Thanks to Stephen Miller for helping us fill out our database with this classic children’s literature title, The Fox and the Hound, by Daniel P. Mannix. Stephen’s review of it at his Travels with Tio website.
“The Fox and the Hound” is perhaps the best animal story I’ve ever experienced. It’s author, Daniel Pratt Mannix (1911-1997), was an American journalist, photographer, film maker, sideshow performer, animal trainer, and brilliant writer. His books cover a wide diversity of subjects with titles including “Memoirs of a Sword Swallower,” and “The Backyard Zoo.” His animal stories were lauded for the unique voices he gave his characters. These stories foretold the environmental consequences of human interference with the balance of the Natural world.
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Author(s): Publisher: Pocket Books
Tod, a red fox, is sharp-witted, cunning, dauntless, and valiant. His ability to defy death becomes legendary. Copper, a half-bloodhound tracker, is the dog who lives to hunt the fox and, along with his beloved master, embarks on a lifelong quest to end the life of the elusive Tod.
Described from the animal's perspectives, the paths of these rivals intersect and overlap in a world teeming with scent, sound, sight and instinct. Their story is vivid, gripping, absorbing, arresting and unflinching. The reader's awareness of wildlife and the essence of their domain may be reshaped and refined and, in the end, irrevocably changed.
Winner of the Dutton Animal Book Award in 1967, the Athenaeum Literary Award, and was a Reader's Digest Book Club selection. The Fox and the Hound also became an animated Walt Disney movie.