Even as a child, I felt like I was born in the wrong time and place. I think that is why stories set in a long ago time where magic was still seen as real appeal to me. The Foxwood Surprise is one of those stories.
Full of rich and detailed illustrations you can get lost in, readers are transported to another world in the Foxwood series, where foxes live in manor houses, and badgers, hares, and hedgehogs are best friends. The characters are always creative problem solvers, and in this story about Harvey, Rue, and Willy, the three children must find a way to buy Christmas presents because they've spent all their money building sleds for themselves. Then they come across an accident on the road and must give up their sleds to rescue the passengers. Because they've made this sacrifice though, many fun surprises unfold for them, and all the critters who live in Foxwood.
This is a great story about the true meaning of giving. As an avid lover of animals and books, this is one I would pull from my shelf every winter, and will continue to do so when I have grandchildren in my lap.
My book isn't holiday themed, but the main character, Sophie was born on a cold snowy night!
Sophie never imagined one little secret would change the course of her life. No one believed her about what happened to her mom. The officers in charge of the investigation thought she was confused. The psychiatrist persuaded everyone she was delusional.
She never should've mentioned Bailean--her best friend. And a dragon.Over the years she's tried to tell herself he wasn't real. That the stories her mom told her about Brindle, a hidden land, were only fairy tales. She almost had herself convinced. Then she inherited her grandmother's house in Vermont.
Now more and more memories are rising to the surface: the gleam of a king's golden belt buckle, iridescent scales, a haunting song. It's all connected to her mom and the events of that afternoon in her New York apartment. The truth terrifies her. But, is the truth different for Sophie than it is for other people, or is the truth the same for everyone? Is the truth what her dad or doctors insist, or found in the fairy tales her Mom used to tell her? Or is the truth a whispered voice from deep inside that no one else can hear?
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Barnes and Noble: Dragon Song|Paperback
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