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The butterfly convention
Nadler, Susan, 1947-
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New York : Dial Press, 1976.
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181 pages ; 22 cm
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Red Fox searches all night long for food for himself and his wife, and returns to find a happy surprise in his den.

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Booklist Review

Ages 3-7. Red Fox, eager to find food for his tired and hungry mate, Rose, sets off in search of a satisfying meal. Unfortunately, the farm, the pond, and the wheat field yield nothing; even a fleet-footed rabbit gets away. Forced to venture into the city (where he has never been before), Red Fox retrieves the remains of a fast-food meal from a trash can and races home. There, Rose has delivered five cubs, and Red Fox and Rose enjoy a tasty fast-food feast before going to sleep. Giffard's richly hued watercolor paintings adorn every page, and her frequent refrain--"not at all what a red fox likes to eat"--will make the book a good story-hour choice. Environmental purists may be disturbed that Red Fox has been reduced to eating junk food, but most will find this a warm and pleasing story. ~--Kay Weisman

Publisher's Weekly Review

Red Fox goes on the prowl for food for himself and Rose, his mate back in the den. This highly stylized creature tries the barnyard and the pond, but one is too fiercely guarded and the other full of unappetizing tadpoles and an eel. After losing track of a tasty-looking rabbit when a train appears, Red Fox heads for the city, where he spots a woman throwing a bag into the trash. ``Racing off with the bag in his mouth,'' Red Fox hurries home, where a double surprise awaits him--five new cubs are cuddled up next to Rose, and the bag contains a hearty dinner of burgers and fries. In Giffard's first picture book, her fox is a spunky character, and her energetic, batik-like illustrations possess diversity and engaging details. The writing, however, is somewhat flat--it lacks suspense, and the reader feels little sympathy for the new papa. Ages 4-8. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-- Red Fox goes out in search of food for himself and his mate, Rose, but he finds more obstacles than edibles. Desperate and hungry, he ventures into the city where he finds his feast--a discarded bag with a delicious smell. Red Fox surprises Rose with the all-American meal--hamburgers and french fries. She has an even bigger surprise for him--five newborn cubs. Rather than adding punch, the unexpected conclusion seems tacked-on and nonsensical, as does the discovery of the burgers in a bag. The pedestrian text does little to enliven what could have been an entertaining book. As is, it's hard to believe children will find much of interest in this awkwardly told tale. The bold, stylized watercolors make excellent use of color and contrast to create a sense of drama, but visual aesthetics can't excuse the lack of literary substance. --Heide Piehler, Shorewood Public Library, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.