Along Came a Fox
Down by the moonlit lake, Bramble fox is in for a BIG SURPRISE... There's another fox! "That fox startled me!" grumped Bramble. "How RUDE!" Will these two foxes be able to be friends?
What I loved: The illustrations are so lovely in this book, with lush background scenes and beautiful colors. The animals are so adorable as well, and I love Bramble, Twig, and Hazel, all the friends who set out to see fireflies together. There are some subtle messages about support from friends, with Hazel giving Bramble a hug when she is upset and Twig providing a listening ear, and about putting your best paw forward.
What left me wanting more: The lesson is spelled out at the end, and I am not sure that this was the one that I most took away from the story (children will know that the reflections are not real animals). I guess that is why it is stated rather than just understood/shown (because it may not be taken away otherwise). Also, as a small thing, the black font over the blue water is difficult to read in low lighting, such as at bedtime.
Final verdict: Lush illustrations and adorable characters make ALONG CAME A FOX an interesting picture book read. With a lesson clearly spelled out, this would be one for children who are early in learning deductive reading/critical thinking.