The Fox and the Star by Coralie Bickford-Smith

Sometimes we have to choose to pick ourselves up, go out into the world, and be. Yes, it will be hard. But in the end, that decision, in the face of loss or sadness or defeat,  plays a large part in defining who we are. “Look up beyond your ears,” a world of beauty and love awaits you — if you go out and seek it. The Fox and the Star, simply, is a story about love, loss and will. Its images speak for themselves.

I set out to write a longer review of The Fox and the Star. However, while researching the book (I needed to know how those arresting images were made), I came across a terrific interview with Coralie Bickford-Smith in Creative Review, which takes the reader through Bickford-Smith’s process for writing and designing the book. Instead of lots from me, I thought I would share the interview with you. Also, I read elsewhere that William Blake’s poem, Eternity, was Bickford-Smith’s inspiration for The Fox and the Star, so, in case you are unfamiliar with that text (I was) here it is:


He who binds to himself a joy
Does the winged life destroy
He who kisses the joy as it flies
Lives in eternity’s sunrise




About Stephanie Cummings

Stephanie Cummings is a former BBC Journalist sharing her lifetime love of children's literature and illustration with her two young daughters -- and now with you, too, through Two in a Tepee. Stephanie has an academic background at the undergraduate level in literature and has master's degrees in both anthropology (material and visual culture) and design. She started her professional life in an art gallery and ended up producing radio programmes for BBC Radio 4, before deciding to become a stay at home mum. She lives with her handsome husband (who is sometimes invited into the tepee) in leafy north London.

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