Problem solving skills are one of the most important things being taught in today's elementary schools. It builds independence and confidence and fosters a growth mindset. Which is why I loved Argyle Fox immensely. It isn't always easy to find a book where a child character with a problem is given such minimal aid from a guardian and allowed to find a solution on their own.
With charming illustrations and an adorable hero, Argyle Fox, would make both a fantastic bedtime read or addition to a classroom library. While the message of being resourceful and inventive isn't likely to be noticed by children it's sure to inspire similar creative responses. But if not, it's a fun story with cute animals youngsters will enjoy.
Notes: Review copy received via NetGalley.
Print (32 pages, TANGLEWOOD)
Argyle Fox, with his signature style, wants to play outside on a springtime day, but the wind is wreaking havoc with his fun and games. As soon as he builds a card tower, climbs into a giant spider web, or takes up his pirate sword, here comes the wind: Woosh!
Mama Fox tells grumpy Argyle that if he thinks long enough, he will come up with something to do. Following his mother’s suggestion and inspired by her knitting, he works all the pieces of his day together and creates the perfect solution.
The story of Argyle teaches that failure is often a path to success and celebrates perseverance, creative thinking, and an old-fashioned springtime activity. (Ages 3-7)