First of all, I'm not quite sure if I'm putting this in the right section, I'm fairly new to stack exchange and I couldn't find anywhere else. I'm sorry if this isn't the right category.

This was a book that was read to me about 6 years ago in school, I can't remember the author, the book name, not even the character name.. But what I do remember is the character found a skinned animal/fur coat in a closet and there was a bone at the end of the tail. The fox spoke to the character and said to put a fruit from a tree in its mouth and every next day, the character would find more and more bones in the tail and through the body, etc. That's all I can remember.

If anyone has an idea of what book it may be, please let me know and thanks in advance.

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    It seems on-topic. There are definitely fantasy elements here.
    – Valorum
    Feb 24, 2015 at 13:49
  • Do you remember the approximate year that you read this book?
    – Zibbobz
    Feb 24, 2015 at 14:40

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Knew I read this somewhere.....Someone postulated the TV adaptation as an ID for a Movies & TV SE question.

It's a short story called "Grandad's Gifts" from a short story collection named Unbearable by Paul Jennings, published in 1990.

Also available as a standalone picture book.
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A boy finds a fox stole in his grandad's cupboard. He picks lemons from a tree outside and gives them to the fox-- which comes back to life.


Shane's father promised his own father years ago that he would never open the locked cupboard in his bedroom. Now that they are moving into the Grandad's old house, Shane's father expects Shane to keep that promise. Shane's father also points out the two lemon trees in the back garden. A big one and a small one. The big tree, laden with lemons, marks where Grandad shot a fox and buried its remains. The other tree is shrivelled with only two lemons on it. Under his bed, Shane finds a loose board -- and a rusty key hidden. It unlocks the forbidden cupboard! Inside is a dried fox. Then Shane notices the old photograph in the kitchen of long-dead Grandad and a dried fox. That night Shane dreams of the lemon tree and, as if on command, goes out and gets a lemon and puts it in the dead fox's mouth. Feeding lemons to the fox brings it back to life! All except for real eyes. Shane knows it's the last two lemons the fox needs. All that is left behind when the fox returns to the wild are two glass eyes. The fox looks back at Shane with its clear blue eyes (the color of Grandad's eyes) and seems to say 'Thank you. And farewell.' The little lemon tree dies. And Shane's father happens to mention, "It's never grown well, and it should have. Because we planted it on Grandad's grave."

  • That's a pretty creepy story
    – Daft
    Feb 24, 2015 at 14:53
  • @Daft certainly is.
    – Trish Ling
    Feb 24, 2015 at 14:53
  • I though it was ringing a bell in my head bet I saw it on round the twist though! Feb 24, 2015 at 15:31
  • Yes!!! Thank you so much, this is the one.
    – Sav
    Feb 25, 2015 at 5:54

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