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The Sorry Tale of Fox and Bear

Written by Margrete Lamond

Illustrated by Heather Vallance

Key Stage 2 Animal Stories

LoveReading View on The Sorry Tale of Fox and Bear

A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month March 2018 |    A book to treasure for itself – it’s hardback and printed on high quality paper and has an orange ribbon book mark to hold your place in the story – and for the strongly beating heart of the story which captures the unmistakable value of friendship. Pleasingly adapted from a traditional trickster tale it tells of the deep friendship between the kindly but slow-thinking bear and the mercurial and tricky fox. When the fox plays one trick too many on the old bear the friendship is undone. Bear realises that he has been a fool to trust his friend. And yet…

While Rooster and Hare try to persuade him that they will make better friends, Bear recalls all the bad things about his old partner and, in doing so, realises just how much he wants Fox back by his side. Divided into 5 short stories it is perfect for reading aloud as the story unfolds beautifully but also for reading alone paying particular attention to the charming illustrations.

Julia Eccleshare's Picks of the Month for March 2018

The Lotterys Plus One by Emma Donoghue

King Coo by Adam Stower

Splish, Splash, Ducky! by Lucy Cousins

We Are Not Frogs! (Little Gems) by Michael Morpurgo

The Sorry Tale of Fox and Bear by Margrete Lamond

Song of the Dolphin Boy  by Elizabeth Laird

What Do People Do All Day? (50th anniversary edition) by Richard Scarry

Bird House by Libby Walden

Bug Hotel by Libby Walden

Alone Together by Clayton Junior

The Lost Penguin by Claire Freedman


The Sorry Tale of Fox and Bear Synopsis

The Sorry Tale of Fox and Bear is the story of a cruel falling-out between two friends: how it happens, and what happens next. It is outrageous, passionate and poignant, and the bittersweet ending is as ambiguous as any friendship in real life. Framed in the present and told in alternating past and present tense, The Sorry Tale of Fox and Bear borrows characters and events from several traditional sources and is told with wit and verve by Margrete Lamond, with darkly brooding charcoal illustrations by acclaimed artist Heather Vallance. This beautiful story collection - a modern twist on traditional style - will resonate with readers looking for a great story to read over and over again.

The Sorry Tale of Fox and Bear Press Reviews

'Expect a bedtime story with a difference in this modern, quirky take on the 'trickster' tale. Echoes of Aesop and Br'er Rabbit and dark, brooding, charcoal illustrations.'    Fiona Noble, The Bookseller

Book Information

ISBN: 9781910646434
Publication date: 1st March 2018
Author: Margrete Lamond
Illustrator: Heather Vallance
Publisher: Old Barn Books
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 72 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 2
Topics: Animal Stories

About Margrete Lamond

Margrete Lamond is the publisher of 'Little Hare Books' in Australia, author of many modern re-tellings of traditional tales, a passionate advocate for quality artwork in books for younger readers and interested in the overlap between neuroscience and aesthetic reception. Heather Vallance is a studio artist who has taught art in remote communities in Australia and regional schools and galleries, as well as having her work exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions.

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