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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Ferdinand Fox's First Summer

Ferdinand Fox's First Summer is a nonfiction photo-journal that chronicles the summer of a young red fox as he grows from a young kit to an independent young fox.

With beautiful full-page photographs, author Mary Holland captures fascinating moments in the life of Ferdinand. From nursing to playing, exploring, and hunting, Ferdinand and his brothers and sisters are captured on film so that readers feel as if they are looking through binoculars themselves.

The text explains each scene in detail, and Ferdinand Fox's First Summer is an interesting nature study in itself. The font is large and the text on each page is brief, so this book will appeal to the youngest of readers; however, the pictures and details grabbed even my teen's attention, so this book is definitely appropriate for all ages.

The author does a great job of describing the fox kits' antics in a way that kids will understand and relate to, such as:
"Young foxes learn about the world by using their different senses. Like human babies, red fox kits put all kinds of things in their mouths to see how they feel and taste. Ferdinand picks up anything and everything he sees, even sticks." 
My kids love nature study, animals, and science, so Ferdinand Fox's First Summer is already a favorite in our home. The extras included in the book include the following activities:
  • Red fox adaptations to their environment
  • Months of the year and fox life cycle changes
  • What do red foxes ear?
In addition, a complete activity guide is available as a free download on the Sylvan Dell website that includes more than 30 pages of cross curricular activities and quizzes, covering reading, language arts, science, math, and geography. I love using quality books like this in our homeschool to create enthusiasm and share the wonders of nature.

{The publisher provided a review copy for my honest opinions.}