Pushinka the Barking Fox: A True Story of Unexpected Friendship

Persnickety. Aug. 2019. 32p. photos. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781943978465.
Gr 2-4–Although nonfiction, this book has a strong story line and an added emotional connection typically displayed in narrative fiction. The text revolves around a domesticated fox named Pushinka, but includes information about the Russian fox domestication program. It is set up as a traditional text on one side with a picture on the opposing side. The pictures tend to be monochromatic with an accent color; some are full-color pictures. The text mostly describes events from Pushinka’s life and program notes, then concludes with an emphasis on the significance of friendship and love based upon the events. Paragraphs tend to be on the chunky side and might have been easier to digest if split up.
VERDICT The interest level for this work is mid-elementary, but the word choice is a bit more advanced. While the topic is interesting and the information is flushed out, the writing often feels choppy.

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