Publication Date: February 20, 2007
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Against the rhythmic background of turning seasons, a little fox learns that there is a time for everything. The rain, the clouds, the days all come and go as the little fox, guided by his wise and loving parents, learns to hunt on his own and bury his food, cover his trail and run like the wind. Now he is ready to go out on his own.
As depicted by an award-winning pair, the gentle story of the rearing of a baby fox, together with sensuous illustrations, takes readers on a journey deep into the woods to tell a tale that all will recognize - that of growing up and moving out.
Author Kate Banks and illustrator Georg Hallensleben have collaborated on several books, including And If the Moon Could Talk, winner of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, The Cat Who Walked Across France, Baboon, Close Your Eyes, and The Night Worker, winner of the Charlotte Zolotow Award. Banks lives in the South of France with her husband and two sons. Hallensleben lives in Paris.
"Hallensleben's lush, brushy landscapes of sunny greens and moonlit blues, his coppery, winsome fox pup and Banks's wise, spare lines combine for a package sure to gratify preschoolers and caregivers alike." --Starred, Kirkus Reviews "Van Gogh-like sweeps of color indicate tall grasses, while splotches of paint deftly reveal the changing hues of leaves and sky. The endpapers show a silvery landscape bathed in moonlight. This picture book is a tender tribute to family." -Starred, School Library Journal "So often children hear "Not yet." This rich visual landscape helps readers feel that waiting can be a fulfilling experience." -The Chicago Tribune "Frequent collaborators Banks and Hallensleben compose an appealing, idealized story of a young fox eager for independence." --Publishers Weekly "Illustrated with Hallensleben's rich, thickly brushed scenes of the nurturing fox family exploring fields and woods, Banks' gentle story sends a message that independence, whether for a fox or a child, is as natural and inevitable as the turning of the seasons." --Booklist "Lush. Another lyrical Banks-Hallensleben picture book with a strong parent-child connection, perfect for sharing at bedtime."--The Horn Book "Tender. The blend of cozy safety and movement toward autonomy will speak to youngsters walking that line themselves." --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books