Flossie & the Fox - WikipediaThank you! McKissack tells ""a story from my youth, retold in the same rich and colorful language that was my grandfather's,"" a delicious reversal of Red Riding Hood that serves as parable of black outwitting white. Flossie Finley is to carry eggs through the Tennessee forest to Miz Viola, watching out for the ""ol' slickster"" fox, who loves eggs. Flossie isn't scared, but ""disremembers"" ever seeing a fox, so when the fox introduces himself she remains unconvinced--through several delightful exchanges as the fox becomes more and more distraught at her lack of recognition ""I am a fox, and you will act accordingly. Unless you can show you a fox, I'll not accord you nothing!
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In a creative and sly twist on the traditional Red Riding Hood story, a little girl named Flossie is sent through the woods to bring the neighbors a basket of eggs, because a fox has been terrorizing their henhouse. Flossie has never seen a fox, but when she takes a shortcut through the woods she encounters one. He introduces himself as a fox, eyeing her basket of eggs, and she cheerfully replies that she does not believe he is what he says he is. As she continues her walk, he offers different pieces of evidence to prove his identity: his thick fur, his pointy nose, his yellow eyes, his bushy tail. The book is illustrated with beautiful paintings, evocative of the historic rural American South, and the little girl is rendered charmingly in a number of pleasant outdoor scenes. The book ends with young Flossie grinning over her shoulder, basket of eggs under her arm, as she acknowledges her opponent as a fox — just as the farm dog chases him away.