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Fox and Crow Are Not Friends (edition 2012)

by Melissa Wiley

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Title:Fox and Crow Are Not Friends
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Fox and Crow are NOT Friends by Melissa Wiley



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This was cute.

Essentially, the story is a re-telling of one of Aesop's fables but it goes a bit further and adds a "sequel" full of devious revenge.
I was surprised to see that a children's book should pick up the theme of revenge or getting even, and to be honest I'm not convinced that the twist at the end offers a satisfactory resolution, but it was cute and the illustrations were rather charming.
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  BrokenTune | Aug 21, 2016 |
Although it's never referenced in the text, Aesop fables and the classic Three Bears story are slyly incorporated into this delightful subversion of the classic Frog and Toad type easy reader.

Fox and Crow, unlike most disparate animals (Frog and Toad, Houndsley and Catina, Cork and Fuzz, Pip and Squeak, etc. etc.) are NOT friends. It all began with the cheese...

The first chapter is a fairly straightforward retelling of the original fable. Crow grabs some cheese from a picnic, Fox flatters her until she drops it. But it doesn't end there. In the second chapter, Crow borrows a few props from the Three Bears to set a trap for Fox and pay him back. Finally, Fox tries to get back at Crow with some more cheese stolen from Mama Bear, but she turns the tables on both him and Crow and they are forced to work together to repair the damage they've done. They're still enemies, but they've learned that revenge doesn't pay!

Wiley's classic, funny, but age-appropriate text is brightened by Sebastien Braun's cartoon illustrations. The sly fox, clever crow, chunks of cheese, and Mama Bear are all simply but skillfully presented, adding just the right amount of color and decoding help to the text.

Verdict: This is a fun new easy reader with a great text and illustrations. I hope these two will collaborate on more stories. I strongly recommend purchasing the library bound edition, as this is one that will be read again and again!

ISBN: 9780375869822; Published 2012 by Random House; Review copy provided by the publisher (added to summer reading prizes); Purchased for the library
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For Kelly and Sean, who are good friends most of the time.
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Fox and Crow did not like each other one bit.
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Fox and Crow can agree on two things: their love of cheese and loathing of each other. These cagey animals will do whatever they can to outwit their sworn enemy and claim sole possession of the prized cheese they keep finding. But they are too caught up in their plotting and planning to realize they've picked the wrong house to steal from—since the mother of the house is one fed up Mama Bear who knows exactly how to contend with freeloaders.

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Continuing Aesop's fable, Fox and Crow tussle over pieces of cheese, but Mama, one of the three bears, outwits them both.

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