Sunday, January 25, 2015

Father Fox's Pennyrhymes

Father Fox's Pennyrhymes
Clyde Watson ~ Wendy Watson ~ Scholastic, 1971

The beloved nursery rhyme classic written and illustrated by two sisters from Vermont about the stories a father fox tells his brood of 15 kits. We've always loved this book in our house because of how each rhyme is accompanied by an illustration that fully and precisely tells the tale, often starring one or many of the fox children. A small and busy feast for the eyes.

Mister Lister sassed his sister
Married his wife 'cause he couldn't resist her,
Three plus four times two he kissed her:
How many times is that, dear sister.

Belly & Tubs went out in a boat,
Tubs wore knickers & Belly a coat,
They got in a quarrel & started to shout
And the boat tipped over & they tumbled out.

Ride your red horse down Vinegar Lane,
Gallop, oh Gallop, oh gallop again!
Thistles & foxholes & fences beware:
I've seventeen children and none can I spare.

Thomas Thomas Tinkertoes
Upside down & away he goes!
He's off to call upon the Queen
In blue & crimson velveteen.


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Tera said...

A very, very charming book I think! On my list :)

Robyn said...

Oh how I loved this book! My mother's best friend was a librarian and this is one of the books that she sent me for Christmas one year. Fond memories!

Kimberly said...

I just found a copy at a local thrift store and knew I must purchase it, thanks to your review!

Rachel said...

I found this at Goodwill for a quarter, and it is my very favorite children's book ever.

betsy said...

Hi All! I am Clyde Watson, the author of this book. How I love reading your comments. I have brand new copies of this book and other out-of-print titles for sale if anyone is interested!

Anonymous said...

This was one of our family's favorite books. Both my sons loved it. I can't find it and would love one for my granddaughter! Please tell me how to order.

Thank you.

Unknown said...

Hello Mr Watson, Have been looking all over for copies of Father Fox and Tom Fox and the Apple Pie, do you still have copies of these 2 titles for sale? My kids and then grandkids just "loved" them to bits, literally, and I have never found copies for sale again. Thanks for the many, many happy hours the rhymes and pictures have given my family. Regards, Carol Clearwater, Ballarat, Australia

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