Fox's Garden

Fox's Garden


Written and illustrated by Princesse Camcam

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​A 2015 USBBY Outstanding International Book

One snowy night, a fox loses its way while entering a village. Chased away by the grown ups, Fox takes shelter in a greenhouse. A little boy sees this from his window. Without hesitating, he brings a basket of food to the greenhouse, where he leaves it for the fox. His gift is noticed and the night becomes a garden of new life, nourished by compassion and kindness.

Princesse Camcam's cut-paper illustrations, along with the beautiful lighting of the sets she creates, make the experience of looking at these illustrations both touching and transcendent—their beauty and essential simplicity reflect the beauty of the story. The reader is left charmed by the fox and the child, and thoughtful about the emotional lives of both humans and other creatures.

ISBN: 978-1-59270-167-4
10.13" (W) x 5.88" (H) • 32 pages • HCJ

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A 2015 USBBY Outstanding International Book
A 2015 Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year

★ “Flowing lines and subtle shifts of hue add visual grace notes to this wordless tale of gifts exchanged between a boy and a fox.”  —STARRED REVIEW, Kirkus Reviews

★ “Camcam creates her images by assembling cut-paper dioramas, which are then lit and photographed. The resulting images possess a subtle dimensionality while the story exudes a haunting winter magic and a strong sense of the way a small kindness can make an enormous difference.” —STARRED REVIEW, Publishers Weekly

“Have you ever read a picture book multiple times, enjoying it with each and every read, and then find later that it was wordless…and you didn’t even notice? Now THAT is the mark of an effective title. […] You could easily see this book adapted into a ballet or similar wordless format. It’s a naturally beautiful tale. […] Let’s examine that word for a second. Beautiful. I don’t use it enough when I’m describing picture books. It’s not the kind of word you should bandy about for no reason. If I called every other book ‘beautiful’ it would diminish the importance of the word and I couldn’t use it when something as truly stunning as this. It’s the kind of book that doesn’t feel like anything else you’ve seen or read. True and lovely and entirely unique. A book to borrow and a book to own." —Elizabeth Bird, School Library Journal

“A gentle reminder that life can be a cold wasteland of cruelty or a whimsical wonderland of grace, depending on the generosity of spirit with which we approach it.” —Maria Popova, Brain Pickings

Fox’s Garden has surprises throughout the story that hold the reader’s attention. This kind of detail is an ideal mentor to help draw out more style and voice from young writers.” —Two Writing Teachers

"The gorgeous cut-paper images are infused with light and then photographed, and help to show true compassion in this story of generosity and heart. " —Sal's Fiction Addiction

"This is a powerful little book. A wordless book. A book made of cut paper that comes to life. A book that will stay with you as it did with me." —Danielle Davis, This Picture Book Life

“Employing an unusual technique in telling her story, she cuts out her detailed drawings and then carefully photographs them. By doing so, she produces a wintry tale spiced with the warmth of goodwill.” —The New York Journal of Books

“This is a haunting picture book, done with an immense delicacy and skill. Simply beautiful.” —Tasha Saecker, Waking Brain Cells

“The story is brief and simple enough for toddlers, but the beauty of its artwork will capture a much wider audience. Camcam's cut-paper illustrations add to the mystical elements of the work. The boy's bedroom is particularly impressive, with three-dimensional furniture and detailed toys; every item in the room looks as fragile and delicate as the wonderful magic that the fox has given to the boy. The panoramic style of the pictures makes this title ideal for a lap-sit storytime, and it will be a delight to read and to share.” —Peter Blenski, Greenfield Public Library, School Library Journal

Fox’s Garden teaches children to put themselves in another individual’s place—whether human or animal—to experience life in ways new to them. It inspires readers to demonstrate compassion by doing kind deeds, expecting nothing in return; the joy is in the giving.” —Smart Books for Smart Kids


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