Hector Fox and the Giant Quest

Jennie Fitzkee has been teaching children to read for over 30 years and is very picky about the books that she shares with them.. so when she recommends a book… such as Hector Fox and the Giant Quest.. you know your child will be in safe hands…

A Teacher's Reflections

Hector Fox and the Giant Quest

I have been teaching preschool for thirty-five years.  I’m the guru of picture books at school.  Frankly I’m picky, and I know a good book when I read one.  Hector Fox and the Giant Quest by Astrid Sheckels is outstanding, so good that I purchased it for myself in 2016.  Here is what sets this book above the rest:

The illustrations are simply stunning and rich in detail.  Every page draws the reader into the story.  Astrid’s rendition of each animal, the forest, and Hector’s house is remarkable.

The animals in the story are familiar and also unfamiliar, giving children the comfort of what they know, and curiosity to learn something new.  How many children know of a marten?  None in my classroom.  Instead of making the animals all one size, Astrid purposely gives them correct proportions – and it works!


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