Gijsbert (Nick) and Robbyn van Frankenhuyzen have spent years rehabilitating injured and orphaned animals and restoring them back to the wild. Their adventures began with the tale of Jackson the great horned owl in Adopted by an Owl, published in 2001.
In Saving Samantha they continue sharing one of many of their fascinating wildlife accounts with the recovery and release of a red fox. Upon discovering her as a pup in a rusty trap near her family den, Robbyn raced home with her to begin Samantha’s healing. Sam’s encounters with other animals on the farm highlight her need to return to the wild, from her friendship with the family dog, Myles, to her battles with the local bully (a rooster named Igor) and the family crow, Corvis.
Through Samantha, readers will come to understand the delicate balance between healing and release, the glory of reunion, and the bittersweet sadness of letting go.
Written by Robbyn Smith van Frankenhuyzen and Illustrated by Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen