16.5.11

The Fox Diaries By Valarie Budayr- A Giveaway!

It has been around two years since I discovered Valarie's blog A Place Like This… and always enjoy her variety of subjects.  On any given day there will be beautiful photographs of nature, travel, food, craft projects as well as friends and family.  A Place Like This… exudes warmth, love and a genuine pleasure in the details of family life.  
I was intrigued when Valarie started writing posts about a Momma fox and her family of kits who frolicked in her yard.  I found myself drawn to the rhythms of their daily adventures.  

Not unlike the observations that Jane Goodall recorded with her chimpanzees, Valarie intimately observed the interactions between the Momma fox and her four kits.  


In Valarie's words: It was purely a magical time. I couldn't believe she came to my house and I was able to stop my life and just sit and watch. Momma Rennie included me into her world.


I was so excited for Valarie when she shared with me that she had taken her beautiful photographs and daily recording of the foxes lives and made them into a beautiful book titled:
The Fox Diaries: The Year The Foxes Came To Our Garden:

This book is special.  It captures the magic of these animals and gives us an intimate look at how foxes learn to hunt, dig and work as a team- through play and gentle encouragement from their loving and stoic Momma.  Furthermore, the book includes information which facilitates educational discussion with my monkeys and even taught Dr. J and I some interesting facts about foxes.  This book encompasses two important aspects of reading: enchantment and education. It reinforces the rhythms of life and nature and personifies these often elusive animals.

The book is described on the publishers website Audrey Press as:
From forest to front yard, have a rare glimpse into the private lives of a momma fox and her four baby kits. Watch in awe as these baby foxes learn to navigate this wild and wonderful world, discovering equally its danger and treasures. Come and meet Momma Rennie and her little fox family and share with them this magical journey called life.



Valarie has generously offered to host a giveaway for one of my readers to win a copy of The Fox Diaries.  
To enter please leave a comment below before next Monday 

(May 23rd)

I will announce the winner one week from today!


32 comments:

marybelle said...

The foxes are just so beautiful. I loved hearing the young ones referred to as kits.

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David Toms said...

I just love foxes and my favourite show as a child was the BAsil Brush show which was an English show with a Fox Puppet as the star!

eidolons said...

I love seeing this book all over blogland. I can't wait to get ahold of a copy to read. (:

cpcable said...

Oh! I too have loved Valarie's blog and especially the posts about the foxes. I haven't visited there in awhile so I had no idea about the book. How awesome!

Nat said...

How cool is that! I am very fond of foxes.... think it stems from my love of Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr Fox as a child :-)

mermaid gallery said...

I love the wild animals and insight into their world is so special....

Krystal said...

I think that sounds like such a cool book!!! I'd love to be entered :)

Bossy Betty said...

Sounds like a wonderful book!

katie said...

ohh this sounds too cute!! count me in!

sheba said...

wow, that's pretty awesome! the only wildlife we have around here are pigeons and squirrels!

Hannah {Culture Connoisseur} said...

Ooo. I want. This sounds so dreamy. I wish foxes lived in my area.

Amber Blue Bird said...

that sounds like a lovely book.

The Barefoot Crofter said...

I love Valarie's blog, but I was too late finding it for the Fox posts. We have no foxes on the Island at all. The chickens are very happy about that mind you. x

Mama Gone Green said...

How sweet! Reminds me of the movie the Fox and the Child!

la petite coquine said...

What beautiful creatures, and a wonderful story! It reminds me of my own Mama; she loves the family of wild turkeys, the deer, and the bunnies in our yard!

Nikki said...

Ooh I can't wait to read it! What an amazing experience.

Signe said...

What a great gift! I just love foxes, you see them a lot up north in Norway :)

Elisa said...

what a neat experience! I would be thrilled if I'm chosen.

Grace said...

What an absolutely wonderful looking book. My kids and I would enjoy it. At our last house we had a fox family across the street but we didn't get to see them that much. They are beautiful animals.

jacqueline said...

Dearest sweet ren, i am a huge fan of sweet Valarie's fox diaries too! She is so amazing. :) Very excited for Valarie as well and so happy to see a write up on her and her book here! Have a lovely merry happy week and love to you!

Brandi {not your average ordinary} said...

What an adorable start for a book! When I was young, we had a little family of foxes in the woods by our home. They were so cute and small. I'd so love to have a copy of this book.

Galit said...

Please count me in!!! It looks wonderful! Mili would love it so much!!

Kristin H said...

A fitting post... right now. Look at how gorgeous they are...well in London they are to the people quite a problem so in my street they are doing all sorts of killing them off...help! I am keeping my distance!

Mo Pie, Please said...

What an awesome story!!! I would love to read this book!

Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl said...

Wow, how lucky it is to have something liek this jappen to you. It's like beign chosen by a fanily of animals - totally magical, if you ask me!

Silver Strands said...

Wow - I would very much like to win this :)

Anya adores said...

I adore foxes - so cute, clever and ginger - what a lovely giveaway - would love to enter.
Have a great day.
A xxx

Georgina Dollface said...

I'd love to win that book! What a lucky woman to have a family of foxes choose her to tell their story! - G

liza said...

Oh, please count me in! We've been loving seeing the fox trot through our yard at about 4PM each day with her food for her kits. They are such beautiful animals!

heather said...

what a great book to win!!! i would love this!

Courtney said...

how lovely and what a great book!

mary helmke said...

Thank you for hosting this precious giveaway book. We have foxes in are area,but I haven't seen to many. When I've seen one it's usually late when the sun is going down...they are very fast...
Mary

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