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Written by Isabel Thomas

Illustrated by Daniel Egnéus

Key Stage 1 Animal Stories The Natural World Science Wildlife

LoveReading View on Fox

The best possible answer to the question, ‘what happens when something dies?’

Longlisted for the UKLA Book Awards 2022 Information Books 3-14

Life is everywhere, we read at the close of this exceptional picture information book, and every page prior is brimming with it, so vividly depicted in Daniel Egnéus’ illustrations that you can almost hear the yapping and gekkering of the fox cubs, their mother’s barks, and all the constant bustle and hum of the natural world. Even in death we see there is life: the mother fox is hit and killed by a car but immediately tiny creatures get to work. As the seasons roll round and winter turns to spring, new life grows again and the particles that made up the fox become something else. Text and illustration together explain the circle of life with an extraordinary clarity while retaining a sense of the sheer wonder of it all. Share this with children who want to know what happens when something dies, or who just want to understand our world better. 

You can find more wintry & festive stories in our Best Books for Kids this Christmas collection!


Andrea Reece

Fox Synopsis

In the frost-covered forest of early spring, fox is on a mission to find food for her three cubs. As they grow, she teaches them how to survive in the wild. Until one day, fox dies. Her body goes back to earth and grass and air, nourishing the world around her and bringing the forest to life. Death is not just an end, it's also a beginning.

Fox: A Circle of Life Story answers the big scientific question: What happens when we die? Bringing together an evocative non-fiction narrative with breath-taking illustrations, this book will help parents and children to talk about life and death. It introduces the scientific concept that death leads to new life, and that this way of understanding the world is no less beautiful and awe-inspiring than traditional stories.

Fox: A Circle of Life Story unites story and science to explain this big concept to children who have lost a pet or a loved one, or who simply are curious about death and what happens after we die. 

Fox Press Reviews

Praise for Moth:

Moth is a stunning visual experience. The narrative is simple - the life and evolution of the Peppered Moth. It is not a fictional story but it shows that facts can also inspire the imagination. This is how information can really excite. Magical. - Books for Keeps

A gorgeous blend of text and illustrations and a wonderfully successful introduction to nonfiction for younger readers - Booklist

Moth is another picture book with inbuilt growing room, an introduction to the concept of evolution in language both scientific and poetic, full of thrill and peril. Thomas's spare text and back matter elegantly develop the book's twin themes of survival and hope. - Times Literary Supplement

A rare pleasure...a true story of adaptation and hope. - Wall Street Journal

Book Information

ISBN: 9781526600776
Publication date: 1st October 2020
Author: Isabel Thomas
Illustrator: Daniel Egnéus
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 48 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 1
Topics: Animal Stories, Death / Bereavement, The Natural World, Science, Wildlife

About Isabel Thomas

Isabel Thomas is an award-winning science writer and children’s author. She has written more than 180 science books about science and nature for young audiences. Isabel has been shortlisted for the Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize and the Blue Peter Book Awards and won the AAAS Subaru Prize for Excellence in Science Books 2020. When she's not writing, you'll find her experimenting, inventing, drawing, exploring and wearing out her library card. Isabel read Human Sciences at Oxford University, before working in journalism and children's publishing. She lives in Cambridge, where she's zookeeper to three young sons and ...

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