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Stunning and evocative illustrations draw the reader into a moving tale of loss and belonging
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award
Interest Age 8-12 | Full of magic, myth and a wonderful sense of family, and illustrated throughout with Jackie Morris’s beautiful, atmospheric paintings, this is perfect winter reading. Sol lives in Seattle with his dad but doesn’t feel he belongs, and when an Arctic Fox appears at the docks, he identifies with the small white creature, so alien, so wild. The arrival of the fox brings a change in Sol’s life, a return to the wild landscapes of Alaska and a place he can finally feel at home. Jackie Morris recognises perfectly the deep-seated importance to every one of us of wild creatures and wild landscapes, and this is a book to treasure.
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High quality cream paper and a special easy to read font ensure a smooth read for all.
The day the fox came things began to change for Sol. Lost, alone and far away from home, Sol feels a deep connection with the little Arctic fox he discovers down at the Seattle docks - he too feels lost in the big city. Dad is always busy working and Sol misses the grandparents they have left behind. So Sol decides to take the little fox back home, reuniting his own family in the process.
Inspired by the true story of an Arctic fox who climbed into a dumpster in the Arctic and ended up as a stowaway in Seattle, The White Fox is a beautiful, powerful and affecting tale – one that clearly resonates with themes of wilderness and wildness, the connection between animal and human, universal experiences of loss and bereavement, and the sway and magic of the ‘old ways’.
Jackie Morris adds: “I found this story in the Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle, where I met with snow leopards and then a small, curled Arctic fox. The roots of the story are there but it branches out. As a child I struggled to read. Barrington Stoke’s books would have helped me so much. I am so proud and pleased to be working with them.”
The White Fox will be published in a collectable hardcover edition with a foiled jacket, foiled case and ribbon marker, joining Barrington Stoke’s Colour Conkers – glorious, full-colour books that celebrate the very special alchemy that is interwoven word and picture.
|Publication date:||15th October 2017|
|Publisher:||Barrington Stoke Ltd|
|Suitable for:||11+ readers, 9+ readers|
|Other Categories:||All Shortlists and Winners, UKLA 2018|
Jackie Morris lives in Wales, where she writes and paints. She has two children, a small pack of dogs and a small pride of cats. She exhibits her paintings in galleries nationwide. Her internationally bestselling picture books for Frances Lincoln are Ted Hughes’ How the Whale Became; Mariana and the Merchild; The Snow Leopard; Can You See a Little Bear?; The Snow Whale; Lord of the Forest; as well as those she has both written and illustrated, The Seal Children; The Time of the Lion; Little One We Knew You’d Come; Tell Me a Dragon; The ...More About Jackie Morris