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Children's Fiction Bears

Fox and Bear

by (author) Miriam Körner

Red Deer Press
Initial publish date
Oct 2022
Bears, General, Foxes
Recommended Age
5 to 8
Recommended Grade
k to 3
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2022
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Sep 2022
    List Price

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Fox and Bear live happily in the forest until Fox decides to make life more productive and efficient. When Fox's inventions set off a chain of events that complicates life in unexpected ways, Bear is faced with the difficult decision about how he wants to live.

This a modern fable that raises existential questions for readers of all ages. The illustrations for Fox and Bear were created using recycled paper cut-outs and cardboard dioramas.

About the author

Miriam Körner is a writer and illustrator for children and young adults, whose titles have won numerous awards. Her novels and picture book collaborations express her love and concern for the natural world and explore our place within this world. She lives with her ten sled dogs in a small cabin in the boreal forest in Northern Saskatchewan and teaches at the Northern Saskatchewan Indigenous Teacher Education Program. She is a founding member of For Peat’s Sake – Protecting Northern Saskatchewan Muskegs.

Miriam Körner's profile page


  • Short-listed, Saskatchewan Book Award - Children’s Book Award

Editorial Reviews

"With the publication of Fox and Bear, author and illustrator Miriam Korner has created a modern fable that raises existential questions for children. Charmingly delightful and entertaining, Fox and Bear is a welcome and unreservedly recommended addition to family, elementary school, and community library picture book collections for young readers ages 5-8. It should be noted that Fox and Bear is also readily available in a digital book format."
Midwest Book Review

"Fox and Bear brilliantly juxtaposes the trade-off between a life that's rich thanks to the simplicity of pastoral existence and one made materially rich by efficiency and accumulation. Themes of sustainability and living in harmony with our natural resources in a circular economy are at play in the story. The book applauds thinking for ourselves and standing up for our convictions. What an inspiring moment it is when Bear finally decides what he really wants is a simple life. At its core, Fox and Bear reminds us to be happy with what we have."
Quill and Quire Starred Review

"Fox and Bear is a prophetic, fable-like picture book about how craving more can be destructive to happiness as well as to the natural world."
Canadian Children's Book Centre

"Fox and Bear is uniquely illustrated using recycled paper cut-outs and cardboard dioramas that enjoyably tell the story. They emphasize Korner's underlying theme of preserving forests. The storyline is cute and helps us realize that a simple life can often be better than a complicated one."
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