Monday, December 13, 2021

A New Home for Fox - a bookwrap



A New Home for Fox

Authored by Ellen DeLange
Illustrated by Agnes Ofner


* Reading Ages:  5-11 years

* Grade Level:  1-2

* Hardcover:  32 pages

* Publisher:  Clavis Publication

* Pub. Date:  October 19, 2021

* Language:  English

Unwrapping Some Illustrations for You

The Book

This book addresses prejudice, acceptance, bravery, and friendships.  It encourages one to open up your mind to include others and not judge them before you get to know them.  It also will spark meaningful conversations regarding immigrant and refugee encounters. 

Fox loves his den and has many friends around him which makes him  feel safe, comfy and content in his customized living space.  Early one morning, while still asleep in his home, he is disturbed by a pack of wild dogs.  Fox is terrified for his life and without thinking takes off  running to escape the imminent danger.  He runs and runs at full speed  and enters into a new forest that is unfamiliar to him.  

Fox, exhausted and confused, digs a hole which will keep him safe and falls asleep.  When he awakens he discovers he is lost and he goes about knocking on doors of the various local animals only to be rejected and shooed away.  All Fox wants is to make some friends in the new forest but with the animal's intolerant and dismissive attitudes will that be possible?  

The illustrations are beautifully done.  They enrich the storyline and pull the reader into the plot perfectly.  This book would be great for anyone who has to relocate and has to adapt to their new place of belonging.  I highly recommend this book. 

Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!


Meet the Author

Ellen DeLange has been fascinated by picture books ever since she was a child growing up in the Netherlands. In the attic of her home, she assembled a small library and shared her collection with friends and family. As an adult, she started traveling and expanded her library with picture books from all over the world. Ellen also enjoyed inventing her own stories and was encouraged by her daughter to write her first picture book, A Story with a Tale. Ellen has a doctorate in medical sciences and currently lives in Canada where she loves to walk in the woods with her Jack Russell terriers, drink lots of tea after a busy day, and sail on the ocean to clear her mind.

About the Illustrator

Agnes Ofner is an author and illustrator, based in Vienna. She grew up in a small village in the South of Austria. There she roamed through the forests, stayed up late to read books, and thought up stories. Later she moved to Vienna to study languages and graphic design to pursue her goal of creating books for a living. Her first novel „Nicht so das BilderbuchmΓ€dchen“ won the Austrian Young Adult Literature prize. She dreams of one day having a dog (soon!) and moving to the sea (maybe not so soon). Coincidentally foxes are her all-time favorite animal.

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