Fox and Squirrel

Fox and Squirrel

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A big friendship triumphs over small differences in this irresistible story from the author and illustrator of Chicken, Pig, Cow!

When Fox and Squirrel get together, Squirrel can only see their differences. Squirrel is small and Fox is big; Squirrel lives in a nest and Fox in a burrow; Squirrel likes the day and Fox, the night. But as their friendship grows, Fox gently points out that their differences are good, and more than that, they have many things in common too. Even Squirrel begins to see that maybe they are not so different after all!

This irresistible story about the adventures of two lovable friends is told through expressive watercolour illustrations full of energy, humour, and warmth. The simple text and joyful art deliver a heartwarming tale with a subtle but profound message about friendship, acceptance, and working together.

Publisher: Toronto : North Winds Press, c2013
ISBN: 9781443119146
Branch Call Number: E OHI
Characteristics: 29 p. :,col. ill ;,25 cm


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forbesrachel Oct 13, 2013

It's not about the differences, but about finding the similarities. Squirrel starts off by noticing only how Fox and he are not alike, but progresses towards thinking otherwise as Fox continuously gives examples to the contrary. Due to how it is written, the feel starts off as rather negative, only gradually changing into a more positive emotion through Fox's persistence. Highlighting their differences is the red used for Fox, and the purple for Squirrel, yet similarities in their design also get pointed out later.

Into this mix comes Rat, who is incapable of seeing past their outward dissimilarities. Fox too addresses this, pointing out their common interests, needs, and feelings.

Rather than focusing on how people come to hate others, the author shows how people become friends. Commonalities exist between individuals, cultures, and even species, it just requires an open mind and heart to find these out.

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