The Tale of Tricky Fox
by Jim Aylesworth
Illustrated by Barbara McClintock
(Scholastic Press, 2001)
- Although currently out-of-print Paul Galdone's What's in fox's sack? : An old English tale (Clarion Books, 1982) will make a good tale to compare and contrast with The Tale of Tricky Fox.
Check local libraries for a copy of Galdone's book. If Galdone's
version is available, compare and contrast the titles. Galdone's
version includes a bumblebee, a rooster, a pig, and finally a little
- If Tricky Fox's brother did
lose the bet with Tricky Fox and have to eat his hat it would not be
very tasty. However, Jim Aylesworth has a much tastier solution for
those who lose bets and have to "eat their hats." The back of his book
includes a recipe for Tricky Fox's Eat-Your-Hat Cookies. It is
a recipe adapted from the author's great-grandmother's sugar cookie
recipe. Make the cookie dough and roll it out. Then cut various shapes
and use the shapes to create different kinds of hats or just cut out
hat-shaped cookies freehand. Bake them and eat them.
Jim Aylesworth and Tricky Fox at Hamilton Heights School in Indiana.
This school visit was very "tricky" and lots of fun.
Aylesworth, Jim. The Tale of Tricky Fox. Illustrated by Barbara McClintock. Scholastic Press, 2001. 32 pages. ISBN: 0439095433 (hb); ISBN: 0439095441 (paperback).
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Text for Classroom Connections section © 2000 Sharron McElmeel @ McBookwords.
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