The Hidden Talent of Phoenix Fox

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Pub Date 01 Jan 2023 | Archive Date 01 Feb 2023

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Picture Book

Phoenix the fox lives a happy life in the forest. Then, his friends decide to put on a talent show to find the most talented animal in the forest. They each work on their talents, from cake baking to acrobatics. But when Phoenix tries to master any of these talents, nothing seems to work. Then he starts writing and drawing his misadventures. Maybe his true talent is storytelling! This is a poignant and colorful tale about embracing differences, recognizing one’s strengths, and problem solving.

Picture Book

Phoenix the fox lives a happy life in the forest. Then, his friends decide to put on a talent show to find the most talented animal in the forest. They each work on their talents, from...

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ISBN 9781508199915
PRICE $28.93 (USD)

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Quick Summary: A special book about finding and celebrating your gifts

My Review: The Hidden Talent of Phoenix Fox by Kristina Radkevich was a treasure chest of goodness. The underlying message of the story was about recognizing your own personal gifts, while at the same time appreciating the gifts and abilities of others. No matter what age you are when reading this special book, you will be able to take away a positive message.

My Final Say: This book was a quick read, and though cute, it conveyed a powerful message.

Rating: 5/5
Recommend: Yes
Audience: 4-8

Appreciation is extended to the author, to the publisher, and to NetGalley, who provided access to this title in exchange for an honest review.

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Fox is excited at first when his friends decide to have a talent contest. But then fox soon realizes they aren’t as good at things as their friends. Eventually, Fox finds their talent. A cute story although I wish there had been more to it.

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I absolutely love this picture book. Picture storybooks usually do not have much to say but this one does!

I felt happier reading this one and I feel this would brighten up the entire classroom reading this book together with the kids. Such an important life lesson the little fox story is trying to tell us.

It’s no use trying to imitate other people’s best talents. It’s no use fretting over not having their talents. But we have to focus on what talents we have instead.

Such a good read. The illustrations are so good!!!!

Thank you, Windmill Books, for the advance reading copy.

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I received an arc of this title from NetGalley for an honest review. This picture book is an excellent book for kids about problem solving and friendship. Cute story and illustrations.

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Awww I loved this one. The message about sticking with it…perseverance and making it very easy for children to understand.

The illustrations are so good too.

It’s a great children’s book.

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Thank you to the author, Windmill Books and NetGalley, for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This children's book is a quick read, and the clear message sparked a good conversation with the kids I read it with: Don't compare yourself with others, everyone has their own unique talents and it's all about discovering what these are rather than trying to imitate others. The illustrations were great, but I would have liked to see more of a rounded off story - I felt the ending fizzled out a bit.

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When his friends decide to hold a talent competition, Phoenix struggles to find one thing that he's really good at. Seeing his many, many attempts and experiments are great fun for the reader. In the end, his real talent should surprise and delight you.

This was quite an enjoyable read, and the author's amusing illustrations put a smile on my face.

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Phoenix Fox and his friends have a talent show to see who is the most talented animal in the forest. Some of his friends are bakers, gardeners, or inventors. Because Phoenix isn't sure what his talent could be, he tries out his friends' talents. When all of them seem to be failures for him, he feels defeated. With the encouragement of friends, he discovers another talent he had all along.

The art in this book is so whimsical and cute. It reminded me of a "Winnie the Pooh" storyline and art style, in the best way. I appreciated the theme of this book, which I have been seeing more and more in kids' books of recognizing and encouraging the uniqueness of people (and animals).

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This is the story of Phoenix the Fox and his search for something he can do at the talent show with his friends. He tries many things and has no talent to perform at the show. After the show is over he realizes he would like to tell his friends about all the things he tried and finds out he has a talent after all. Its a great lesson that even when you think you have no talent you can find a hidden talent when you least expect it.

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When ask about one's talent, sometimes it is not clear. You can see it right away, or not. As Phoenix the fox does. After trying some talents, he seems don't have one in particular. But with time, he found his and can be a special addition to his friends' ones. A heartwarming story and encouraging one for those who struggles to find their worth in the world.

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I absolutely adored the book. The illustrations are beautiful, the text is easy to follow by children and the message is a very powerful one. The book gives children the opportunity to think and develop their talent and creativity.
Children's inclinations towards a certain field or activity can be seen even from kindergarten. When they are left to do what they like, they are more attentive to the activities and they retain easier the knowledge that is passed on to them. Thus, a child's play can turn into a performance over time.
Taking the example of the fox, it is equally important to let the children understand when they make mistakes, because this gives them confidence in their own strength.

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