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The Fox Wish: 06/08/20
The Fox Wish by Kimiko Aman and Komako Sakai was originally published in Japan in 2003 as きつねのかみさま (Kitsune no kami-sa ma). The edition I read was published in 2017 by Chronicle books.
A girl and a boy are on their way home from the park when the girl realizes she's left her jumprope behind. When she goes to retrieve it, she finds a group of foxes trying to jumprope. What's a kid to do when faced with foxes using their jumprope? Coach them!
Overall it's a short and sweet tale of children meeting up with foxes, or as the original title implies, fox gods, and doing the right thing by playing with them and letting them keep the jumprope.
But the artwork doesn't really work for me. The children are washed out. They're vaguely in a vintage style like something from my childhood. They're somewhat like Gyo Fujikawa's iconic illustrations.