Book review: Faraway Fox, by Jolene Thompson, illustrated by Justin K. Thompson

Thompson, Jolene. Faraway Fox. Illustrated by Justin K. Thompson. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, c2016. Unpaged. $17.99. ISBN 9780544707115. Ages 4-7. P7Q8

thompson-faraway-foxA young fox wanders through a blighted urban area, remembering the forest that is gone and missing his family.  Happily, he finds an underpass and travels under a busy highway to return to his family in a different part of the forest.   The author’s note discusses wildlife crossing structures and includes websites of organizations working “to improve life for humans and animals alike.”

Verdict: The stylized though realistic artwork and simple text effectively convey the loneliness of the isolated fox. This sad story shows the impact of human land development on wildlife. On a more hopeful note, the backmatter explains some of the strategies being used to lessen the impacts. Recommended for elementary and public library collections.

October 2016 review by Jane Cothron.

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