THE TALE OF FREDRICA THE FOX
About the Book
The envy of all the foxes in Vail because of her unique, red coat and magnificent tail, Fredrica fails to heed warnings about humans. She’s lured into a community of young people where she eventually finds herself living as their “pet” with all the finer things of life such as pizza, junk food, and a warm place to sleep.
However, environmentalists in the area open the eyes of her new friends to the harm they’re doing to her through their kindness. That means no more breakfast burritos for Fredrica. She sees herself as a forlorn forgotten fox, and for days she shivers in the cold den from lack of her thick beautiful coat and tail, destroyed by the junk food diet. Her fox life flashes before her eyes, and a sense of doom creeps over her. She recognizes the consequences of her folly and vows to be a humble and wiser fox.
This picture book for children tells a story of redemption and second chances through Fredrica’s struggles with pride and disobedience.
About the Author
Libby Davis has been an educator for thirty years. Following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, she was one of fifty Houston teachers assigned to teach refugee children from New Orleans that were sheltering in the Astrodome. This native Texan was first introduced to professional writing as the niece of two acclaimed journalists, Wick Fowler, and Elizabeth Fowler Draper. Wick was a war correspondent with Ernie Pyle in World War II, and was a columnist for the Dallas Morning News. Elizabeth is the author of twelve books of poetry that were published in the 1940’s, and was a columnist for the Chicago Sun Times for many years. In the 1970’s while living in Vail, CO, Libby acquired a love for the outdoors and Colorado wildlife. The beautiful mountains called her back to Vail in 2015, where she taught art at Vail Christian Academy. Through the combination of an unplanned encounter with a fox, and her vivid imagination, the story of Fredrica the fox was created. Her art students created the illustrations for the book, which is the first one in a series called Vail Tails; fictitious stories incorporating facts about the area’s wildlife. Libby now resides in Houston, Texas, as a mother of two grown children, and the grandmother of three young grandsons; Tyler, Travis, and Liam. Despite having Parkinson’s disease, she continues to stay active as a grandmother and author.