Hattie and the Fox

Written by Mem Fox
Illustrated by Patricia Mullins

For ages 0 to 6

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This book is best for:
  • identifying parts
  • sequencing


Hattie sees something frightening in the bushes. She warns the other farm animals, but none of them pay much attention to her - not until the scary creature emerges and terrifies them all!

Hattie and the Fox is a cumulative tale which uses bouncy repetition to build suspense and engagement. The predictable pattern allows children to join in with the story while using their best character voices. This book can be used to work on parts of animals as each part of the fox is slowly revealed. It is also an excellent choice for teaching simple sequencing skills. For example: “first Hattie saw a nose in the bushes, then she saw two eyes, next she saw…”

For further speech and language targets in Hattie and the Fox, see the list below.

Book Details

Narrative Structure: Action Sequence

Story Plot: Repetitive Tale

  • farm animals

Speech and Language Targets

Speech Sounds:
  • /n/ - nose, next, hen, in, can
  • /s/ - said, surprised, goodness, gracious, goose, horse
  • /t/ - two, tail, Hattie (character), what
  • /z/ - nose, eyes, ears, legs
  • conjunctions (and)
  • modals (can)
  • plurals
  • subjective pronoun (I)
  • labelling
  • identifying parts
  • describing
  • predicting
  • location concept - out (e.g. the fox is coming out of the bushes)
  • character description
  • time
  • sequencing
  • initiating event
  • problem
  • direct character speech
Book Info

Published by Simon & Schuster in 1996 (ISBN: 9780689716119)

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