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Pax Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-04-10 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 665 user ratings
ISBN:0062377027
LANGUAGE:English

""How many kids this week, he wondered, had woken up this week to find their worlds had changed...? Their parents gone off to war, maybe never coming home. That was the worst, of course. But what about the smaller loses? How many kids missed their older brothers or sisters for months at a time? How many friends had to say good-bye? How many kids went hungry? How many had to move? How many pets had they have to leave behind to fend for themselves? And why didn't anyone count those things? People should tell the truth about what war costs. Weren't those things the cost of war, too?"

I didn't really know what this book was about, but vaguely remember seeing it in the GoodReads Choice awards list last year. I didn't read the book blurb, and based on the cover I anticipated some of "Homeward Bound" or sweet coming-of-age sort of story. I downloaded the audio for my daughters and I to listen to, and it turned out to be too intense for my sensitive 10 year old.

The story centers around a young boy who must give up his pet fox when his widowded father goes to war and the boy goes to live with his grandfather (we never know whey they live -- geography or time period -- or why thy war is happening). After staying with his grandfather for a short period of time, the boy runs away to traverse hundreds of miles to go back and find the fox.

The story is told in alternating chapters from the boy and fox's point of view. Overall the book is dark and kind of frightening. There are moments of poignant moments, but I would not recommend for sensitive children.
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" A beatiful yet both heart-wrenching and heart-breaking masterpiece.My heart starts to swollen from the very first page till the end of it. I surely recommend for those who love animals to read this masterpiece......and I highly won't recommend for those who had a fragile heart to read it.... " said.

" I avoided reading this book for awhile because I knew it would break my heart ( yes it did !) while it is a children’s book as an adult I found it a beautiful read . I loved the chapters from the fox’s perspective .... we have a lot to learn . " said.

"A boy. A fox. Inseparable, until they are suddenly torn 300 miles apart. Told in the alternating voices of Peter and Pax the fox, this is a story of the friendship between a child and an animal, a story full of love, loyalty and determination, a story about how grief, war and anxiety can take deep root but how friendship can help you find peace within.

I've just finished this and, oh my, how the themes are vibrating in my mind and soul. Loyalty, friendship, family, anxiety, fear, determination, grief, war, peace within. Cannot wait to talk with my students about this. Incredibly powerful story.
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"این کتاب درباره ی یه پسر و روباهشه؛ اونا از هم جدا میشن و هرکدوم سفر خودشونو شروع میکنن و داستان خودشونو میگن؛ داستانی که متفاوته؛ اما درواقع یکیه.
جالب ترین چیز شنیدن داستان از زبان پکسه؛ اینکه یه روباه دنیا رو چه جوری تجربه میکنه؛ و احساساتش به صاحبش و دوستاش.
اما به نظر من این کتاب در واقع درباره ی جنگه.
اینکه جنگ با دنیاهای کوچیک تک تک ما چه کار میکنه و چه طور مارو تغییر میده.
«...جنگ یه بیماریه...وقتی جنگ بیاد همه بی تفاوت میشن...»
و درباره پیدا کردن «خود»ه. درباره ی اینکه کاری که از عمق وجود میدونی باید انجام بدی ، رو انجام بدی؛ و اینکه
«...دقیقا جایی هستم که باید باشم، کاری رو انجام میدم که باید انجام بدم. آرامش یعنی این.»
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"So which is it? You going back for your home or for your pet? They're the same thing, Peter said, the answer sudden and sure, although a surprise to him.

A heart-warming, rewarding novel, everybody should reach for. I recommend it not only to youngsters who saw the fox on the cover and immediately fell in love, but also to those, who are looking for a novel not only decorated with friendship and love, despite all obstacles, but also about acceptance and loss and most of all, an adventure.

A very beautiful tale, I would recommend to all ages.
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"Peter (human) and Pax (fox) have a special relationship, but Peter is forced to abandon Pax. Immediately regretting his decision, Peter decides to rescue Pax and the book is told in alternating chapters about the trials and tribulations of both. Peter breaks his foot, and is nursed both physically and emotionally by the mysterious Vola while Pax finds a young and old fox friend, who help him survive in the wild. I think the book's portrayal of humans was pretty harsh, but accurate. The ending was not what I expected, but I liked it even though some important things were left a bit unresolved. I would have liked more illustrations for this middle school reader. Kudos to Ms. Pennypacker for beating one of Riordan's 2016 books in the GR voting. " said.

"Книжка про лиса і його хлопчика — це, звичайно, історія про любов і вірність. Втративши маму в автокатастрофі, Пітер знаходить таке ж осиротіле лисеня. Пітерів батько не подужав смерті дружини і геть відсторонився від сина, тож маленький рудий Пакс швидко став найліпшим другом Пітера. Але це також історія про війну, і про той жахливий слід, який вона приносить в життя людей і тварин. Коли Пітерів батько вирішує приєднатися до війська і спихнути сина на дідуся, який мешкає за триста миль, то також змушує Пітера покинути молодого лиса у лісі. Гадаю, нікому не треба пояснювати, що робити таке в жодному разі не можна — ручне звірятко найімовірніше дуже швидко загине в дикому середовищі. Пітеру не вистачає сміливості протистояти батьку, але щойно той покидає хлопчика в дідуся, в малого визріває рішення — повернутися по Пакса. Для нього воно таке ж природне, як дихання. Як тут не згадати хрестоматійне "ми відповідаємо за тих, кого приручили". Малого Пітера не зупинить ні відстань у триста миль, ні війна, ні зламана нога — прагнення вчинити правильно надто сильне. Під час цієї подорожі він зуміє стати міцнішим, впевненішим, краще пізнати себе, а може, й врятувати ще когось. А що ж наш рудий Пакс? Щодругий розділ розповідає про нього. Він так само проходить свій шлях від домашнього улюбленця до звіра, який народився для суворого життя в дикому лісі.
Це досить жорстка книга, тут зовсім немає приторної солодкавості, якою так часто грішать книжки для дітей. Сара Пенніпакер зуміла написати цю щемку історію лиса і хлопчика без фальші, за що їй велика подяка.

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"У всіх нас усередині сидить звір, що зветься злість. Він може нам служити; багато доброго виникає зі злості на погане; багато несправедливого виправляється. Але спершу нам усім треба додуматись, як нашу злість окультурити."
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