The Sorry Tale of Fox and Bear by Margrete Lamond

The Sorry Tale of Fox and Bear

Written by Margrete Lamond
Illustrated by Heather Vallance

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A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month March 2018 | A book to treasure for itself – it’s hardback and printed on high quality paper and has an orange ribbon book mark to hold your place in the story – and for the strongly beating heart of the story which captures the unmistakable value of friendship. Pleasingly adapted from a traditional trickster tale it tells of the deep friendship between the kindly but slow-thinking bear and the mercurial and tricky fox. When the fox plays one trick too many on the old bear the friendship is undone. Bear realises that he has been a fool to trust his friend. And yet…

While Rooster and Hare try to persuade him that they will make better friends, Bear recalls all the bad things about his old partner and, in doing so, realises just how much he wants Fox back by his side. Divided into 5 short stories it is perfect for reading aloud as the story unfolds beautifully but also for reading alone paying particular attention to the charming illustrations.

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The Sorry Tale of Fox and Bear by Margrete Lamond

The Sorry Tale of Fox and Bear is the story of a cruel falling-out between two friends: how it happens, and what happens next. It is outrageous, passionate and poignant, and the bittersweet ending is as ambiguous as any friendship in real life. Framed in the present and told in alternating past and present tense, The Sorry Tale of Fox and Bear borrows characters and events from several traditional sources and is told with wit and verve by Margrete Lamond, with darkly brooding charcoal illustrations by acclaimed artist Heather Vallance. This beautiful story collection - a modern twist on traditional style - will resonate with readers looking for a great story to read over and over again.


'Expect a bedtime story with a difference in this modern, quirky take on the 'trickster' tale. Echoes of Aesop and Br'er Rabbit and dark, brooding, charcoal illustrations.' Fiona Noble, The Bookseller

About the Author

Margrete Lamond is the publisher of 'Little Hare Books' in Australia, author of many modern re-tellings of traditional tales, a passionate advocate for quality artwork in books for younger readers and interested in the overlap between neuroscience and aesthetic reception. Heather Vallance is a studio artist who has taught art in remote communities in Australia and regional schools and galleries, as well as having her work exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions.

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72 pages


Margrete Lamond
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Old Barn Books

Publication date

1st March 2018




Publisher Profile

Old Barn Books is an imprint of Old Barn Books


Old Barn Books is a new, artist-led, independent, publisher of illustrated books for children and gift books for adults. With an office in a barn in the woods we published our first book, Bluebell Bears, in April 2015 and have published a book each month since. Working with creative friends old and new we have published board books, picture books and novelty books. Our list is eclectic and personal and aims to share our enjoyment of great illustration and the things our children love.

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