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Children's Fiction Friendship

The Ranger

illustrated by Nancy Vo

Groundwood Books Ltd
Initial publish date
Aug 2019
Friendship, Survival Stories, General
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2019
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Aug 2019
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: k to 3
  • Reading age: 4 to 8


In this second book in Nancy Vo’s Crow Stories trilogy, a ranger and a fox form a special and unexpected friendship while navigating an indifferent and dangerous wilderness.

In this memorable and beautifully illustrated story, a ranger comes across a fox caught in a trap. The ranger frees the fox and promises only to tend to its wounds. The fox recovers and remains curiously close to the ranger, and when unexpected twists occur, the fox ends up being the helper. The ranger asks the fox, “Does this make us even?” and almost immediately feels regret—keeping score has no place in friendship. And so the two continue their journey together.

In this second book in the Crow Stories trilogy, Nancy Vo explores themes of friendship and how meaningful bonds form when we can openly give and receive. Vo’s stunning, spare illustrations are a delight, and complement the journey of these two nuanced characters toward understanding and companionship.

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.

About the author

NANCY VO was born on the prairies and now lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. She studied fine arts and architecture, and now works as a facility planner and a picture-book maker. She is the author and illustrator of the first two books in the Crow Stories trilogy. The Outlaw was described by the New York Times as “Bewitching,” while The Ranger received a starred review from Kirkus and was praised as “visually arresting and enigmatic.” Nancy has also illustrated As Glenn as Can Be by Sarah Ellis.


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  • Nominated, Chocolate Lily Book Award — Picture Book
  • Commended, Kirkus Best Picture Books

Editorial Reviews

A restrained text fuses with visually arresting and enigmatic interactions to open a welcoming space for contemplation.

Kirkus Reviews

The Ranger is a memorable and beautifully illustrated picture book story … an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library picture book collections …

Midwest Book Review

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