A Fox in Paris

A Fox in Paris

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On a sultry August day in the summer of 1836, a young boy from the countryside of Bordeaux is abandoned to his fate on the streets of Paris.  Far from being the “City of Light,” for the poor and the homeless the streets of Paris are a dangerous and unforgiving place.  For 11-year old Lucien Lehun they are now home.
Up to the moment he is abandoned by his jealous older cousin, Lucien enjoyed a life of privilege in the home of his adoring uncle, who took the boy in after he is orphaned.  Raised and educated as a young gentleman by his wealthy uncle, it is the old man who instills in the young boy the values that will ultimately be his salvation.
Upon his uncle’s death, Lucien’s cousin Gustave takes control of his father’s estate and decides to rid himself of his new ward, rather than share any of his newly inherited wealth.  It is this selfish ambition that lands Lucien – frightened, penniless, and alone – in the Tuileries Palace gardens in Paris, with only his treasured copy of “Robinson Crusoe” to call his own.  It is here that the desperate boy rescues a stray dog that is about to be killed by the palace guards.  Doing his best to care for the badly injured animal, Lucien carries him along as he wanders the streets of the city in search of help.
Over time, the little dog regains his strength, and the two become an inseparable team, caring for each other through good times and bad, like Crusoe and Man-Friday, in Lucien’s favorite book.  By remembering the values of generosity, charity and optimism, instilled in him by his beloved uncle, and with  the help of his clever dog, the two manage to thrive on the streets of the city.  
In the end, by staying true to himself and the timeless lessons of his uncle,  Lucien succeeds not only in saving himself, and the dog, but also in resurrecting his shattered family in ways he could never have imagined.

Based on an unfinished work by Mary Nelson Carter, and adapted and expanded by Perry Vayo, the timeless lessons of A Fox in Paris, are as meaningful for young readers (of any age) now, as they were more than a century ago.  Generosity, selflessness, and personal honor are in short supply these days, and this story is a warm-hearted, captivating, and elegantly written reminder of their eternal value.   It’s a story we can all take to heart.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940015784152
Publisher: Infonouveau
Publication date: 10/15/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 12 MB
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About the Author

Mary Nelson Carter
Mary Carter was the daughter of well-to-do sea captain and ship owner. He moved his family to Fairfield, Connecticut, from New York City, after making a good fortune for himself in the coastal shipping trade. Mary spent her early years in New York, and it is here that she married a Union Navy doctor, also from New York, during the in 1863, as the Civil War raged. They relocated to Philadelphia not long afterward where her husband Charles Carter set up a medical practice.

After vacationing several summers in Blowing Rock, North Carolina, they fell in love with the area, and relocated there in the 1870s. Now a resident, Mary became intent on improving the literacy and general education of the mountain children living around the town. She spent many days visiting with the mountain folk, convincing parents of the need to have their children in school. It was at this time that she began her writing career. As she traveled the area, she collected stories of everyday life, and life during wartimes, from the old folks she met. The area was changing quickly and the old culture was being pushed out by a wave of new residents, and Mary set about recording what she could before it was gone. In 1900, her stories were published as a book titled, “Phases of Life Where the Galax Grows.” Originally released as a three-volume set of “stories of the south,” the book is a collection of actual and fictionalized narratives she collected.

As part of her ongoing literacy crusade, she organized and opened the area’s very first free lending library, called appropriately the, Lend-A-Hand Library. Originally housed in a building she had put on the lawn beside her home, the library has survived and grown over time, and is the foundation of the regional library system of Boone County, North Carolina.

It is not known when she began her work on the story that was to become, “A Fox in Paris.” But, the book was unfinished at the time of her death in Blowing Rock in 1908.

Perry Vayo
Perry is the great, great, grandson of Mrs. Carter. He is a graduate of the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, and St. Lawrence University. He has been a writer and film-maker in both creative and corporate environments ever since.

Perry conceived Infonouveau in 2011 after stumbling upon the notes for “A Fox in Paris” while looking th

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