Mama Fox tells grumpy Argyle that if he thinks long enough, he will come up with something to do. Following his mother’s suggestion and inspired by her knitting, he works all the pieces of his day together and creates the perfect solution.
The story of Argyle teaches that failure is often a path to success and celebrates perseverance, creative thinking, and an old-fashioned springtime activity.
The titular fox lives in a forest filled with springtime winds. Argyle decides, nonetheless, that he would like to play outdoors, but his choice of activities is bedeviled by those winds. “Wooosh”: his stack of cards blows away. “Wooosh”: he’s blown into the spiderweb he’s made. “Wooosh”: his pirate hat blows away, his soccer ball lands far out of bounds, and finally his castle collapses. The other animals did warn him, and at last, he gathers up his playthings and returns home. His mother tells him that if he thinks about it, the perfect pastime will occur to him. After some thought, it does. Argyle gathers up his yarn, paint, and tape, goes outdoors, and flies his handmade kite with a resounding “wooosh.” Letourneau’s animal characters are appealing, and the settings are busily colorful, with greens, blues, and oranges filling the pages. The final spread is endearing as Argyle shares, at no cost, his artistry and hands out kites to the other forest creatures—a squirrel gets one with an acorn, and a beaver gets one with a tree.
Argyle ably demonstrates that if you build it yourself, you and your friends will have a great time.
-- Kirkus Reviews
Undaunted by the fierce spring winds, one determined woodland lad sets out to enjoy the day, in Marie Letourneau’s Argyle Fox, a lighthearted tale of tenacity, creative thinking, and the power of a woodland gale. Argyle Fox, sporting his signature diamond-patterned scarf, learns through trial and error, along with a lot of encouragement and some sound advice from his mom, that a little ingenuity can go a long way, especially on a blustery afternoon.-- Foreword Reviews
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Loved this title! This would be a great storytime read as it has lots of opportunities for movement and sound. There is also an opportunity to have little ones think about what they CAN do. I also loved the illustrations which for me are so important in the telling of the story.
Argyle Fox is adorable, smart and creative. I totally want a pet fox to name Argyle now! It’s perfect!
Oh, this is so cute! I absolutely love the artwork in this book. The pictures are so beautiful and have some cute details.
The story is adorable as well. Little Argyle Fox has so many ideas of what to play but each gets derailed because of the wind. The persistence of this little fox is honorable. He sure tries really hard but, in the end, he gets frustrated and has to come up with something appropriate for the weather.
This would be an adorable read-aloud for a classroom and would lend nicely to a conversation of cause and effect, weather, and even critical thinking. I could think of a few fun hands-on activities you could do with this as well.