McKissack Book: Flossie and the Fox

March 4, 2009

flossieandthefoxFlossie and the Fox is a real gem in the Patricia McKissack book collection! With memorable opening, ““FLO-O-O-OSSIE!”, this book is a “multicultural folktale, [as] Flossie takes a joyful and comic journey through fox-haunted woods as she carries her basket of eggs.” (Scholastic). This book is illustrated by Rachel Isadora.

From School Library Journal on
McKissack recounts this story which was told to her as a child by her grandfather. Flossie is a young black girl who lives with her grandmother in the rural south. When Big Mama sends Flossie to deliver a basket of eggs to a neighbor, she cautions her to be careful of the fox who had been frightening the chickens and stealing their eggs. To Flossie’s “How do a fox look?,” Big Mama responds that “A fox be just a fox.” Having no idea what this means, Flossie sets out on her mission through a wooded area, where she is greeted by the fox. As he tries to convince her that he is to be feared, she refutes him by insisting that he prove who he is. To readers’ delight, the frustrated fox fails every attempt. Fox’ final confrontation with a fierce dog saves the day for Flossie, who proves herself to be more cunning than the fox. The watercolor and ink illustrations, with realistic figures set on impressionistic backgrounds, enliven this humorous and well-structured story which is told in the black language of the rural south. The language is true, and the illustrations are marvelously complementary in their interpretation of the events. This spirited little girl will capture readers from the beginning, and they’ll adore her by the end of this delightful story. Helen E. Williams, University of Maryland, College Park | Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.


  • Reading level: Ages 4-8
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dial (October 30, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803702507
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803702509

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