Meet Herbert, the rabbit who knows he was born to be a fox. When his mommy isn't looking, he puts on pointy fox ears, makes himself a bushy tail, and asks his sister to paint him orange, just like a fox. But Mommy doesn't understand; why can't he just be a good rabbit?
This delightful picture book is a true celebration of being ourselves and supporting our loved ones. Let this joyful tale inspire you to be who you are and follow your dreams.
"A rabbit plays dress-up.
In a friendly world of anthropomorphic animals, cats and porcupines play hopscotch, owls play chase, and Herbert, a yellow rabbit, plays fox. He 'loved foxes so much, he made himself a pair of red ears,' but his mother tells him that 'rabbit ears aren't short and pointy.' His other attempts at passing himself off as a fox are met with similar disagreement—and scoldings—as when he tries to paint himself red (and makes quite a mess) and cuts a red tail out of his mother's dress. It isn't until Herbert sneaks out in full fox regalia and is seen playing with real foxes (apparently predator-prey relationships are erased in this world) by his mother and little sister that his mother relents: 'I AM A FOX!' he insists, and his mother finally responds with, 'You are my fox.' Dress-up and dramatic play are common among children, and read as a lighthearted story about letting children play as they want to, this is anodyne and pleasant. Readers tempted to see or use this as a way to open up conversations about self-identity may wish to consider instead stories that address the realities of complex human communities head-on.
A familiar story competently told."—Kirkus Reviews—Journal
Margaret Sturton is based in Hampshire, UK. She's an author and illustrator who has studied Fine Art Sculpture and Children's Book Illustration. Margaret's mixed ethnic heritage inspires her exploration of identity and belonging. Margaret Sturton is based in Hampshire, UK. She's an author and illustrator who has studied Fine Art Sculpture and Children's Book Illustration. Margaret's mixed ethnic heritage inspires her exploration of identity and belonging.