The Tale of Tommy Fox
by Arthur Scott Bailey
The Tale of Tommy Fox is a story about the adventures of the mischievous Tommy Fox and his escapades with the Farmer, his dog, and his boy.
Source: Bailey, A. S. (1917). The Tale of Tommy Fox. New York: Grosset and Dunlap.
- Chapter 1: “Tommy Enjoys Himself”
- Tommy Fox plays with a feather and runs in circles to distract a dog’s scent trail. On his way home, he gets hungry and picks up the scent of Old Mother Grouse.
- Chapter 2: “Johnnie Green Goes Hunting”
- Tommy sees Old Mother Grouse and tries to eat her but she flies away just in time. He hears Johnny Green and runs home.
- Chapter 3: “Tommy Fox Learns to Hunt”
- Mrs. Fox teaches Tommy how to hunt by using a woodchuck.
- Chapter 4: “Mother Grouse’s Children”
- Tommy learns a lesson about cleverness when he is fooled by Old Mother Grouse and is unable to catch her or her children.
- Chapter 5: “Tommy Fox is Hungry”
- When Tommy Fox plays ill, a squirrel is fooled.
- Chapter 6: “Mr. Gray Squirrel’s Mistake”
- Tommy Fox opens one eye a little bit to see the squirrel. The squirrel saw this and Tommy missed catching the squirrel.
- Chapter 7: “Tommy Chases Mr. Woodchuck”
- Tommy Fox plays a cat-and-mouse game with Mr. Woodchuck and Mr. Woodchuck escapes down a hole.
- Chapter 8: “Something Makes Tommy Very Proud”
- Tommy hunts Mr. Woodchuck and brings him home.
- Chapter 9: “Tommy Fox in Trouble”
- Despite a warning from his mother, Tommy tries to steal one of Farmer Green’s hens.
- Chapter 10: “Mrs. Fox Outwits Dog Spot”
- When Tommy is chased by Farmer Green’s dog for trying to steal a hen, he runs straight for home. His mother fools the dog and loses him.
- Chapter 11: “Tommy Grows Too Careless”
- Tommy was older now and loved to have Spot, the dog, chase him. When Spot almost catches him, Tommy runs home. Spot discovers Tommy’s home and Tommy is worried.
- Chapter 12: “Old Mr. Crow Is Pleased”
- When Mrs. Fox returns home, she finds a trap outside her house. She warns Tommy not to step on the trap, but when Mr. Crow yells out something, Tommy is frightened and steps in the trap.
- Chapter 13: “Johnnie Green and His New Pet”
- When Tommy is caught in a trap, Farmer Green’s son wants to keep him as a pet.
- Chapter 14: “Tommy Fox Makes a Strange Friend”
- Tommy and Spot become friends. Farmer Green discovers hen feathers near Tommy.
- Chapter 15: “Johnnie Green Feels Sad”
- When Farmer Green discovers that Tommy was stealing his hens, he wants to kill Tommy. Johnnie feels sad for Tommy, but luckily Tommy escapes.
- Chapter 16: “Tommy Becomes Boastful”
- Johnnie lets Tommy loose. Tommy runs to his new home with his mother. He tells the forest animals his adventures with Farmer Green.
- Chapter 17: “Paying a Call on a Friend”
- Mr. Crow tricks Tommy into paying a call on his new friend Spot. When Tommy sees that Farmer Green has a new dog, he runs home.
- Chapter 18: “The World Turns White”
- Tommy and his mother are chased by Farmer Green’s new dog. They try to outwit and outrun him.
- Chapter 19: “Tommy Fox Learns a New Trick”
- Tommy and his mother outwit and outrun the farmer’s dogs.
- Chapter 20: “The Drummer of the Woods”
- Tommy makes up his mind to catch a grouse and chases Mr. Grouse.
- Chapter 21: “The Biggest Surprise of All”
- Tommy tries to catch Mr. Grouse. Mrs. Fox has five babies.
Bailey, A. (1917). The Tale of Tommy Fox. (Lit2Go ed.). Retrieved March 22, 2023, from https://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/20/the-tale-of-tommy-fox/
Bailey, Arthur Scott. The Tale of Tommy Fox. Lit2Go Edition. 1917. Web. <https://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/20/the-tale-of-tommy-fox/>. March 22, 2023.
Arthur Scott Bailey, The Tale of Tommy Fox, Li2Go edition, (1917), accessed March 22, 2023, https://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/20/the-tale-of-tommy-fox/.