Pushinka the Barking Fox by Lee Alan Dugatkin and Lyudmila Trut

A True Story of Unexpected Friendship

Rating: 4 out of 5.

What I Loved: This true story had photos and easy to understand language for young children. It made my daughter invested in the story. She had a lot of questions and wanted to know so much about this!

How I Felt: I knew nothing about this experiment and I was fascinated by the story. The domestication of the Siberian silver fox started in 1959 and is still ongoing. Watching Pushinka devlop a loving relationship with Lyudmila was wonderful. As Pushinka learns and changes, I found myself extremely invested and found this to be an enjoyable read for not only my daughter, but also myself.

To Read or Not To Read: This is a great book for teaching about long-term experiments to children. The images and wording make it perfect for any elementary student.

In 1959, an experiment was started to see if the Siberian silver fox could be domesticated. Year after year, the foxes were scored on a friendliness test and the highest scored were allowed to breed and those pups were then tested and the cycle started again. Lyudmila was so taken by Pushinka, one of the pups, that she moved into a small home with the fox to take the experiment to the next level. What resulted is a story of love and friendship.

I received a copy of this advanced reader’s copy for free. I am leaving my review voluntarily.

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