Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because we need good anti-bullying books in our lives and this one has a unique story.
Theme- Bullying/Standing up
Opening and Synopsis- Opening Lines: “Once upon a time, there was a wood.
Old and beautiful the forest stood.
The creatures there were kind and wise
and lived out happy animal lives.”
Synopsis from GoodReads: “ A happy group of forest animals are stopped cold by a wizard’s enchanted fog that whispers their greatest fears. The animals think they have to run away but a brave fox gives them a better idea. He shows them how to stand up for themselves and how to handle the problem at its source.
Join the fox and his friends as they figure out how to defeat a bully wizard—and have fun in the process! ”
What I Thought- I really liked the message in this book – if you find a way to stand up for yourself, you should do it. The writing is very playful, and has created a fun setting for a great story. The book has awesome watercolor illustrations throughout the story, too. They add an extra dimension to the book. The story has nice rhyme to it. I like how the book is teaching a lesson of standing up for yourself in a sneaky way – it’s wrapped in a fun story. The lesson of the story and the illustrations really make this one a stand out! I enjoyed reading the book.
Activities and Resources-
PACER’S National Bullying Prevention Center’s website is PACKED with resources for home and in the classroom. Visit the site HERE.
To learn more about The Fox Forest Band, visit the official website HERE.
To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!