The Fox and the Star by Coralie Bickford-Smith

The Fox and the Star

OK, I will admit I have not been very good at keeping this site updated. I seem to have lost my motivation, my book blogging mojo if you will.  I have gotten out of the habit of writing regularly and, like exercise, once you are out of the habit it is easier to just keep putting it off.

But, I wanted to take a moment to bring to your attention a book that came my way The Fox and the Star.

From the award-winning designer of the iconic Penguin Hardcover Classics comes a beautifully illustrated fable about loss, friendship, and courage

The Fox and the Star is the story of a friendship between a lonely Fox and the Star who guides him through the frightfully dark forest. Illuminated by Star’s rays, Fox forages for food, runs with the rabbits, and dances in the rain—until Star suddenly goes out and life changes, leaving Fox huddling for warmth in the unfamiliar dark. To find his missing Star, Fox must embark on a wondrous journey beyond the world he knows—a journey lit by courage, newfound friends, and just maybe, a star-filled new sky.

Inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement and the art of William Blake, The Fox and the Star is a heartwarming, hopeful tale which comes alive through Bickford-Smith’s beloved illustrations, guiding readers both young and grown to “look up beyond your ears.”

Given the above, it is really no surprise that I loved the book.  A simple, yet endearing, story blended with gorgeous art and design? Yes, please!

It touches all of the senses.  It has texture and depth and lyricism that engages your hands, eyes and ears.  It is a book you can enjoy all by yourself; just getting lost in the illustrations.  But is is also a book you will want to read out loud (to children and adults) sharing the art as you share the story.

So what can I say? If you love the blending of art, literature and design you will want to have The Fax and the Star on your shelf.

Visit the author’s website for a glimpse of the beautiful illustrations.

Kevin Holtsberry
I work in communications and public affairs. I try to squeeze in as much reading as I can while still spending time with my wife and two kids (and cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers and Michigan Wolverines during football season - oh, and watching golf too).

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