Flossie and the Fox

By Patricia C. McKissack

Illustrated by Rachel Isadora

Published by Dial Books for Young Readers 1986

Flossie Finley is sent on an errand to bring a basket of eggs to J.W. McCutchin’s farm.  Their farm has been terrorized by a thieving fox, and Flossie is warned before she leaves.  On her way, she comes upon the fox, but tells him that she doesn’t believe he is a fox.  The fox spends the rest of Flossie’s journey trying to convince her that he indeed is a fox.  Before he knows it, they are at McCutchin’s farm and he is chased by the farmer’s dogs.  Who is more crafty– Flossie or the fox?

English VA SOL grade 10 examines dialect, and this book is a terrific example of Black Southern dialect.  The cadence of the language and the historical setting of slavery (or at least servitude– it’s not clear) is an authentic, genuine writing.

Accessed: Augusta Country Library



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