Thursday, February 19, 2015

A Picture Book a Day for a Year: Day 306

Picture Book: Flossie and the Fox

Author: Patricia McKissack

Illustrator: Rachel Isadora

Summary: The author has created a fun folktale with a wise, brave young girl and a fox who is notorious for his treachery to the neighbor’s chickens. When Big Mama asks Flossie to deliver some eggs to the neighboring farm because a fox has stolen their eggs, Flossie sets off toward the neighbor’s house, wondering what a fox looks like. When the fox approaches, Flossie insists on proof that he is indeed a fox before she will be afraid. This conversation, a test of wits and the fox’s pride, continues until Flossie has lured the fox to the road where one of Mr. McCutchin’s hounds is waiting. Before the fox flees, Flossie confesses that she recognized him all along. With her eggs safe, she heads toward the neighbors farm as the fox runs from the hound. Flossie has outfoxed the fox!

Hanna’s Comments: I love a tale with a smart female protagonist! Here you have the added benefit of Flossie being so very young that even young children will be able to identify with her. Consider steering your audience’s conversation towards issues of bravery in the face of evil or temptation that lures us into trouble. Flossie handles her fears cunningly, but the fox’s pride tempts him to wander into a dangerous situation.

Publisher & Date of Publication: Dial Books, 1986

Age & Grade Appropriateness: 4 and up, Pre and up

# of Pages: 32

Available in Spanish? Not at present

Formats other than Book: Audio download, An amateur video is on

PBT Category: Pre 2K

PBT Topics this Book Connects with: arguing, bravery/courage, challenges, communication, confidence, danger, enemies, evil, fear, identity/names, journeys/migrations/pilgrimages/quests, pride, survival, suspicion, wisdom

Scripture Connections: Eve’s conversation with the snake (Genesis 3); be strong and courageous… for the Lord is with you wherever you go (Joshua 1:9)

Idea(s) for Application: Consider using this picture book when teaching the story of Eve’s temptation in Genesis. Draw connections between the fox’s pride and Eve’s pride. Praise Flossie’s self-determination and cleverness.