Aman, Kimiko The Fox Wish, illustrated by Komako Sakai. PICTURE BOOK. Chronicle Books, 2017. $16.99. Content: G.
Roxie and her little brother, Lukie, rush back to the park one day after Roxie remembers she's forgotten her jumping rope. The rope is not where they left it, but they hear the sounds of rope jumping and follow it to a clearing where a gathering of foxes are jumping with the rope. The talkative foxes happily accept help in learning to better their rope jumping skills, and the two species spend a happy afternoon playing together. As the sun sets, Roxie leaves her rope with the foxes in appreciation for the wishes and little bit of magic the afternoon was all about.
This is truly a sweet little book and I fell in love with it on my first read. The voices of the characters--human and fox alike--are so vividly written, I felt myself caught up in the magic of the story. The message of wishes coming true through the actions of others really appealed to me, and it would make a great discussion starter in a classroom setting. The illustrations are not bright or bold, but still very eye-catching and perfectly capture the essence of the story. I enjoyed this very much.
Pre-K, EL (K-3), EL--ADVISABLE. Reviewer: TC