Thursday, May 26, 2016

Book Review-Pax

photoWhen I read book reviews I often catch a glimpse of the children's books as well.  Last month one caught my eye, I know-never judge a book by its cover-but this one looked intriquing (and I've actually had good luck with books and covers!)
Pax is the story of a boy and his pet fox.  Peter's father has joined the army so Peter has to go live with his grandfather.  His father decides that Pax, the fox, can not go to the grandfather's so Peter must set Pax free.  Peter is very worried that Pax will survive in the wild: he found Pax when he was a newborn kit.  The story is told from both Pax's and Peter's points of view.
I was entirely taken by this book.  Themes of love, abandonment, self discovery, interpersonal relationships make the book interesting at many levels.  The writing was wonderful, too.  I hated putting the book down.  Even though it is a book aimed at children, adults will also enjoy it.

By Pennypacker, Sara
Illustrator Klassen, Jon
2016-02 - Balzer & Bray/Harperteen
9780062377012 Check Our Catalog
From bestselling and award-winning author Sara Pennypacker comes a beautifully wrought, utterly compelling novel about the powerful relationship between a boy and his fox. Pax is destined to become a classic, beloved for generations to come.
Pax and Peter have been inseparable ever since Peter rescued him as a kit. But one day, the unimaginable happens: Peter's dad enlists in the military and …More

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9780385323307 Check Our Catalog
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The Yearling
The Yearling
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Foreword by Giff, Patricia Reilly
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9780689846236 Check Our Catalog
In 19th century backwoods Florida, a young boy named Jody adopts an orphaned fawn who becomes a treasured member of the family. This Putlizer Prize-winning classic features a reading group guide. …More

Charlotte's Web
Charlotte's Web
By White, E. B.
Illustrator Williams, Garth
2012-04 - HarperCollins Publishers
9780061124952 Check Our Catalog
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