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Fox [Library Binding]

Margaret Wild
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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Sept. 1 2006
An injured magpie and a one-eyed dog live happily together in the forest, until a jealous fox arrives to teach them what it means to be alone.
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Wild (Nighty Night) departs from her playful characters of recent books for this haunting look at friendship and cruelty, geared to older readers. After Dog saves Magpie from a fire and nurses her burnt wing, the two forge a powerful bond. The one-eyed dog and the flightless bird travel together across a charred, leafless landscape, with Magpie feeling the wind in her feathers as she rides on Dog's back. "Fly, Dog, fly! I will be your missing eye, and you will be my wings." The mood changes quickly, however, when Fox enters his sleek, orange body curled around one side of a spread and sets Magpie on edge ("His smell seems to fill the cave a smell of rage and envy and loneliness"). The tension Wild invokes in juxtaposing their disparate emotions creates a disquieting feeling that Brooks (Rosie and Tortoise) mirrors in his artwork, especially in close-ups of the characters' eyes. His hand-lettered text (resembling a child's shaky penmanship) appears in oddly positioned blocks, with some flipped vertically against the page edges and gutter. The stark illustrations, in mixed media and collage, expose the characters' raw emotions with brusque hash marks in thick applications of mostly dark paint. Only when Fox cons Magpie into switching her allegiance and traveling with him do readers discover the depth of Fox's alienation. The tale ends on a tenuously hopeful note, and the images from this unsettling, provocative story will resonate long after the book has been closed. Ages 6-up.

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Gr 3 Up-The simplicity of presentation belies the sophistication of this allegorical tale that demonstrates the tremendous power of caring and friendship. Dog, blinded in one eye, finds Magpie, whose wing has been burned in a forest fire. He carries her to his cave, but she is distraught and bitter because she can no longer fly. Dog is a true and patient friend and an optimist, and his encouragement lifts the bird's spirits. ("I will be your missing eye, and you will be my wings," Magpie declares.) Enter dashing, flattering Fox, full of "rage and envy and loneliness," who attempts to destroy the friendship by luring Magpie away. In this short tale, Wild conveys some of the stages of human grief-anger, depression, and withdrawal and, finally, acceptance. Brooks's dramatic illustrations perfectly suit the text. Thick, textured paint in shades of brown, peachy beige, and bluish gray, detailed in black line and frequent scratchboardlike technique, sets off the rich, fiery tone of Fox's fur and allows readers to sense the excitement and danger that his presence engenders in Magpie. The text is hand lettered in large, childish print, sometimes on pasted paper scraps. Use the book with younger children to prompt discussions of both friendship and loss; use it with older students as a fine example of allegory and outstanding artistic presentation.

Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH

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5.0 out of 5 stars A good book for teaching critical thinking Feb. 17 2012
By GinaC
Format:Library Binding
This book is really great. The images and text are so unique, which is a great fit to this unique children's book. This book would be a great resource for teachers who are interested in teaching their students critical thinking skills.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An astounding multi layered picture book July 29 2011
Format:Paperback
As a story teller and drama teacher this book goes beyond any picture book I have ever used. The story in itself explores today issues of loyalty and betrayal.The graphics are creative and spell binding .The use of script intriguing and so unique. The possibilities for teaching literacy and values education are profound. The book challenges the reader to plumb the possibilities of creativity within the individual.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking discussion starter Feb. 7 2002
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This book is similar to a Shakespeare tale, leaving you with questions and urging you to imagine what will happen after the book is closed. I recommend this book for all middle school and high school age teens. It opens up discussions on friendship, betrayal and trust: concepts that are of great importance at that time.
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