True to the ways of the red fox, Eve Bunting's lyrical verse and Wendell Minor's spectacular paintings turn a snowy afternoon into a haunting, dramatic story.
Ages 4-8. Imagine the folk song "The Fox Went out on a Chilly Night" interpreted in slower tempo by a classically trained cellist, and you'll come close to the feeling here. Bunting's verse tells of a hungry fox who hunts through a winter's day and night until he kills a bobcat to bring home to his family. As naturalistic and delicate as the text, Minor's full-color artwork captures with precision the sights of the rural landscape: stubble rising in rows from frozen fields, moon shadows cast by sentimentality often associated with picture-book depictions of wildlife. From the typography to the picture borders to the shadowy figure of a fox that appears on each page of text, the design elements here show thoughtful attention to detail. A distinguished choice for winter story hours. From Horn Book, 1994
Encountering a number of woodland animals, a fox hunts for food on a cold winter day. After nightfall, successful at last, he returns to his den, and the last scene shows the fox family sleeping in a warm, furry heap. The imagery in Bunting's rhyming story combines effectively with Minor's attractive, naturalistic paintings to involve readers in the plight of the hungry fox.
Paintings from RED FOX RUNNING are included in:
The Society of Illustrators' 36th Annual National Exhibition 2/4/94
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