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Flossie and the Fox by Patricia C. McKissack

flossie and the foxFlossie and the Fox by Patricia C. McKissack relates the story of a little girl who tricks a sly fox so that she can safely deliver eggs across a forest.  After being sent away with the load of eggs by her grandmother who warns her about the fox, Flossie encounters the wily creature.  In order to avoid his tricks, the girl says she refuses to believe that he is a fox.  As she makes her way through the woods, she insists instead that the fox must be a rabbit, a cat, and a squirrel based on the characteristics that the fox points out.  Just as he points out that he has sharp teeth and can run fast and THAT must mean he is a fox, Flossie reaches the end of her journey, and dogs chase off the befuddled animal.  On the last page, the reader learns that Flossie knows the true identity of the fox all along, but her game has allowed her to outsmart the animal and safely deliver her grandmother’s farm goods.

Pros: A fun book to teach using reasoning and sequential thinking.

Cons:  While I liked the use of African American language typical of the Southern United States, it did bother me that 
its use was not consistent.

Age Range: 3-8

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Sleepy Squirrel

Sleepy Squirrel by Amye Rosenberg has been a long-time favorite of my 2nd daughter, Abigail.  I think the reason she loves it so much is because she relates easily with the little squirrel who just cannot believe that she is sleepy.  Throughout her bedtime routine of eating a snack, brushing her teeth, taking a bath, and putting on her pajamas she insists sweetly at every turn that she is not sleepy.  Of course, by the end of the book she is quietly snoring before her bedtime story is even done.  While doing research for this book, I found it for sale on Amazon for over $1,000 –used!  Even though our copy is not in great shape, I will be keeping it safe from now on so I can read it in the future over and over.

Pros: This board book is easy for little hands to hold, sturdy enough for toddlers to handle the pages, and a short, but precious read for any child.

Cons: Due to the price, this is probably not a book you would want to buy, but one that could be borrowed from the library and kept in a safe place.

Age Range: 1-6

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