Céline Claire
Qin Leng

As a big storm approaches, two strangers arrive in the forest. All the animal families, safe in their homes, are worried. They wonder, “What are they doing there? What do they want?” So, as the pair knocks at the door of one home after another asking for shelter, all the animals turn them away, leaving them to fend for themselves. But then an accident suddenly forces the fox family out into the snow and the wind, and the foxes find they must ask these outsiders for help. Will they find it in their hearts to give it?

Céline Claire's heartwarming picture book story delivers a timeless and timely message about the importance of kindness and generosity. With simple and evocative language, it explores how even small gestures can make a big difference to the strangers or outsiders in a community. Artist Qin Leng uses a warm, soft palette in her ink and watercolor illustrations creating a charming and inviting visual narrative that is perfect for young children. This book provides a wonderful opportunity for discussions about being welcoming and helping others in need, including how children can put this into practice by reaching out to the “new kid” or the one who seems different. It also works well for character education lessons on kindness, caring and empathy.

978-1-77138-927-3 | Oct 3, 2017
List Price: USD $17.99, CAD $18.99
4-color 8 1/4 x 10 7/8 42 pages
Grades: PreSchool To 2 / Ages: 3 to 7
978-1-77138-983-9 | Oct 3, 2017
List Price: USD $9.99, CAD $9.99

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Adult Directed

Awards & Reviews

“... a beautiful tale that reads like a fable to teach giving and kindness ...”
— Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review, July 2017
“An excellent conversation starter about the vagaries of life and our responsibilities to one another.”
— School Library Journal, October 2017
“A warm, winter picture book.”
— Booklist Online, October 2017
2019 - Picture This Recommendation List, WSRA Children's Literature Committee, Listed
2018 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Starred Selection, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner
2018 - Frances and Wesley Bock Book Award for Children's Literature, Neumann University, Winner

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