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Bogo, the Fox Who Wanted Everything

by Susanna Isern

Other authors: Sonja Wimmer (Illustrator)

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Your child will enjoy the color and creative pictures of a fox trying to be special like the other forest animals. Bogo the fox is amazed at what special things other animals could do. So he makes inventions to try to do those things. He made wings to fly but that didn't work out. He kept trying to make inventions to make himself special but they always failed. He gave up. He thought that he would never succeed so he stayed at home and gave up. The forest creatures missed him so much and his inventions. Then one day, a pack of hungry wolves came by his home and he learned that he was special in other ways.

This book is great for young children and provides a good discussion topic after reading to children. How are they are special?

I received this finished Copy by making a selection from Amazon Vine books but that in no way influenced my thoughts or feelings in this review. I also posted this review only on sites meant for reading not for selling ( )
  Carolee888 | Sep 20, 2016 |
A little fox named Bogo, curious about the world around him, and just a little bit envious of the other woodland creatures, constantly attempts to invent gadgets that will allow him to gain their abilities. But although he makes wings, he finds he cannot fly like a bird; although he invents night glasses, he cannot see in the dark like a bat; although he invents jumping stilts, he cannot leap like a frog. Discouraged at the seeming failure of his ideas, Bogo withdraws to his home. But when a crew of dangerous wolves enters the woods, it is Bogo's own natural skills - his keen hearing and sense of smell, his cunning and great speed - that save the day. Perhaps Bogo is special just as he is...?

First published in Spanish as Bogo Quierelotodo, and made available in English by the original publisher, NubeOcho, Bogo, the Fox Who Wanted Everything presents a story that can be interpreted in a variety of ways. The first, and the one I suspect was intended by author Susanna Isern, is that we are each of us unique and valuable, with special skills and qualities of our own that we should appreciate, rather than coveting those of others. A fable of self-affirmation and self-esteem, if you will. The second possible interpretation, which is more problematic, and which I suspect is not intended, is that there isn't any use in trying to use our ingenuity to improve ourselves and to increase and supplement our natural (and somewhat limited) abilities. Whilst I would agree with the first idea, I would disagree with the second, so depending upon one's interpretation, I approve or disapprove of the messages implicit in the story here. All that said, I have no such reservation about the illustrations, which are simply gorgeous. Colorful, humorous, magical - the artwork is enchanting, making perusing this book a true pleasure. Recommended to anyone looking for children's stories about being (and appreciating) yourself. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Sep 17, 2016 |
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Bogo watched many animals around him. Some of them were so incredible that they made him feel less special. One day he decided to invent amazing things so that he could have everything he wanted.
A pair of wings to fly like a bird. It never worked.
A pair of night glasses to see like an owl. It never worked...
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