HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: The Little Fox in the Middle
Author: Pearl Sydenstricker Buck
Illustrator: Robert Jones
Publisher: Crowell-Collier Press, republished in 1980
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 6-10
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Buck, Pearl Sydenstricker. The Little Fox in the Middle (published in 1966 by Crowell-Collier Press, New York City, NY). Middle Fox cannot get his brothers and sisters to play with him, so he runs away to find a friend. He begins to get hungry and in his search for food, he discovers people playing music. Overcoming his fears, he makes friends with them by playing “suppose” and imagining what the people may be thinking. Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973) was born in Hillsboro, WV, but spent her youth in Chinkiang, China, on the Yangtse River, as the daughter of missionaries. Learning to speak Chinese before she could speak English, she also married a missionary and lived in China until just before World War II. She is best known for her 1932 Pulitzer Prize winning book, The Good Earth, which I did not like. However, I did enjoy her novella The Big Wave. Her children’s story about Middle Fox may be based upon an old Chinese tale.