Follow this young fox as he explores the world around him during the first few months of his life. He’s about a month old when he first comes out of the den. Watch as he explores the world around him, learning how to hunt through play and by using his senses. See the changes as he grows from a young kit to a young fox. After all, by the next summer, he’ll have children of his own! Naturalist photographer and environmental educator Mary Holland has captured Ferdinand’s First Summer in a way that is sure to grab children’s hearts.
"Ferdinand and his siblings explore the world with their senses, putting new things in their mouths to taste and feel. They point their ears toward sounds and explore their incredible sense of smell. The kits practice pouncing on prey by jumping on each other and play fight to learn defenses. By the end of the summer, Ferdinand is putting all these things to use to find his own food, and next spring, his own kits will be learning the same lessons."...(January 2013) Kirkus Reviews
Mary Holland is a naturalist, nature photographer, columnist, and author with a life-long passion for natural history. After graduating from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources, Mary worked as a naturalist at the museum of the Hudson Highlands in New York state and directed the state-wide Environmental Learning for the Future program for the Vermont Institute of Natural Science. She also worked as a resource naturalist for the Massachusetts Audubon Society and designed and presented her own “Knee-High Nature Programs” for libraries and elementary schools throughout Vermont and New Hampshire. Mary’s latest book, Naturally Curious: A Photographic Field Guide and Month-by-Month Journey through the Fields, Woods and Marshes of New England, won the 2011 National Outdoor Book Award for the Nature Guidebook category. Also, her children’s book, Milkweed Visitors, received national acclaim when it was placed on the AAAS Science Books and Films list for the best books of 2006. Mary lives is Hartland, Vermont with her lab, Emma.