written by Beth Ferry and illustrated by Gergely Dudás
Fox & Rabbit
Meet Fox, who likes trying new things and is scared of heights. Meet Rabbit, who likes being prepared and is scared of everything! Together in this book, the readers learns about how these two characters develop a special friendship together and overcome their fears. This book is divided into five chapters and readers will love reading the adventures of these two lovable, funny and amusing characters.
Fox and Rabbit Make Believe
Fox & Rabbit Make Believe is the second graphic novel written by Beth Ferry and illustrated by Gergely Dudás. This vibrant and beautifully illustrated book is a wonderful graphic novel about friendship, make believe, and every day adventures. In this book, Fox and Rabbit will learn about making new friendships with other characters and watch their friend’s imagination go wild!
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Social Skills and Graphic Novels
Graphic novels can be a very effective way to teach social skills and learn valuable lessons about conversation, friendships and conflict resolution. Since graphic novels are so visually appealing, students can read the text and use other visual cues such as facial expressions and other nonverbal communication to interpret social cues.
Fox & Rabbit are wonderful books to use during a classroom lesson and a social skills lesson. For example, in Fox & Rabbit Make Believe, Fox gets gum stuck in his fur. What is he going to do? His friend thinks that adding peanut butter will help. Nope! It just makes it worse. Finally, after trying to problem solve, the pair decide to shave off the hair and go bare (not bear, but bare!). Fox feels ashamed of his new look and wants to run away. Rabbit finds Fox and reassures him that it’s inside what counts, not what you look like outside. This situation shows what real friendship is all about.
Use the dialogue between the characters to help children understand turn taking and topic maintenance. Ask your students and or child how the characters are feeling based on their nonverbal communication and dialogue.
For example, in this conversation between Fox and Rabbit, they are trying to figure out what they can buy with the money they have. First they count the money and want to buy an ice cream store! Rabbit tells Fox that less than 10 dollars is not enough to buy an ice cream store but more than enough to buy ice cream. They then decide together to go get ice cream. Here are some questions, I would ask my students:
- What are they talking about?
- How much money do they have?
- How much money do you think an ice cream store costs?
- Where are they going?
- Tell me how much you think an ice cream costs and who you like to get ice cream with.
- How does Fox feel when realizes he can’t buy an ice cream store?
Beth Ferry is the author of many books for young readers, including Caveboy Crush, The Scarecrow, and the New York Times–bestselling Stick and Stone. She lives in New Jersey with her family.
To learn more about Beth, visit her website here!