Ferdinand Fox’s First Summer

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Ferdinand Fox’s First Summer
Follow this photographic journal of a red fox as he explores the world around him during the first few months of his life. He’s about a month old when he first comes out of the den. Watch as he learns to hunt through play and by using his senses. See the changes as he grows from a young kit to a young fox. After all, by the next summer, he’ll have kits of his own! Naturalist photographer and environmental educator Mary Holland has captured Ferdinand Fox’s First Summer in a way that is sure to grab children’s hearts.

This nonfiction picture book with a cuddle factor includes a 4-page For Creative Minds section in the back of the book and a 40-page cross-curricular Teaching Activity Guide online. Ferdinand Fox’s First Summer is vetted by experts and designed to encourage parental engagement. Its extensive back matter helps teachers with time-saving lesson ideas, provides extensions for science, math, and social studies units, and uses inquiry-based learning to help build critical thinking skills in young readers. The Spanish translation supports ELL and dual-language programs. The interactive ebook reads aloud in both English and Spanish with word highlighting and audio speed control to promote oral language skills, fluency, pronunciation, text engagement, and reading comprehension. Tap animals and other things that make noise to hear their sounds.

Written by Mary Holland
32 pg, 10 X 8.5, Ages 4-8, Grades PK-4, Lexile: 930, AR: 4.10, F&P: N
Hardcover 9781607186144 $17.95  
Paperback 9781607186267 $11.95  
Spanish Hardcover 9781607187103 $17.95  
Spanish Paperback 9781628553482 $11.95  
EBook 9781607186625 Purchase Here
Spanish EBook 9781628551563 Purchase Here
Keywords:   seasons, behavioral adaptation, physical adaptation, growth and change, summer, animal senses, adaptations, learned behavior, life cycle, sequencing, months
Animals in the book:   red fox
Vetters:   Thanks to Amy Yeakel, Education Program Director and Dave Erler, Senior Naturalist, at the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center; Helen Fey Fischel, Associate Director Education, Delaware Nature Society; Kathy Uhler, Director, Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center; and to Doug Jackson, Park Naturalist at Westmoor Park (CT) for verifying the accuracy of the information in this book.


An irresistible kit fox greets the reader on the cover of this book and draws one into the world of Ferdinand and his family of red fox. Facts about the kit fox's life cycle, adaptations, and food preferences abound in this exquisite, photographic journey through the first year of life. - NSTA Recommends

The story, which takes readers through the course of a year, concludes with Ferdinand's gradual approach to independence as he must hunt on his own. Each spread includes a large, engaging photo and a paragraph or two of text. - School Library Journal

Close-up color photographs follow the first months in the life of a red fox. A single paragraph per page makes the text suitable for the young reader. - Library Media Connection

Author/Illustrator Info:

Mary Holland is a naturalist, nature photographer, columnist, and award-winning author with a life-long passion for natural history. After graduating from the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources, Mary worked as a naturalist at the Museum of the Hudson Highlands in New York state, directed the state-wide Environmental Learning for the Future program for the Vermont Institute of Natural Science, worked as a resource naturalist for the Massachusetts Audubon Society, and designed and presented her own "Knee-High Nature Programs" for libraries and elementary schools throughout Vermont and New Hampshire.

Her children's books with Arbordale include Animal Tracks and Traces, Animal Homes, Otis the Owl, Ferdinand Fox's First Summer (NSTA / CBC Most Outstanding Science Trade Book and Moonbeam Children's Book Award), The Beavers' Busy Year, Yodel the Yearling, Animal Skins, Animal Ears, Animal Tails, Animal Noses, Animal Eyes, Animal Legs, and Animal Mouths (NSTA / CBC Most Outstanding Science Trade Book). Mary's book Naturally Curious: a Photographic Field Guide and Month-by-Month Journey Through the Fields, Woods and Marshes of New England won the 2011 National Outdoor Book Award for the Nature Guidebook category. Naturally Curious Day by Day was published in 2016. Mary lives in Vermont with her lab, Greta. Visit Mary's blog at Naturally Curious with Mary Holland.


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