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Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite
In FoxHide by John C Hill, a family of foxes has just moved into their new home after their previous den was destroyed by Hurricane Cleo. The name on their mailbox is Hyde and they live at the base of a giant cypress tree in the forest. Follow their adventures as they settle into their new environment and learn the importance of caring for one another and respecting the feelings of others. Along the way, they meet some interesting characters, such as NutraRat, Bubba Buzzard, and the dangerous HoundDawgs and coyotes. As the family tries to survive, they discover that not everyone has a kind nature and sometimes there are animals that wish to cause them harm, especially Humans. But the Hyde family also teaches us how we can all live in harmony as nature intended.
FoxHide by John C Hill is an enchanting story that will encourage children's love and understanding of nature. It was wonderful to see the world through the eyes of these beautiful creatures, their views on humans and why they need to hunt. The characters were all very interesting and each contributed to the plot perfectly. One of my particular favorites was DaddyFox with his quirky ways such as getting rid of fleas and making them feel like 'like a hot potato'. I also loved the wily nature and intelligence of Strike. The story is filled with important life lessons that will help children's development and confidence greatly. They will learn how to see mistakes as opportunities for learning, how to emulate successful people, that parents make rules and boundaries to keep you safe, and that for every action there are good or bad consequences. There are many emotional moments, such as the event involving Frizzle which was incredibly moving, but also many funny moments. A wonderful story that is engaging and heartwarming.