Thursday, June 4, 2015

The Adventures of an Urban Fox, Maggie Arrives, by Yara Evans

What a wonderful children's book. I would venture to say that this would be a 4th or 5th grade reading level, but I'm not good at guessing those.

But it is also a fun story to read to your younger children who will patiently endure the length of time to hear a good story. If they can't sit through the whole thing at once then read just a chapter at a time until their attention span grows.

Maggie the Fox is based on the true life happenings of a family living in urban England and having a red fox that visited their garden on a regular basis. By putting out food for the fox it came often. Thus inspiring the story.

Plot Line: Maggie the Fox comes into a garden where food is left for her many days. While here she meets a Black and a Tabby cat. The cats are not really too happy about Maggie coming around, but there is not much they can do about it.

Eventually they learn to tolerate each other and the Tabby actually begins to like having the fox around.

One day when Maggie shows up she is sick, the cats notice and start to plan with Maggie on how to get the attention of their human owners so that they can help Maggie get well.

The story is about 40 pages long, it details the growing friendship of Maggie and the two cats and then works through the crisis of Maggie's illness and need for help.

It really is well written, the few sketches included are colorful and well drawn, I just wish that there might have been more.


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