Saving Samantha

Saving Samantha

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Illustrated by Gijsbert van FrankenhuyzenIllustrator Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen and wife Robbyn team up again for another wildlife tale drawn from their encounters with the animal kingdom. Told in journal form and rendered in beautifully detailed artwork, the van Frankenhuyzens give a day in the life view as the fox Samantha begins her journey from injured kit to independent adult living on her own.Always respecting the boundaries between the wild and the human ways of life and based on years of work as licensed wildlife rehabilitators, Gijsbert and Robbyn recommend readers do not try this at home. Saving Samantha is Gijsbert's fourteenth book with Sleeping Bear Press. He has also illustrated the best-selling The Legend of Sleeping Bear, The Legend of Leelanau, and most recently The Edmund Fitzgerald: Song of the Bell. He and Robbyn live with their daughters in Bath, Michigan, on a 40-acre farm.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 48 pages
  • 233.68 x 281.94 x 12.7mm | 479.99g
  • Cengage Learning, Inc
  • Sleeping Bear Press
  • Florence, KY, United States
  • English
  • 1585362204
  • 9781585362202
  • 1,110,846

Review quote

"The author and illustrator of this picture book have lived on a 40-acre farm in Michigan since 1980, working together there to raise, rehabilitate and release orphaned and injured wildlife. Saving Samantha chronicles, in acutely observed journal entries and lush paintings, the first, extraordinary year of one young red fox's life. Samantha was discovered by the author as she was walking her dog on the farm. The tiny fox's leg was caught in a trap placed near its den. Releasing a frightened Samantha from the trap, the author takes her back to the farmhouse, realigns the broken bones in her leg and puts a cast on the leg. The fox goes into a crate in the kitchen, but soon graduates to her rescuer's lap, her first step on the way to a bigger world. During the next 12 months, Samantha learns to play and to hunt for her own food-the tyrant of the henhouse, old Igor the rooster, eventually becomes her dinner. As her absences from the farm extend to days and then weeks, the author experiences enormous satisfaction for a job well done, mixed with an inevitable sense of loss as enchanting Samantha leaves the family to start her own."
--"Globe & Mail" (April 2004)
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39 ratings
4.43 out of 5 stars
5 62% (24)
4 21% (8)
3 18% (7)
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