Book Description

Left alone when his friends hibernate, Nico the fox makes a friend from snow and befriends a real snow fox in the process.

Nico is a little red fox that spends spring, summer and autumn with his three friends, Ava, Olive and Linus. When his woodland friends hibernate for the winter, Nico is left all alone in a snowy wonderland. He unsuccessfully searches for a friend to keep him company during the long winter. To pass time, Nico builds a fox from snow. Little does he know, he’s about to become friends with a real snow fox. A story about cherishing old friends, perseverance, and making new friends.

  • A charming story about cherishing old friends and making new ones, set during the start of winter hibernation when fox’s usual friends are getting ready to take a season off.
  • Exquisite, gentle, beautifully designed illustrations.
  • A story with a relaxing tone that takes readers through the four seasons.

“The illustrations, rendered in soft, pale washes of tan, gray, green, and white, evoke an ethereal, indistinct woodland background, enhancing the still atmosphere of the spare text. … A quiet tale of friendship with a delightful surprise twist.” —Kirkus Reviews (U.S.)

“… Shojaie’s debut picture book gently extols the virtues of making different friends in different seasons of life.” Publishers Weekly(U.S.)

Rosemary Shojaie is an illustrator who is fascinated and inspired by chance meetings, memory, the passage of time, and the natural world. She especially loves the long, snowy winters of upstate New York, where she lives. She attended the University of Rochester and received her MA in Children’s Book Illustration from the Cambridge School of Art, in England. This is her first picture book.

Fountas & Pinnell Guided Reading Levels

Guided Reading Level: J

Grade Level Equivalent: 1

Educational Descriptions

Picture book, Life science context: animals & seasons, habitat, Story elements: setting: The woodlands, plot and character development, main character, Nico the red fox, problem and solution, speech bubbles, Illustrations enhance meaning and tone, Comprehension strategies: Predicting outcomes, sequence events, identify cause and effect relationships, & changes from beginning to end of the story. Themes: our natural world, hibernation, animals, loneliness, friendship.

Interest Age: 4 to 7 years

Reading Age: 6 to 8 years

RRP: £10.99

ISBN: 978-1-76036-099-3

Format: Hardback

World rights available, except for France, Australia, Canada, China, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK and the US.


Book Details
Rosemary Shojaie
Rosemary Shojaie
25.0 cm in H · 21.5 cm in W · 40 pages
Release Date:
November 2021
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