The wishing foxes
- Margaret Read MacDonald with Jen and Nat Whitman ; illustrated by Kitty Harvill.
- First edition.
- Little Rock : Plum Street Publishers, 2017.
- Copyright notice
- Physical description
- 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
At the library
- Includes bibliographical references in: About the story (copyright page). This Appalachian version is changed from the "The heads in the well" which is a subset of the Aarne--Thompson tale type 480 "The kind and the unkind girls."
In this Appalachian version of The Kind and the Unkind Girls, two sisters--Bess and Tess--are sent by their mother to draw water from the Well-at-the-End-of-the-World. Along the way they meet a bear, a mountain lion, a wild boar, and three little foxes. When Bess greets them with courtesy and respect, the foxes reward her kindness. Tess, greedy for her own bounty, can't be bothered with manners; she bonks the animals with her bucket, kicks them with her boots, and slings the little foxes to the ground. In the end, both sisters get their just deserts.
- Presents an Appalachian version of the story of two sisters sent on an errand in which kindness is rewarded.
- Folklore > Appalachian Region > Juvenile literature.
- Folklore > Appalachian Region.
- Sisters > Juvenile fiction.
- Forest animals > Juvenile fiction.
- Behavior > Juvenile fiction.
- Conduct of life > Juvenile fiction.
- Kindness > Juvenile fiction.
- Bullies > Juvenile fiction.
- Wishes > Juvenile fiction.
- Girls > Juvenile fiction.
- Wells > Juvenile fiction.
- Children's songs > Adaptations > Juvenile literature.
- Children's songs.
- Conduct of life.
- Forest animals.
- Appalachian Region.
- Juvenile works.
- Publication date
- Copyright date
- When reading the song of Bess and Tess you can sing it to the tune of "Skip to my Lou."
- 9781945268014 (hardback)
- 1945268018 (hardback)
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