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Fox Friend [Paperback]

Michael Morpurgo
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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1 May 2012
From the multi award-winning and bestselling author, a brand new edition of the moving story of a girl who tries to nurse an injured fox cub back to health. Clare has lived her whole life on a farm, but she's never seen a fox - until she finds a tiny, injured cub who's lost his mum. Clare cares for him herself, but has to keep him hidden from her father, who thinks foxes are vermin. Can she keep the cub safe? Beautifully crafted story from a multi award-winning and bestselling author. Particularly suitable for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers.

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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Barrington Stoke; New edition edition (1 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781120862
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781120866
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 127,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Multi-award winning author, Michael Morpurgo, is one of Britain's best-loved writers for children and has won many prizes, including the Smarties Prize, The Writers Guild Award and the Blue Peter Book Award for his recent novel, Private Peaceful, which has also had two successful runs as a play devised by Bristol Old Vic. From 2003 to 2005 he was the Children's Laureate, a role which took him all over the UK to promote literacy and reading, and in 2005 he was named the Booksellers Association Author of the Year.

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About the Author

Originally a primary school teacher, Michael Morpurgo struggled to find books to excite and inspire his class. His solution was simple - he began writing them himself. Since then he has become one of Britain's best known and most prolific children's writers, a former Children's Laureate who has won countless prestigious awards including the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread prize. He lives in Iddesleigh, Devon, with his wife, Clare.

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4.0 out of 5 stars not written for young children 5 Jun 2012
By Scrag
This is not a book for young or easily upset children - it's not meant to be read to or by younger children (see review by coldghettosucker). It doesn't have a pleasant end but that's real life, not everything ends "happily ever after" - if your children are squeamish or easily upset don't read this book to them. However if they don't fall into those categories then this is a great book, typical Michael Morpurgo - true to life.
There is a Barrington Stokes version. It is written for dyslexic children with a reading age of 8 years but an interest age of 9 to 12 years.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not really for young children. 9 Oct 2013
By Howard
Book is well written, but my eight year old daughter was devastated at the ending - lots of tears, and she's not unusually sensitive. She read this herself and we had no idea that it would be an issue until she came downstairs in floods of tears. Of course foxes get shot in real life, but thane a lot of things happen that I'd rather not expose an eight year old to, if your kids are very robust and are quite happy reading a book that explores the relationship between a young girl and a pet fox which is summarily shot by her father at the end - good luck, otherwise avoid.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fab dyslexia friendly book 2 Sep 2012
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This book was a real hit with my nearly 9 year old son; really struggles to read at all, but read this very quickly, thoroughly enjoyed it; easy for him to read but not too babyish!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Torment Your Children! 18 Oct 2010
Wow! I've just finished reading this book to my partner's daughters, they're 6 & 8, they're crying themselves to sleep as I write this. I won't ruin it for you too much but we were all enjoying the book until the last chapter. Both girls love animals & I'd heard good things about Morpurgo's books so Fox Friend seemed perfect, and it was... until the end!
It's a beautiful, well written story about a young girl nursing a fox cub back to health. The tiny cub had survived a run in with the hunt & young Clare carried it home to care for it until it was old enough to return to the wild. Sounds great so far doesn't it? Well, it's not all happiness & joy, oh no, why write a story that children will enjoy when you can send them off to bed to have recurring nightmares!
Perhaps I'm wrong, perhaps Morpurgo's right, perhaps young children should be exposed to the horror of real life at such an early age. Okay, well, I'm off to get them out of bed to tell them that Father Christmas has been fatally stabbed in the neck before we settle down to watch Reservoir Dogs, Natural Born Killers & Taxi Driver. Thanks Morpurgo, thanks for shattering their innocence.

PS, I only gave it one out of five as I couldn't give it zero. If you do buy this book, only read the first six chapters to your children.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a great read 30 Dec 2013
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Another really lovely book for young children .I can thoroughly recommend Michael Morpurgo's books for children of all ages. A really good author.
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