate Garchinsky
Date: 2017
Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book non-fiction
Pages: 32
Format: e-book
Source: library

This gorgeous and lyrical picture book from renowned science author Laurence Pringle and debut illustrator Kate Garchinsky follows a year in the life of a red fox named Vixen as she finds food, hunts, escapes threats, finds a mate, and raises her kits—all the way to the day that she and her mate watch their kits head off to lead their own secret lives. Stunning, realistic illustrations celebrate the beauty of these mysterious creatures as readers learn important facts through an engaging and fascinating story. The book also includes back matter with more in-depth information, a glossary, and further resources.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

This is a gorgeous non-fiction picture book for fox lovers! Similar to titles like Kate Gardner's How to Find a Fox, this book gives lots of great facts about these fascinating canids, highlighted by stunning visuals (in this case, paintings).

As we follow Vixen through the seasons, we learn about where foxes live, how they hunt, their social habits, and the way they raise their young. At the end, the cycle is complete as Vixen's children head off into the world to make their own way.

I'd recommend this book to readers who enjoy learning about animals, as well as to anyone who's enamoured with the red fox. This really is a beautiful book.

Premise: 4/5
Meter: n/a
Writing: 4/5
Illustrations: 4/5
Originality: 4/5

Enjoyment: 4/5

Overall: 4 out of 5

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