HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: The Fox
Author: Angela Royston
Illustrator: Bernard Robinson
Publisher: Kingfisher Books Ltd., republished in 1988
ISBN-13: 978-0531090664 (Hardcover)
ISBN-10: 0531090663 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 978-0824982447 (Paperback)
ISBN-10: 0824982444 (Paperback)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Rating: 4 stars (GOOD)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Royston, Angela. The Fox (originally published in 1978 by Warwick Press; republished in 1988 by Kingfisher Books Ltd.). When our older son Mark was studying science in second grade, one of the featured animals was the fox, so we checked this book, which is part of the Animal Life Series and discusses the behavior, habitat, and natural enemies of the red fox, out of the library for further reading. The red fox (Vulpes vulpes) is the largest of the true foxes and the most geographically spread member of the Carnivora, being distributed across the entire Northern Hemisphere from the Arctic Circle to North Africa, Central America, and Asia, including all of North America. We have seen foxes in the wild not only where we live now in rural Salem, IL, but also where we used to live in suburban St. Louis County, MO.
Some 45 subspecies are currently recognized. These are divided into two categories, the large northern foxes, and the small, primitive southern foxes of Asia and the Middle East. The species primarily feeds on small rodents, though it may also target leporids, game birds, reptiles, invertebrates, and young ungulates. Fruit and vegetable matter is also eaten on occasion. Although the red fox tends to displace or even kill smaller predators, it is nonetheless vulnerable to attack from larger predators, such as wolves, coyotes, golden jackals, and medium- and large-sized felines. This same book has also been available in editions by Ideals Children’s Books (1988) and as part of their Eye-View Library by Rainbow Books (1991).