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.
Rating: 4 Stars
This is a cute story to share with a little one as warmth returns to us, now that spring is beginning again.
Argyle Fox is an intelligent little fox that may seem stubborn when he’s continually trying to play games that others are telling him won’t work in the strong wind, but I thought this showed strength of character. He wasn’t being rude to them, but rather learning for himself why something might not be plausible, such as building a card tower outside when it’s windy.
His inevitable turn to kite flying is nice, though I question whether knitting a tail for the kite (the inspiration from his mother’s knitting) would have worked quite as well as is pictured in the book. A lot of yarn is quite heavy and given the size of the kite, I think it would’ve weighed Argyle Fox’s kite down rather than enabled it to soar as shown.
Regardless, this tale is a good one about perseverance and learning to work with what you have. Argyle Fox tried to play with a variety of things, such a card towers and a cardboard castle, that simply didn’t work. In the end, flying kites with your friends, especially with kites you made for them, can be just as enjoyable.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.