The story, “Kiddo and the Fox”, is a story about a little lamb named Kiddo who had a tendency to wander away from the herd and get lost. The herd lived on “rolling green pastures and sprawling flower fields”. The sheep herd was protected by the shepherd’s sheepdogs, these dogs would repeatedly tell Kiddo to not wander off and pay better attention. This story is a fantasy story with a theme that explains the dangers of not being aware of your surroundings. The author explains this by describing Kiddo’s misadventure into the woods while following a butterfly. Kiddo ends up becoming very lost in the woods and being trapped by a hungry fox. Another theme of this story is that an individual’s pride may end badly as the fox’s pride helped the sheepdogs find Kiddo, the lost lamb. The fox was proud of the fact that she was the best singer in the forest so when Kiddo questioned this, the fox attempted to prove the lamb by singing loud enough to attract the attention of the sheepdogs. The sheepdogs found Kiddo and saved her from the fox.
I believe that this story is appropriate for children ages 5 and up because it addresses the fact that curiosity is great but only in moderation. It also addresses the danger of being curious and that self-awareness is just as important as curiosity.
Hiens, D., & Welden, A. (2019, January 13). Kiddo and the Fox from Stories Podcast – A Free Children’s Story Podcast for Bedtime, Car Rides, and Kids of All Ages! Retrieved February 20, 2019, from https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/wondery/stories-podcast/e/58165199