Red Fox Running by Eve Bunting and illustrated by Wendell Minor
A realistic look at the hardships faced by wild animals in the winter, accompanied by exquisite watercolor paintings. The story, told in rhyming text, follows a hungry red fox as he searches for prey. His desperate hunger and its toll on his body are conveyed through the descriptive and lyrical language. When he finds prey, his relief is palpable and we see him bring the food to his den to feed his mate and kits (not too graphically for young children). A book to teach children compassion and to help them understand the ways of nature – that one creature dies to keep other creatures alive. The paintings show the fox, other wild animals, the woods, and the sky and are very beautiful.