A 2020 Geisel Honor book!
Papa Fox is looking for Baby Fox, who is just out of his sight . . . but not ours! An adorable, interactive read-aloud for fans of Are You My Mother?
In this clever introduction to prepositions, a near-sighted Papa is looking for his baby. Is Baby up in the tree? Is Baby under the log? Is Baby around the corner? Where could Baby be?
Readers will delight in spotting the little fox on every page as Papa wanders the forest, encountering other animals all along the way, but never quite able to spot his own baby. Anne Hunter's delicate and lovely illustrations with their limited palette highlight the humor of this adorable hide-and-seek tale.
"Have you seen Baby, Mama Fox?" Thus begins a search (and a sly introduction to prepositions) that leads Papa Fox to search up in a tree, inside a log, over a hill, down a hole, under some water, and around the bend, encountering a number of un-foxlike creatures, some of them more polite than others. ( "I am not your baby. Go away!" answers a grumpy skunk, and an affable ox responds, "I am not your baby. I'm Davy!") Hunter's simple but lively pen and colored pencil drawings allow the deadpan humor to ring out all the characters, save one, are rendered in scratchy black and white atop a delicate blue sky, and the entire dialogue is delivered via hand-lettered speech bubbles. A small orange character hides just out of the searching animal's sight throughout the spreads until Papa Fox checks an obvious spot at Mama's behest attentive readers will spot early on that Mama Fox is in on the game. The dramatic irony paired with Papa's earnest calls of "Ba-by!" make this a winner for interactive reading, and Baby's final request, "Can we do that again?" will ensure this fun and gently instructive story is repeated. Ages 3 7. \n