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Summary: Late at night, Rabbit runs home to his rabbit hole, escaping from a Fox in the Dark. Safe at last, he hears a knock, and it's a Duck who is looking to escape from the Fox in the Dark. Next follows a Mouse and a Lamb, each looking to settle in for the night, safe from the Fox. But who knocks next? Why, it's the Fox Cub, looking for a safe place because he's lost his mother! Finally it's mother Fox, looking for her cub! It's too late to trek through the woods back to the Fox den, so can they stay at Rabbit's hole? Can they all fit into the bed? This rhyming bedtime story is one that you can enjoy all day long.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 6; read yourself: 8 to 10
Interest Level: 3 to 6
Reading Level: 2.6
Age of Child: Read with boys ages 2,4, and 6.
Young Reader Reaction: My kids LOVED this book. I thought it would be scary or too long, but they selected this as one of their favorites each evening. My 2-year-old's attention span did not stay more than 5 pages into the book, but I was able to paraphrase other parts of the story for him. This book is probably better for ages 3.5 years and up.
Adult Reader Reaction: I liked the story, and I liked the illustrations. It is a story that has been done in other ways before, but it's still a good read. The text is very structured - three rhyming lines with a fourth line about the "Fox in the Dark". In order to make the rhymes happen, some of the sentences are twisted in non-conversational ways. It made it difficult to read, at times, but perhaps this is not such a bad thing; it challenges kids to figure out how to pull meaning out of the sentences.
Pros: Kids and their parents will like this sweet story with a happy ending. It is a good bedtime book, as long as you get to the part that is no longer scary (when we find out that the Fox is NICE).
Cons: The phrasing can be awkward or difficult at times.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. While this is a good book, it's not so good that you would want to save it for your children. Borrow from the library. You might like it enough to purchase it, but you might find another library book to move on to that is good, too!
Educational Themes: Although this is s bedtime story, there are still themes of acceptance, tolerance, friendship, and the risks of judging others
Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.