‘Fox closed his eyes, took a deep breath and fell asleep forever’.
Fox has lived a long and happy life, but now he is tired. He slowly returns to the clearing in the forest where he has spent so many wonderful times. He takes his last breath and dies. As snow settles over his body, his friends return to say goodbye to him. They spend the night looking back at the joyful moments they spent together and reflect on all the things that fox enjoyed in his life. When morning arrives, a small tree has grown in the spot where fox died, and continues to grow and flourish into the tallest tree in the forest. It is a place of comfort and protection for the forest animals. And so, ‘fox lived on in their hearts forever’.
Britta Teckentrup’s distinctive visual style (a blend of collage and printmaking) gracefully compliments this gentle story.