I found this book at a thrift store, and I can't resist vintage children's books, as you may know. I saw the great illustrations (by Peter Spier) inside, and thought "Oh, a sweet little story about a fox.."
Yeah - well, not exactly.
I scanned some of the illustrated pages that are in full color. It's the book version of an old song, which I had probably heard before but I didn't really remember it. Until I read inside that it was arranged by Burl Ives. Burl Ives! That's when I realized that surely I had indeed heard it before. So - with apologies to those of you who live in the country and may have geese, ducks, or chickens to worry about - here are a few of the pages:
And please do go ahead and have a listen to the song, courtesy of YouTube:
I couldn't find a Burl Ives version that didn't sound distorted. And, may I also add that it still blows my mind that, with the internet, I can find a book and be able to listen to a song that's inside of it within hours, along with a vast assortment of other information, all quite literally at my fingertips. Amazing, isn't it?