McGrory, Anik The Christmas Fox. PICTURE BOOK. Alfred A. Knopf, 2016. $16.99. Content: G.
A little fox is invited by numerous other animals to join in readying a place for a special baby who is set to arrive. Each time the fox chooses to stay behind because he does not have anything to give or add to the preparations. When he finally comes to the place, he does in fact bring joy. And that is enough.
This is a simple and beautiful addition to a Christmas library. I loved the illustrations, the childlike innocence of the fox, and especially the message. The story might be especially appealing to younger readers who need to be reminded that everybody can do something to help.
Pre-K, EL (K-3), EL—ADVISABLE. Reviewer: TC