Book Title: Frost (available here)
Author: Holly Webb
Publisher: Little tiger
Publication Date: October 2020
Most Suitable For: Years 3-5
Reviewed By: Jayne Gould
Frost is the seventh of Holly Webb's stand-alone Winter Animal stories and is a time-slip adventure involing a small fox with a white tail-tip. Time-slip adventures are one way of writing historical fiction, often linking the characters to events in the past which may have relevance to them in the present.
In this gentle story, Cassie is led by a befriended fox cub back through time and the snowy streets of London, to the Frost Fair of 1683. Held on the frozen Thames, this was an amazing spectacle, with the ice crammed with people enjoying entertainment of all kinds. Cassie had heard about the fairs from Mrs Morris, her elderly next-door neighbour, who also keeps the secret that she is feeding the foxes on the estate where they live.
Cassie has formed a bond with one cub she has named Frost, due to the sprinkling of white in her coat and the tip of her tail. And it is Frost who takes her on an adventure, not only helping her to safety in the past, but also to rescuing Mrs Morris after she falls in the snow, showing that kindness has its rewards, whatever the century.
This is an enjoyable story, with appeal for animal-loving readers.
Many thanks to the publisher for sending us a review copy of this book and to our Review Panel member for reviewing it.
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