Thursday, April 29, 2010
Read Aloud Thursday ::: Fantastic Mr. Fox
Our other read-aloud that we finished was Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl. Truthfully, the only other Roald Dahl book I have ever read is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and that was a long, long time ago. : ) I wasn't sure what to expect from this book (we've not seen the movie yet), and I'm still not sure what kind of recommendation to give it. How's that for confusing!
This is the story of Mr. Fox who lives with his family under a large hill between the farms of Boggis, Bunce, and Bean. The farmers have a had enough of Mr. Fox's stealing of their respective crops and take action in a most outlandish and extreme way. Mr. Fox and his family are about to starve to death when Mr. Fox comes up with a brilliant plan and saves not only his family but the other animal inhabitants of the hill and outwits the farmers.
I preread this book before reading with N1 and then read it aloud with her. She loved it. I will say, this book had lots of "s.t.u.p.i.d." in there which was easy enough to skip over when reading aloud. Part of that, I think, is just the era the book was written ... that was a more common put down as opposed to some of the worse ones that I see in some of the short chapter books today. The other issue with the book is the fact that Mr. Fox steals from the farmers and rationalizes it as it is just what he does ... he's a fox after all ... and because of that he saves everyone. While I obviously don't want to glorify stealing with my girls, to me, it's pretty obvious that this is the way foxes work and feed their family and unfortunately, the farmers get the short end of the stick in this deal. Either way, we enjoyed this short read and I recommend it with the suggestion that the mom read it first just to make sure you are comfortable reading it to your children. I don't think I would have just handed it off to N1 to read on her own, but as a read-aloud that we could do together, it was fine with me.
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