Fox and Chick are set for three new adventures. In the first, Fox is hoping to enjoy a quiet afternoon on the pond. When Chick comes aboard, he brings all his fears, too: sea monsters, pirates, and shipwrecks. Next, Chick discovers that someone delivered a cake. He should be happy, but he's not. He's afraid that he'll open the box, eat the whole cake, and get sick. Thank goodness Chick and Fox can share the cake together! Last: Early one morning Fox decides to climb the hill to see the sunrise. Chick wants to come along, but by the time he gets himself together the day has already dawned. Instead, the two friends watch the sunset together.
I've (re) read these stories several times now, and I'm thinking it may take multiple readings for kids to warm to them, too. The stories move fast and the comics-style panels not only help push more action into the story, but can encourage readers to create their own story, which is its own form of learning to read (interpreting what you see).
I really wanted Fox and Chick to be a fresh, fun kind of Elephant and Piggie, but there is something missing. I just don't know what. This is not an easy reader for brand-new readers. There are lots more words, some of them not readily decoded with sound or illustration (umbrella, shipwreck).
Kids who like friendship stories and ironic humor will enjoy spending time with Fox and Chick. The words are a bit advanced for new readers (K-1), but the illustrated panels allow them to capture and tell the stories.
This is an easy reader comprising 3 short stories about two friends with very different personalities.
These friendship stories can help illustrate the idea that you don't have to be "exactly like" someone else to be their friend. If your child is - or knows someone - like Chick, the stories may be a way to talk about fear and anxiety. What suggestions would they have for Chick's vivid imagination?
Borrow. The stories are nice for preschoolers and developing readers, but are not so unique that you want them on your personal bookshelf.