The Tale Of The Animals' Christmas In Crouch End

A Fable for Children and Their Parents

Children - Animals
80 Pages
Reviewed on 09/06/2023
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Reviewed by Philip Van Heusen for Readers' Favorite

Not only will children enjoy this sweet Christmas story, but their parents will too. The animal characters in The Tale of the Animals’ Christmas in Crouch End come to life through the words of Lance Lee and illustrations by Meilo So. Rufus the Red Fox is curious about the meaning of Christmas since so many humans celebrate it. Through a series of events, he meets Marvin the Mole and his wife Mary. Even though Rufus appears tough, he needs friends just like anyone else. Marvin and his two sons agree to work on fixing up Rufus’ place. A mole and a fox becoming friends is unusual, so it causes quite a stir. In the end, they all end up celebrating Christmas. How can all the creatures fit into Rufus’ small home to celebrate? Can hunters become friends with their traditional prey? Read this story and find out.

Here is a Christmas story that will keep you engaged. The Tale of the Animals’ Christmas in Crouch End by Lance Lee will pique your interest and hold your attention from the first page. The author writes in a manner that draws you into the story. Your child will be excited to see how well the various creatures get along. They are each unique yet when they put aside their differences, they learn they can celebrate together in harmony. I recommend parents use this book as a foundation to discuss how to accept people who are different from them, how to celebrate together, and the joy of giving, sharing, and togetherness. Rufus learned that Christmas was so much more than receiving gifts. One key takeaway to teach your child is that if you love others, you can’t treat them badly. Rufus’ life was changed for the better when he learned what makes Christmas special.

Melinda Facal

The Tale of the Animals’ Christmas in Crouch End: A Fable for Children and Their Parents by Lance Lee with illustrations by Meilo So shares an enchanting tale of wonder, friendship, and the true meaning of Christmas. Rufus Fox, Marvin Mole, Belinda the pigeon, and a host of other endearing animals have their differences while trying to survive in the city. During an extremely rainy season, Rufus needs some assistance, and the animals discover more about one another and grow closer. As winter approaches, the animals become curious about why the humans around them are stringing up lights and bringing trees inside their homes. Throughout the holiday season, Rufus and his friends learn many valuable lessons with the help of a magical fairy and Father Christmas.

The Tale of the Animals’ Christmas in Crouch End by Lance Lee is a beautiful and cozy read for the holiday season. This heartwarming story is filled with lovable animals and gorgeous illustrations that highlight the warmth and radiance of the holidays. These charming animals drink tea, have thoughtful and funny conversations, and even dress up at times. Readers of all ages will be fascinated by these whimsical animals and their delightful personalities. All the animals working together peacefully inspires goodwill and conveys the spirit of Christmas. Meaningful discussions may be sparked as Rufus the fox discovers the real reason why the world rejoices at Christmas time. This uplifting and enjoyable fable will soon become a family favorite that everyone will look forward to reading each year.

Bryone Peters

The Tale of the Animals' Christmas in Crouch End by Lance Lee is a beautiful story about finding the Christmas spirit. The animals are confused and curious as to why the humans celebrate Christmas. The fairy tells Fox to experience Christmas to see what all the fuss is about. Unfortunately, his house was flooded with water and is a complete mess. After he approaches the amazingly adept Marvin Mole and his family of builders, they reluctantly agree to repair and renovate his home by Christmas. All the animals are involved in the preparations for Christmas festivities. However, things go wrong along the way. The animals lose their enthusiasm. Will the animals be able to experience Christmas and the Christmas spirit? Or might they need a little magic?

The Tale of the Animals' Christmas in Crouch End by Lance Lee is a magical story. The illustrations by Meilo So are captivating, colorful, and cute. Readers will love the many pictures scattered throughout the book, like I did. Even the single ones of smaller sizes were a great attraction and the larger spreads were a welcomed temporary distraction from the text. The dialogue is clear and easy to follow. The story was intriguing from start to end. I could not stop reading to see how everything turned out. Parents will enjoy reading this story to their young ones. Older children will also enjoy reading the book in anticipation of finding out how the pictures relate to the story. That’s all part of the fun of it!