The Secret Life of the Red Fox and the Little Brown Bat - Review

'This gorgeous and lyrical picture book from renowned science author Laurence Pringle and debut illustrator Kate Garchinsky follows a year in the life of a red fox named Vixen as she finds food, hunts, escapes threats, finds a mate, and raises her kits—all the way to the day that she and her mate watch their kits head off to lead their own secret lives. Stunning, realistic illustrations celebrate the beauty of these mysterious creatures as readers learn important facts through an engaging and fascinating story. The book also includes back matter with more in-depth information, a glossary, and further resources.'

With the weather wet and windy again and we are all feeling cold, it's the perfect weather to snuggle up in our cosy room with a book. 


Today the kiddies have taken some of their new books from our Winter book basket which sits near the fire. We are reading The Secret Life of the Red Fox and the Little Brown Bat. 


The kiddies are enjoying listening to the story of Vixen and what she gets up to. The book is highly informative with lots of interesting facts at the back as well as a glossary of terms. The most striking feature of these books are the lovely illustrations throughout. The Red Fox book is full of wintery scenes which have captivated them as they listen intently to the story. 


DS7 says, 'I liked the part when Vixen is very hungry, looking for food, and she hears a mouse nibbling. It jumps up high to catch the mouse. I give this book 4 stars out of 5.'


'Here is a stunningly illustrated nonfiction picture book for young readers about a year in the life of a little brown bat named Otis.
This gorgeous and lyrical picture book continues the Secret Life series by renowned science author Laurence Pringle and illustrator Kate Garchinsky. It follows a year in the life of a little brown bat named Otis as he learns to be
a hunter, escape predators, and find a mate. Striking, realistic illustrations celebrate the beauty of these mysterious creatures, as readers learn important facts through an engaging and fascinating story. The book also includes back
matter with more in-depth information, a glossary, and further resources.'

The kiddies enjoyed reading all about Otis the bat and his little adventure. Another great tale to read on these cold December days.

DS9 says, 'I liked reading this story to my little sister who liked looking at all the pictures of bats.'


Do you keep a basket of Winter themed books handy throughout the cold season? What types of books have you popped into it this year?

If you're looking to stock up your basket or bookshelves then we highly recommend these books. 

The Secret Life of the Red Fox ISBN-13: 978-1-62979-260-6 Published by Boyds Mills Press £11.99
The Secret Life of the Little Brown Bat ISBN-13: 978-1-62979-601-7 Published by Boyds Mills Press 12.99




Disclaimer: These books were sent to us in order to review and all opinions are my own.

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