by Princesse Camcam
In this wordless picture book, a lone fox travels through the cold night to find shelter from the blowing snow. In the village, fox is shooed away from windows and doors by unwelcoming townsfolk. A young boy watches from his bedroom window as fox sneaks into a nearby greenhouse. Wishing to help, the boy delivers a basket of food to fox, only to encounter an unexpected surprise.
Even without words, this little book has a big impact. A tale of kindness and giving that is perfect for the season. Readers wrapped up in the magic of the story and the detail of the illustrations will want to enjoy it again and again.
Sidenote: Adults, if you are enjoying this book with a child, explain that you are about to read a wordless picture book, which means the story is told completely through the illustrations. On the first spread, model narrating the story. Note important story elements such as the characters and setting. Then go through the book slowly, allowing a few seconds of silence at each page turn to take in the images. Ask the child to tell what is happening on each page. You can support new readers in this activity by asking leading questions and providing key vocabulary. Most of all, enjoy!
Recommended for ages 3 and up.
(Jocelyn, Davis Library)
Sources: Empowering the Youngest Readers: Reading Without Words (http://www.randomhouse.com)