The Wedding of Mistress Fox

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As she rejects suitor after suitor, the recently widowed Mistress Fox almost despairs of finding a new husband with the same wonderful qualities as the late Mr. Fox.

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After studying at Marburg, Jacob became a clerk in the War Office at Kassel, and in 1808 librarian to Jerome Bonaparte, King of Westphalia. In 1841 he received Professorship at Berlin, and in 1854 began work on Deutsches Worterbuch with his brother.

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Grade 3-4-A fine rendition of an obscure tale. The story itself is a slight one: when old Mr. Fox dies, Mrs. Fox becomes a dignified, highly desirable widow. Master Wolf and other hopeful suitors arrive, only to be rejected because none possesses the desired qualities: red trousers, sharp nose, a tail dipped in white. At last, young Master Fox arrives, and is received and accepted. This retelling skillfully enlarges this simple story. Here, it is fittingly set in the Victorian period. Mistress Fox lives in an elegant mansion, filled to the brim with ornate furniture, knickknacks, and ponderous portraits of old Mr. Fox in various triumphant poses. (One whimsically depicts him in the classic great hunter stance, standing atop a pile of dead geese.) The action is facilitated by the maid, a sly orange cat who gossips with the villagers, ushers suitors in and out, and who lives happily well-fed ever after. Bishop's wonderfully detailed, pen-and-ink illustrations (reminiscent of Ardizzone's lively art) perfectly complement the text, and expand upon the action. Libraries with strong folklore collections will especially appreciate this excellent retelling.
Marilyn Taniguchi, Santa Monica Public Library, CA
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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