A beautifully illustrated story book, with an important life lesson for children to learn.
The little fox lives in the forest with his mum. One day he decides to explore the edge of the forest with his new friend. It’s the first time in his life that he sees a city and leaves his home behind. But then something unexpected happens and the little fox learns a very important life lesson: “When you have to make a choice, listen to your inner voice”.
How do you teach a child to listen to their inner voice?
It’s a difficult task each parent is confronted with, as the inner voice, or intuition, is something even adults often ignore. Tuning into the body, observing the feelings that arise and trusting our inner wisdom isn’t taught in school either, but is so important to navigate through life. This book shall be a playful tool for parents to help bring attention to their child’s inner voice.
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This was such a cute/slightly traumatizing/important book for children....I know those adjectives are on opposite sides of the scale, but they are all true.
The book is cute because of the precious main character of the little fox and the illustrations that are beautifully done.
The book is slightly traumatizing because of the illusions to what dangerous situations the little fox enters.....first, the fox is almost tapped and most likely made into a fur coat, next, the fox is almost eaten by a hungry bear. These are the facts of life, of course, so I think it is important that children learn about predators and where our food/clothes come from, it's just definitely jarring. I think it was really well done though, and my interpretation of the lesson is more to do with the content and not the delivery. Flores explains it as gently as one can so that children can understand.
Lastly, the book delivers an important message throughout the book through the line, "When you have to make a choice, listen to your inner voice." I love that the lesson is short, simple, and rhymes, because the children that read this book- by themselves or with their parents- are more likely to remember the words should the moment arise where they are put in a dangerous or scary situation. No one wants to think about all the potential dangers children can face day to day, but we need to, and we need to better equip our children with the knowledge to trust their gut when a situation doesn't feel right. This was an important lesson, and this is just the sort of book I would read to children or give to children.
Little fox has always been taught by his mother to listen to his inner voice when he needs to make a decision. However, put to the test, fox finds himself persuaded to ignore that advice and learns a lot as the consequences of that decision play out.
Adults should be aware that this book gets a little scary and there are grave threats to little fox. All is well in the end, but care should be used for more sensitive students as this is a little darker in parts than is typical for children's books. That said, the illustrations are gorgeous and vivid and will really help immerse readers in the story. The lesson about listening to and trusting one's own intuition is a good one, and it's a topic not often covered in picture books. This could be a great resource for starting conversations with early elementary students.
Many thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review!
This is a super cute book that centers around a young fox on an adventure. It teaches how to listen to your inner voice and stay safe. I thought the illustrations were really well done and I liked the storyline as well. This would be a wonderful book for young readers!
“When you have to make a choice, listen to your inner voice”. I couldn't help but sing that a la Daniel Tiger. Great book to read to teach the importance of following your intuition.
This is a sweet read about (as the title says) listening to your inner voice. A fox is fooled into a dangerous situation when he goes against his gut instincts and is able to find his way home when he stops and listens to himself. I liked the illustrations. I would read this to my daughter when it is age appropriate.
This is such a cute book! as future Elementary Teacher I would definitely get this for a classroom. it teaches kids how to listen to themselves and this book would be nice paired up with a topic of the week. amazing in a classroom setting.
The imagery was beautiful and my favorite thing about this book. I also loved the general concept because I think it is a really important one in today’s world. That being said, some of the elements seemed a little mature for a smaller child (hunting and fur coats) so I wish there had been a way to explain this concept in a slightly less violent way.
I really liked the art work for this story it was beautiful and playful. The story had a great lesson for children although a few elements were a bit scary (hunters, coats, bear). I think this could lead to great conversations for families
First off, the illustrations in this book were AMAZING. So bright and cute and colorful! They complimented the story perfectly. The story is about a little fox who learns about peer pressure and when to say no by "listening to your inner voice," which was advice given to him by his mom. He follows a dog out of the forest and gets lost and meets a lot of other tricky, sneaky, and mean characters along the way (the fur coat was surprisingly morbid for a kids book). This was a great book that can teach kids all about when to listen to your gut, or your inner voice, and say no to situations you are not comfortable in. I think this could work really well as a library storytime book as well!
Very colourful and very cute, this shows us a young fox cub who has been told time and time again by his mother to listen to his inner voice when a decision is to be made. But when the first one he makes on his solo trek into the forest is a bad one, will there ever be hope of making a good choice? Well, what I will say is nothing here will scare the young audience off, so you can possibly put a small wager on 'yes'. Readers of all ages will appreciate that this is a decent narrative, and not just a message or moral – especially with this visual style, it's certainly entertaining stuff. A strong four stars.
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This is a beautiful books. The pictures are wonderful. And the message of the book is so amazing, and also very helpful for teaching children to listen to their inner voice when other people are trying to get them to ignore it.
Could this be more adorable and important? I don't think so. Our little fox knows what the right thing to do is, but sometimes the temptation is too great and trouble can still find you! He is led astray, but using the wisdom his mother has taught him, he listens to his inner voice, follows his gut, and finds his way home. I loved the verdant forest and the brilliant colors. The expressions on the animal's faces were darling and I feel like every child listening to this story will identify with the fox and be able to think of a time when they should have listened to their inner voice, and not been pulled into trouble by someone. I'd happily add this to my classroom library!
Mamma knows what she is talking about. Little fox is off in the woods and his mother reminds him to listen to your inner voice before you make any decision. When little fox meets a nice dog in the woods, he ignores that inner voice and finds himself in danger and in trouble. Little Fox is still has much to learn about the wisdom of mom.
Your child and you will grow a bond and maybe reflect on past decisions that could have been hurtful. It is good for children to reason on their own but with direction of those that love them the most. A fun read with a wise tale and capitating illustrations to draw the lessons home.
i>A special thank you to Books Go Social and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.
A story where a little fox learns to listen to their own inner voice when faced with decisions. Captivating illustrations that are sure to engage younger readers. A good introduction to the concept of peer pressure and resisting it when your inner voice says "no".
There is imagery of a hunter with guns, so know your reader and whether this will be a good match for them, and whether you should read it with them. No foxes were harmed in the making (or at least reading) of this book!
I can't emphasise the need for every child to read this book. The theme is obviously to trust your instincts and let them guide you to safety. The message is something that everyone should know, and the way it was conveyed in this story makes a special read. What adds to the book is the beautiful illustrations, vibrant colors and precise drawings that will remain unforgettable. Please purchase this for any kids you know.
Little Fox's mother has always told him to stop and listen to his inner voice before making a decision, but one day he decides to go ahead despite the voice's warning. This lands Little Fox in a dangerous situation where he has to learn to listen to his inner voice or risk his very life.
This was generally a sweet and cozy book. The illustrations were absolutely gorgeous and did a lot to soften it. Despite not rhyming, it had a natural cadence and rhythm that made it really pleasant to read. The moral lesson was way too obvious, but otherwise I really liked this story.
Thank you to ACL Creative Studio and NetGalley for this ARC. All opinions are my own.
I loved this story so much. I love foxes so the cover grabbed my attention immediately. The illustrations were so colorful and beautiful. It perfectly delivered the message of listening to your inner voice and choosing right from wrong so young children will understand. This is the perfect story for parents to read to their children to teach them valuable life lessons.
This book was a fun and quirky way of teaching kids how to make the right choices. It teaches them that listening to their inner voice means following the wise words from their parents.
This was a beautiful story about making choices. Lovely illustrations and daughter really enjoyed the story. She read it herself and was her first story via a Kindle.
This was an adorable book.
I had to laugh a little because I think that maybe the fox fur in the store window might have been a bit of a shock, as you don't typically have that sort of thing in a children's book BUT it really drives the point home that you should always listen to your inner voice.
It's a good message and something that we should instill in our children at a young age. Sometimes it is hard to listen to your inner voice but that doesn't mean you should ignore it. It's a skill that should be practiced and this book demonstrates it well.
I can't wait for story time with my 6 year old tomorrow so I can read this to him.
Thank you to Net Galley and BooksGoSocial for the advance read. I loved this story. Listening to your inner voice and instincts are such important concepts for young ones to learn and this book does a great job of showing this. And to top it off, the illustration was absolutely gorgeous throughout, I wanted to crawl inside the book. I can’t wait to share this one with my kids.
Myself and my 6 year old daughter really enjoyed this book.
The illustrations were beautiful and we really enjoyed the whole book.
This is a cute story with a good message about listening to your inner voice to make hard decisions. I think that because of the subject matter, it could have used a little more explanation for the reader about what exactly the inner voice was, and maybe some more real life examples for children to follow.
Listen to Your Inner Voice by Catherine Flores @storyofbabushka
Release date : February 22nd
Thank you to @netgalley and the author/publisher for my eARC.
In this children's story a little fox is getting a life lesson from his mum.
"When you have to make a choice, use your inner voice."
We follow this little fox as he meets new characters and when he gets lost he has to listen to his inner voice to help him get back home.
Full of colourful and bright illustrations this book shows how important it is to use your intuition. I think this is an important lesson for younger children to learn.
I think this one would have a lot of teaching opportunities for an adult to teach a child about intuition and trust.
A very nice read.
This one was a lovely, little children book and I really enjoyed it. I love foxes, which is the main reason why I picked this title, and I found the story deep and good for readers of any age. The illustrations are really beautiful.
Certainly a very cute book for little readers! It's about a young fox taking an unexpected adventure and learning a lesson about listening to his inner voice (as her mother warned him). One day, he encounters a dog who asks him to play. The fox hesitates, but then goes against his inner voice that tells him to not play with the dog. Turns out, the dog lured him out so that his human hunter buddies can hunt the fox. The fox goes on the run and tries to get home. That's where his journey begins!
Overall, I enjoyed this illustrated story. The illustrations are wonderfully done and the text fits with the story line. I think it also send a good message that sometimes you have to listen to what your gut (aka your inner voice) says, otherwise you might end up in some not-so-great situations!
A beautiful book with a wonderful lesson to learn. The illustrations are lovely and following the fox on his journey is interesting and exciting. Would definitely recommend this book.
This is a sweet story about listening to your inner voice (and your mother). It demonstrates what could happen when a child doesn't listen. Very simply written, I enjoyed following Little Fox's journey. The illustrations nicely complemented the story.
I love when children's books take on more grown up type phrases and bring them into a perspective for a children to understand. All adults and most children have heard the phrase "listen to your inner voice" and not everyone truly understands what on earth does that mean!? This book explores this topic in a forest creature world with a fox that starts off NOT listening to it and the consequence that come from it. Lil dark going to a store front and seeing a fox-fur coat. Also a tad unrealistic in this day and age but I suppose not entirely fantastical. I still feel there could have been a little more depth into what the inner voice truly is rather than over and over again parroting that phrase. But it is a good conversation starter to 1. Listening to your gut and 2. Also your guardians to keep you safe.
In complete honesty, the sweet little fox on the cover was the first thing that drew me to this book. (If you didn’t know, foxes are my favorite animal. Though, I do love all forest animals in general.) I also loved the title and knew I had to give this book a try since I always try to listen to my inner voice.
This is definitely a sweet way for a child (or adult) to learn this important life lesson. I don’t want to give away the story, so I recommend you a settle down for a snuggle and read this sweet story yourself.
Listen To Your Inner Voice is a beautiful and essential book for young children. It's a lifelong lesson that shares a message of trusting that inner voice, one we each have within us.
I appreciated the journey that Fox had to go through to learn this message. That feels realistic and gives the lesson through experience, something each of us goes through on this life journey and understanding.
In putting himself at risk and danger, Fox could navigate his journey back home using his feelings and that mantra his mother shared with him. I would love to teach my students this same lesson at a young age, having Listen To Your Inner Voice a part of our Peace Curriculum.
I would definitely recommend this book for all children and teachers/schools.
Thank you to the author and publisher for the opportunity to read the e-arc in exchange for an honest review.
Catherine Flores - Listen To Your Inner Voice
Wonderful lesson about following your intuition
The story is on point! It has the potential to teach young children about following their intuition. The intuition! This book is a wonderful lesson about knowing something instinctively, which means: without using logic. And perhaps the story is also a useful reminder for grownups. 😉 On top of that, the story is wrapped in beautiful illustrations.
This book tells the story of a little fox, that learns from its mother the following very important lesson: "When you have to make a choice, listen to your inner voice." The little fox doesn’t know the real meaning of it yet and is irritated by seeing someone sad. This is the reason why the little fox ignores its own inner voice. It is the beginning of a dangerous adventure, but also of new learning... (Spoiler alert: everything will be alright in the end!)
A little fox must learn an important lesson from his mother about making choices that sends him on an adventure.
This is a well-written story that has a good rhythm to the text. Along with this, there is regular repetition of words and phrases making it ideal as a read-along story, such as to a class or one-to-one with a child.
'When you have to make a choice, listen to your inner voice.'
It would be well-suited to teaching, both for learning about making good, independent choices and for writing sequence-based narratives.
Throughout the book is beautifully illustrated using bold colours with strong contrast so the text is easy to find and read, plus the details in the pictures are clear. Periodically the art style seems to change; in some scenes, details are rendered with more shadow, for example in the faces of the characters. While this does not impact the appeal of the artwork, it does make it harder for a younger reader (the target age) to distinguish between characters, like the little fox and his mother.
The topic and writing style make this ideal for reading to two to six-year-olds. From the vocabulary used and how much of it is phonetically decodable, a child would be about seven years old to read this independently or with minimal support.
As a (very) minor note, the word 'internalises' is in the blurb on the back cover, which accurately describes the story arc. However, this would be challenging to a young reader, such as when choosing this in a library.
Listen To Your Inner Voice is the perfect conversation starter with little ones who aren't always sure how to make good decisions. I will say, Little Fox makes the error of not listening to his inner voice, and it puts him in danger (which my 3 year old was very uneasy about) but we talked about it at an age appropriate level. She absolutely loved the imagery, the illustrations are beautiful! My 7 year old understood the message right from the get go. The lesson about listening to your gut instincts is a good one! “When you have to make a choice, listen to your inner voice.”
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for making this book available for review.
The graphics are stunning, true, but the story itself is also absolutely great. I loved it so much.
And not only because I love foxes so much. It teaches children to:
a) listen to you mom :D
b) listen to your guts, if it is telling you something is fishy, you trust it!
Gorgeous illustrations and an important story about teaching children resilience, self reliance and and to trust in themselves.
This is a cute children's book with great illustration. I like the concept of it. This will be a great tool for parent's and children to discuss the inner voice.
I think it would have been cute if the little fox had a name.
Thank you for the opportunity of reading this on NetGalley.
This book has so many wonderful life lessons for children. One of the most important message is the actually title “Listen to your inner voice.” It depicts a little fox and his mother who teaches her son valuable life lessons which the little fox goes on in the story to apply in his decisions. It teaches the importance of obedience to parents as well as being attentive . Overall, I would highly recommend this book! I cannot wait to read this again!
Thank you to NetGalley for providing a copy of this in exchange for an honest review.
I really like this book. Great book about listening to that inner voice and what could happen when you do and don't. Would be great for a classroom or library.
The pictures that went with the book were well done and super colorful.
Overall, I definitely read more by this author.
This book illustrations are very beautiful, and the story is good as far as the message of listen to your inner voice and it it feels bad don’t do it. The only issue I have with the book even though I know that’s life cycles etc. is that some of the dangers may be to scary for sensitive children. Little fox goes exploring and has to make decisions along the way and face the consequences of those decisions.. Recommended for 7-9 year olds.
This was a lovely book about a fox listening to his inner voice. It had a good story progression and beautiful illustrations. The fox was a lovable character.
The little fox loved exploring his forest home and gets a real-life test when he befriends a dog.
The dog invites him on an adventure to the edge of the forest.
The fox remembered his mommy’s words, “𝗪𝗵𝗲𝗻 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗺𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝗮 𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗶𝗰𝗲, 𝗹𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗻 𝘁𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗶𝗻𝗻𝗲𝗿 𝘃𝗼𝗶𝗰𝗲.”
His inner voice said don’t go, but decided to ignore it because the dog was so persuasive. What could happen?
What could happen indeed!
Fox was led into many dangerous situations. How will he survive and find his way home to his family? Will he start listening to his inner voice?
A beautifully illustrated picture book that teaches little ones some very important lessons and sets the stage for important conversations at home.
Thank you Netgalley and ACL Creative Studio for the digital copy of this beautiful children’s book.
I grabbed a bunch of ARC children's books for our road trip last month and this was the favorite! They both really loved the illustrations, but the story really impacted them. A fox gets into some trouble, but gets out of it when he listens to his inner voice. This is now a household mantra, which is pretty awesome! I highly recommend this for any kid working on trusting themselves in decision making.
Thank you to NetGalley for this belatedly requested and reviewed ARC in exchange for an honest review.
A little fox is called to explore the woods, but his mom's words are in his mind:don't listen to strangers. But his curiosity is stronger than his inner voice so he is putting himself in danger.
Thanks to Netgalley for this adventure.
The story of a little fox about heeding his mother's advice to listen to his inner voice, and how ignores it brings him trouble, yet while following his inner voice brings him to safety. One good reminder to kids on how to listen to your inner voice when troubled. With great illustration, this book can be a treasure to children.