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Faraway Fox

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Author/Publisher/Website: Thompson, J.
Copyright: 2016
Evaluation/Record Entry Date: Jun/2019
Submitting suppliers/Website: Not Available
Primary Identifier: 9780544707115
Recommended Grades and Subjects/Courses: K-3
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Resource Description

When a young fox is separated from his family due to the destruction of his habitat by urbanization, he reminisces about what life was like with his family when he was younger. The fox travels through the city searching for a way back home and eventually he reaches a wildlife tunnel that he passes through and is reunited with his family. This engaging picture book has colourful, effective illustrations that capture the fox’s experiences and emotions of being displaced, lonely, and sad, which help readers empathize with the fox’s situation. Suitable for the classroom library or as a read-aloud to promote discussions of animals, nature, habitat destruction, and the effects of urbanization on animals.


Does the resource support BC curriculum?
This product supports the Core Competencies of the BC curriculum:
Creative Thinking
Critical thinking
Social Responsibility
The Big Idea from Kindergarten is that stories and other texts can be shared through pictures and words. Some of the Grade 1-3 Big Ideas covered in this text are Language and story can be a source of creativity and joy, Stories and other texts help us learn about ourselves and our communities, and Curiosity and wonder lead us to new discoveries about the world around us. In Science some of the Big Ideas are: Living things have features and behaviours that help them survive in their environment, and Living things are diverse, can be grouped, and interact in their ecosystems. Several Core Competencies are addressed: Communication, Creative thinking, Critical thinking and Social Responsibility.


Is the resource engaging?
Is the content current for the intended curriculum and grade?
Is the content accurate for the intended curriculum and grade?
Is the content timely and important for student broad understandings?
This resource supports the characteristics of Aboriginal worldviews and perspectives:
Engagement with the Land, Nature, the Outdoors
Is the content appropriate to the emotional maturity and cognitive level of students?
Does the resource provide opportunities for creative and critical thinking?
Is the level of detail appropriate?
Is the content of particular interest to male students?
Is the content of particular interest to female students?
Is the language use appropriate to the emotional maturity and cognitive level of students?
This picture book is engaging and interesting. The illustrations are colourful and effective in portraying the experiences the fox is having. It connects the reader and audience to the feelings of the fox and enables them to emphasize with his situation, and introduces them to issues that are created for wildlife when urbanization encroaches on their habitat. The last page includes an author's note that explains the issues of encountering wild animals in our neighborhoods and solutions that have been implemented to keep them safe. It also includes several websites that can be utilized. This content could initiate more research. This book would appeal to everyone.


Does the resource make effective use of the medium?
Is the location of illustrations appropriate?
Is the resource easy to use?
Is the use of font, text size and presentation uniform?
Are extraneous elements/illustrations kept to a minimum?
This picture book is easy to use with clear, easy-to-read print. The illustrations enhance the story to create a better understanding of the urbanization issue and how animals are being displaced.


Does the text show insight into the complexity of the human condition?
Does the text broaden students’ experiences and understanding?
To what degree is this text stylistically rich?
Plot description:
A young fox is separated from his family due to urban encroachment. As he journeys, he is reminded of the way things used to be when he was younger. At the end he finds a wildlife tunnel which he is able to walk through and rejoin his family. On the last page of the book the author has written about some efforts that countries (including France, U.S., Canada and the Netherlands) are making to create safe, accessible paths for animals to return to their ecosystems.
Related Comments:
The illustrations show what the fox would see through his eyes. They evoke emotions that the fox was feeling, displaced, lonely, sad, and confused. The coloured illustrations have softer lines for the items that are of nature and straighter, harsher lines for man-made objects.
Literary Highlights:
Complex conflict
Rich Characterization
Point of view
Picture book
Visual Highlights:
Picture book


At intended grade level(s)
The last page is a good resource to find more information on the issue of encroachment/urbanization and the effects it has on wildlife. Several websites are listed for those who want to further their knowledge in this area.


This is an engaging picture book that could be used in primary grades. It could be enjoyed in a classroom library for the older grades or as a read-aloud book to the class. The content of this book would promote good class discussions about animals, nature, and the effects of urbanization on animals. This resource could also be used in a Science unit on the environment. Students may be given the challenge to come up with ideas for new ways to keep wildlife safe so they are using creative thinking skills.